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Wellness initiatives increase community health awareness

By Julie Akers For The Madison Press

March 5, 2014

New Year’s resolutions are in full swing at Madison County Hospital and several employees and community members recently completed a six-week core stability class to invest in their wellness.


Under the guidance of Madison County Hospital physical therapist Phil Brown, participants met twice a week for six weeks at the Rehabilitation Clinic located in the Park Avenue Medical Building. The purpose of the class was to develop core strength through various exercises. Participants also learned about core strengthening benefits, which include balance improvement, pain reduction and an increase of both muscle strength and flexibility.


According to the Mayo Clinic, aerobic exercise and muscular fitness are the foundation of most fitness programs; however, core exercises should be included in all exercise regiments to optimize results and achieve a well-rounded program.


“Our highly skilled physical therapy team is committed to providing quality rehabilitation and post rehabilitation wellness programs that focus on restoring and maintaining physical fitness and well-being,” said Myah Thies, Director of Therapy Services. “The core strengthening class led by Brown and co-instructor Craig Skillings is just the beginning of a series that will promote health awareness in an enjoyable environment.”


Several initiatives will be offered later this year to help boost activity levels for all hospital employees. One initiative making a comeback is the 50 Miles in 50 Days Challenge. The Challenge is a walking program that made its debut last summer and encourages teams to walk as many miles in 50 days as possible.


Community members are also invited to take part in upcoming programs. This October, the Physical Therapy department and Battelle Breast Care Center will host the Second Annual Race for Recovery. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to both Physical Therapy and Breast Cancer Awareness Month and promote healthy living, prevention and recovery. The rehabilitation team is also developing lessons for both Tai Chi and Zumba classes.


“No one should be afraid to try something new,” said Brown. “Each of our classes is offered to all who are interested, regardless of age, and all classes can be tailored to meet an individual’s fitness level.”


For those who would like to participate in fitness activities at any time, the Madison County Hospital Wellness Center provides opportunities for supervised aerobic exercise and strength training. Available equipment includes treadmills, stationary bikes, a stair climber, an elliptical machine and a variety of weight lifting machines.


For more information on wellness classes or to make an appointment to tour the Wellness Center, please call the Madison County Hospital Physical Therapy department at (740) 845-7275.


Julie Akers is the Marketing Coordinator for Madison County Hospital. She can be reached at (740) 845-7055.