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Another Successful Year For The Summer Fitness Program

Manchester, KY – The second annual Summer Fitness program sponsored by Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) ended on July 29, 2015, with 36 participants sharing glory on the finale night and sitting down to a catered meal.

Summer Fitness is a free 9-week program for people in Clay County aged 16 and up. This program is designed to get Clay countians active through a variety of different physical exercises and provide lessons about health and wellness.

This year, Summer Fitness was held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 7:00pm at the Clay County Middle School. The first day of class participants were given an initial screening and written test to gauge where they ranked on nutrition and wellness. The screening included body weight, body mass index, and body fat percentage, while the test covered material pertaining to nutrition. Every class after that followed the same structure, which consisted of three sessions:

o First exercise session, 5:30 – 6:00pm
o CREATION Health information session and snack break, 6:00 – 6:20pm
o Last exercise session, 6:20 – 7:00pm

Areas of focus during the Summer Fitness program included nutrition counseling, joint and muscle flexibility, strength and resistance, cardiovascular exercise, balance and coordination.

To conclude this 9-week program, participants underwent a final screening and written test. Once testing finished, Jeremy Hacker, MMH Community Outreach Coordinator, hosted a celebratory dinner at which grilled chicken breast, steamed vegetables and baked potatoes were served and prizes were given away. Instructors and participants who attended at least 75% of the total classes were awarded Amazon Fire 6 HD tablets. Smaller prizes such as jump ropes, kettle bells, medicine balls, and free weights were given out as prize-drawings.

For more information on the hospital’s Community Outreach programs, call 606-598-1095. The full year schedule is also available at www.manchestermemorial.org.

*published in the Manchester Enterprise