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All levels of training to be demonstrated

Answers on how to begin a healthy workout will be available during Wellness Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Children’s Hospital lobby.

by April Taylor
Harper Student Wellness Center
The beginning of a new year is the traditional time many of us resolve to better our health and well-being. Reasons are both common and personal.
Maybe your weight has gone up during the last year or two, and increased body fat correlates with a higher risk of health problems such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Perhaps you have thought about beginning an exercise program, but did not know where to begin. The basic guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for healthy adults age 65 and younger are to: perform moderately intense cardio 30 minutes a day, five days-a-week or do vigorously intense cardio 20 minutes a day, three days-a-week, and do eight to 10 strength-training exercises, eight to 12 repetitions of each exercise twice a week.
The first real step in beginning a new health and wellness routine should be a conversation with your physician or other medical professional. After determining your ability to safely exercise, you should evaluate your readiness for lifestyle change. Are you committed to going to the gym or working out at home? Is there a support network in place such as family, friends or peers to motivate you if you get discouraged? Do you have a plan to reward yourself in a positive manner for meeting goals along the way? If the answer is yes to all of these questions, then what is the next step? How do you begin? Do you need a gym membership? Should you complete a fitness assessment to determine your body composition? Would working out with a personal trainer be beneficial?
Visit  the Health 1st Wellness Wednesday table  Jan. 21 to get answers to these questions. Sample beginner exercise routines using body bars and resistance tubing will be demonstrated. Meanwhile, you also will have an opportunity to try each exercise and receive feedback on proper form. The routines demonstrated can be done at home, the office, or replicated with the equipment available at the Wellness Center.

Upcoming events
Worksite Screening: Get this thorough, preventive health screening Feb. 12 at the Wellness Center. The cost is $15 if you are a subscriber of one of the state health plans and $42 if you are not. Spouses and dependents can participate as well. Call 792-9959 or e-mail for information.

Circuit Training Class: Learn how to create a 30 minute circuit using your own body and simple equipment. Then recreate that same circuit at home or while traveling. The next class will be in February. Call 792-9959 or e-mail to register.

Wellness Teams Competition:  Develop a healthier lifestyle by joining or starting a Health 1st Wellness Team. The competition goes from Jan. 1 to March 31. Teams can be started at any time during the competition (no registration deadline). Free pedometers and log books are provided to team members. Each member of the winning team receives a Whole Foods bag filled with delicious, healthy groceries.
Visit and click on Team Competition for information or call 792-1245.

Mammogram van: Looking for a convenient way to have a mammogram? The Hollings Cancer Center van will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 18 next to the Basic Science Building loading dock. Call 792-0878.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2009

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