Rouses Point Fitness Trail Aims to Promote Healthy Living

Rouses Point Fitness Trail Now Open!

In early 2016, Rouses Point Village had the inspiration to bring outdoor fitness to their community.  Together, with the New York State Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, they developed and opened an Xccent Fitness park.  

With the idea that outdoor fitness equipment is more fun than training indoors, especially in nice weather, Jan went to work planning the project.  With the combined efforts, they developed a half mile loop that contains multiple pieces of equipment to stimulate the mind and body and promote a healthy living style.  

On July 4th, they were able to see their dream come to fruition.  For more information on this project, visit Rouses Point’s website.  To visit the park, the address is:

Village of Rouses Point

38 Woodhaven Drive

Rouses Point, NY  12979


For questions on how you can develop a park in your area or for general outdoor fitness related questions, Contact Brian Dykhuizen.

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Senior Wellness System Unveiled In Manchester

Senior Wellness System Unveiled In Manchester
The system was donated by Pfizer and ShopRite.

By Karen Wall (Patch Staff) – October 20, 2016 3:12 pm ET

MANCHESTER, NJ — Senior citizens have a new place to gather and socialize while at the same time getting in a workout after the new Senior Motion Wellness System was christened at Harry Wright Lake Wednesday.

The motion wellness system was donated to Manchester by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and ShopRite, and was chosen as the first site to receive one due to Manchester’s sizable senior citizen population, officials said.

The unique system, by Xccent Fitness of Wyoming, Minn., is designed to help older adults exercise to improve balance and coordination. The outdoor fitness equipment features more than a dozen activities – including a rope bridge, stair walk, rope course and balance beam, a news release from Pfizer and ShopRite said.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous donation at Harry Wright Lake Park, where our seniors can now meet and socialize while also working on staying fit,” said Manchester Mayor Kenneth Palmer, who attended the ribbon-cutting along with residents and several other township officials. Councilman Craig Wallis, Business Administrator Donna Markulic, Public Works Director Al Yodakis and Police Chief Lisa Parker were among those in attendance.

“When this idea was presented to our administrators, it was a no-brainer,” Palmer said. “There was no question that we wanted to build this beautiful facility for our senior residents. This was a tremendous idea that certainly suits our needs and suits our residents.”

Chris Skyers, vice president of Health & Beauty Care at Wakefern, the parent company of ShopRite, was among the guest speakers, who also included Joel Perlmutter, owner of the ShopRite of Manchester.

Skyers emphasized the importance of giving back to the community, which is why Manchester Township was chosen for this donation, he said.

“Our core purpose is not selling food, it’s caring for our communities,” he said. “You’re the reason that we do what we do. We’re here to serve the community first.”

“This wellness system is a wonderful benefit to our community and a welcome addition to Harry Wright Lake,” Wallis said following the ribbon cutting as he surveyed the equipment, located beyond the band shell and adjacent to the outdoor fitness center and walking trail.

“ ShopRite is proud to be part of this collaboration to help our customers and the residents of this community live fuller, more active lives,” Perlmutter said.

“Approximately 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65 each day,” said Lisa Paley, chief customer officer at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “The World Health Organization says that one-third of those over age 65 suffer falls at least once a year. We believe adult fitness systems like this one can help seniors stay physically active and maintain their balance and coordination skills.”

SOURCE: Manchester Patch
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Outdoor Fitness Park Receives an Award!

Ponchatoula adult fitness center receives award for innovation

Sunday, August 7, 2016 

The Louisiana Municipal Association awarded the Ponchatoula Wellness Plaza with the Community Development Award for the 2015 Most Innovative Project in the State for cities with populations of 3,000 to 10,000.

The Wellness Plaza began as a small spark at the Art Station and became a reality when it opened to the public Dec. 11. The centerpiece is a state of the art Motion Wellness System which includes 18 exercises to help adults strengthen their balance and coordination.

Completed in a record six-month period, the Wellness Plaza was made possible by 32 local businesses and service organizations that donated $65,000.

Mayor Bob Zabbia said a successful community is based on partnership.

“The city and the businesses embraced it, and we couldn’t have done it without it,” he said.

The award from the LMA comes at just the right time as the City is embarking on Phase II of the Wellness Plaza. Planned along the existing walking path that surrounds the Plaza, Phase II will include four stations that provide higher impact exercise equipment, a bench, receptacle, light and water fountain.

Zabbia said the second phase will not be as extensive as the first. He hopes to begin planning in September and to start construction by the end of the year.

The mayor has been contacted by several businesses wishing to help. The Strawberry Festival Board and Carter Chiropractic have already given donations for the construction of Phase II.

For more information or to donate, call Rhonda Sheridan, the mayor’s executive assistant, at 985-386-0741 or Kim Zabbia at the Art Station, 985-386-8815.

Source: Hammond Star


Motion Wellness Systems at St. Paul’s Plaza

Seniors get play time too

Article By: Allison Sampite-Montecalvo, San Diego Tribune

CHULA VISTA — Seniors and their families are enjoying an intergenerational playground built in east Chula Vista.

St. Paul’s Plaza in Otay Ranch installed the outdoor activity center — created for adults and children — last month. The playground focuses on safe and fun exercise for older adults while providing a space for children to play.

Ronn Ellenrich, the general manager at St. Paul’s Plaza, said the organization is always looking for ways to improve senior health and well-being, and the activity center allows generations of families to exercise and socialize together.

Aside from offering physical therapy, the playground also provides a social space where seniors can interact with others who can relate to their situation. With some equipment designed for more than one person, it creates an environment for working together and building friendships, helpful in keeping seniors from becoming isolated, lonely and depressed.

The playground offers a slide, bridge and several exercise stations.

“The seniors of today are different than the seniors of only 10 years ago,” said Amanda Gois, director of corporate marketing at St. Paul’s Senior Services. “They were more active as adults. They had a lot more hobbies and experiences and a lot of the senior communities are not catering to that.”

St. Paul’s Plaza is a resort-style retirement community for seniors 60 or older looking for active residential living, personal care, memory support or a combination of services and programs.

Seniors like Virginia Sutton, 89, came to St. Paul’s Plaza about six months ago with her husband who needed personal care.

At St. Paul’s, residents are classified as active, personal care and memory impaired.

An “active independent,” Sutton wracked her brain for several seconds when she was asked her age, but not because of a memory issue.

“Virginia really embodies well living,” Ellenrich said. “She couldn’t remember her age because she doesn’t pay attention to it because it’s just a number.”

That became apparent when she stood at the top of the slide at the plaza’s new intergenerational playground. “I want to go down backwards,” she said.

Despite being one of the plaza’s oldest residents, who range in age from 64 to 101, Sutton refers to the people she’s living with as the “old people.”

Before building St. Paul’s Plaza in Chula Vista, a study was done to identify need and it revealed that Chula Vista has a high percentage of seniors, which was why the organization purchased the land.

Meetings were hosted for seniors once a month during the 2014-15 planning and building process.

“We had seniors from different areas meet with us and tell us what they wanted in a senior community, and the big thing that kept coming up is that they wanted to have a place to live where their grandchildren could come and visit with them and they could have things to do,” Gois said.

The playground has helped make the plaza a family destination.

Senior citizen playgrounds differ from traditional playgrounds because they offer equipment safer for older joints, emphasizing core muscle strength to improve balance and coordination, build strength and increase flexibility.

Equipment specifically focuses on use of the wrist, arms and shoulders, range of motion and footwork.

Some equipment is designed for those with limited mobility or who are in a wheelchair.

The artificial turf grass is designed to protect senior joints from a 6 foot fall.

“One of the biggest risks for seniors is falls,” Ellenrich said. “Once a senior has fallen, it’s always in their mind that they’re going to fall again, especially if they’ve broken a bone.”

The first senior citizen playground is believed to have been built in China in 1995 after the country adopted a national law that resulted in a nationwide physical fitness program for elderly citizens. Today, senior citizen playgrounds are found worldwide.

St. Paul’s Senior Services has been providing care and support for San Diego County seniors since 1960.

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Active Outdoor at Allegheny County parks

Exercise equipment being installed in Allegheny County parks

Article By: Aaron Aupperlee,

Visitors to some Allegheny County Parks don’t have to stay inside a gym to get a cardio or weight-training workout.

The county Parks Department installed exercise equipment at Round Hill Park, Settler’s Cabin Park, South Park and White Oak Park in April and will do the same at Boyce Park, Deer Lakes Park, Harrison Hills Park and North Park next month.

“We know that exercise controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep and, although it may be hard for some people to believe, can even be fun,” county Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a statement. “We hope that these stations become a popular place for individuals and families, and that it’s one more way that they can ‘live well’ in Allegheny County.”

The 69 pieces of equipment, manufactured by Minnesota-based Xccent Fitness, cost $530,000. The county used $175,000 from bonds and $355,000 from the Allegheny Regional Asset District. The equipment is part of the county’s Live Well Allegheny campaign, which is aimed at improving the health of residents through healthy behaviors like exercise.

The county hopes parents will use the equipment, which is installed near playgrounds at most parks, to get in a workout while keeping an eye on their children.

The equipment includes an air strider machine that provides a no-impact cardio workout, an elliptical machine, an abdominal and back machine, an arm and leg press machine and a pull-up and dip machine.

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Wellness Grand Opening in Louisiana

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In just five short months from the original idea, the Ponchatoula Wellness Plaza will open in Kiwanis Park, Friday, December 11, with a ribbon cutting at 1:00 followed by a two hour Health Fair, all free and open to the public.

The Wellness Plaza is an outdoor, state-of-the-art fitness area specializing in older adult health. The centerpiece of the Wellness Plaza is a Jungle Gym which includes 18 exercises to help adults improve their balance and build confidence, which in turn will prevent falls and hospital stays. The Plaza also includes temperature-neutral benches as well as a gazebo to give Ponchatoula’s 50+ citizens the chance to visit and meet new people. The facility will also be lighted for nighttime use.

Mayor Bob Zabbia has secured over $64,000 in private donations, almost all of which have come from local businesses who have partnered with a city committed to making the Wellness Plaza a reality: First Guaranty Bank, Elmer Candy Co., North Oaks, Pon Food, Whitney Bank, Florida Parishes Bank, Middendorf’s, Walmart, Ponchatoula Therapy, Cypress Pointe, Bohnings Supermarket, Acadian Cypress, MediThrift Pharmacy, Premier Hearing & Balance, First Baptist Church, Seven Oaks Signs, Johnny Chauvin Photography and J & M Industries.

Organizations have jumped on board like the Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club, Lions Club and Rotary Club as well as countless individuals who have just written checks to say, “Hey, we want to make this happen in Ponchatoula!”

During Friday’s Health Fair, Ponchatoula Therapy will be on hand to assist in the use of the various exercises, North Oaks Rehab will provide balance screening, and about a dozen other Partners will distribute valuable information about health and fitness.

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Jungle Gym for Senior Citizens Opens in St. Paul

Minnesota’s first Motion Wellness System opened at Episcopal Homes of Minnesota Friday morning.

The system is similar to a jungle gym, but it’s engineered to help senior citizens with stability, balance and coordination.

Julie Niewald is the Wellness Director at Episcopal Homes.

“This is all about playing,” said Niewald. “When we describe this equipment many people ask if this is a jungle gym, and it is.”

The course features lower and upper body exercises with “how-to” instructions at each station.

“It’s all about preventing falls and preventing hospital stays,” said Niewald. “It also increases social interaction.”

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Jungle Gym For Seniors Provides Rehabilitative Fun With Reduced Risks

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Nearly 500 seniors living in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul now have access to a jungle gym made for adults over age 55.

Episcopal Homes of Minnesota and Xccent Fitness opened a new motion wellness gym for seniors that has a first-of-its-kind indoor play structure designed to reduce the risk of falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one of three adults aged 65 or older falls each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury among this group.

Source: WCCO News (Minnesota CBS Local)