Come out: members, non-members, friends, family, adults and children to support this great cause. For a small donation, adults can enjoy a group exercise class while the kids participate in kid-friendly, exercise activities with Ronald McDonald himself. If you can’t join us, but you’d like to make a donation, please visit http://rmhctoledo.org/campaign.
Playground equipment and other amenities at the house provide solace and a sense of normalcy for siblings and families who temporarily call the Ronald McDonald House “home”. These families welcome normalcy and tranquility during a time which might, naturally, be quite stressful. The playground equipment is a great way for the children to escape the stress and engage in physical activity in a fun way.
The Stokes family, pictured below, called the Ronald McDonald House “home” for three months after prematurely delivering twins. Dad, mom and a 6-year old sibling moved into the house to be closer to the babies while they received medical care. The family expressed gratitude to the staff for a number of things, but particularly for the attention given to their 6-year old during the stay. He was able to “just be a kid.” He attended his first baseball game and visited a museum for the first time, while living at the Ronald McDonald House.
Like the Stokes family, often the siblings of a sick child must stay at the Ronald McDonald House with their parents. The playground and other amenities are welcomed distractions for the children. The new, heart-shaped playground will be an expression of the love the staff feels for the families and the love the families feel for their sick children. We ask for your support as we raise money for this worthy cause. We look forward to seeing you on Oct. 10 at 9 A.M.
Healthcare Heroes is a community program, sponsored by several local organizations and businesses in the Toledo area, including Fostering Healthy Communities and the Toledo Business Journal. Congratulations Suzette on such a well-deserved honor.
Join today and a FREE Fitbit zip is yours ($60 value). It’s much more than a pedometer. The Fitbit zip tracks your steps, distance, and calories burned, then automatically syncs the data to your Fitbit account. Whether online or through the Fitbit application, you can set goals and stay motivated to keep on your path to fitness.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the 10th Annual Sunset River Cruise for only $15 per person. Food from The Beirut and drinks will be provided. Registration is required at the front desk.
THURS., SEPT. 15, 4 -5:15 p.m.
Kids’ Swim Team: This fun and interactive workout for kids emphasizes stroke technique, fitness, and leadership skills. Kids will be able to perform based on their individual skill level. Choose from a beginner’s class or advanced! Sign up at the front desk. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 – 5:15 p.m., beginning Sept. 15. Program runs for 8 weeks. Call for costs.
FRI., SEPT. 18, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Kids’ Club Movie Night: Join us in the Kids’ Club for a kid-friendly movie. Pizza will be provided. Ages 4 and up welcome. This event is FREE to members and only $7.50 for non-members. Parents must stay in the club while children enjoy the movie. Non-members: inquire about a free pass to check out the club while you wait or stop by the Black Out Glow Dance Party.
FRI., SEPT. 18, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Black Out Glow Dance Party: Come party with us. Enjoy our first ever “Black Out Glow Party.” Wear your bright colors and make a donation toward playground equipment for the new Ronald McDonald House! Non-members are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Sign up at the front desk.
MON., SEPT. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Healthy Heart Monday: Come explore new and fun ways to become heart healthy. Learn how to improve your heart health without ever stepping on a treadmill.
MON., SEPT. 21 – WED., OCT. 28
Cybex Bravo HIIT Training: Choose the session that works best for you- Session 1 (Mondays at 12 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m.) or Session 2 (Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6 p.m.). The program will run for 6 consecutive weeks for a high intensity interval training session. This is a great alternative if you are looking for a fun change to your workout program or if you need fast results. Cybex Bravo High-intensity interval training (HIIT) alternates between intense bursts of activity on our Bravo Cybex machines, cardio bursts and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. This workout is great for weight loss. Burns double the calories in less time. Sign up at the front desk.
SUN., SEPT. 27, 9:30 a.m.
Race for the Cure: Here’s an opportunity to get in some physical activity, while supporting a great cause. Join thousands of others in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Toledo. Registration at the event is required. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research.
Bring a buddy to your Pilates reformer session and get a discount! All month long when you bring a buddy to your Pilates class you choose your discount: 2 sessions for $60 or 3 sessions for $75.
NEW Massage Specials:
- Back to School Monday Massage: Schedule a one-hour, Monday appointment with Nicole Hall for only $50 (with a student ID) or $57 for non-students.
- Wonderful Wednesday Massage Special: Schedule a one-hour, Wednesday appointment with any of our licensed massage therapists for only $50.
- Thrifty Thursdays: Schedule a one-hour, Thursday appointment with any of our licensed massage therapists and get a $10 discount off regular cost of a massage. The costs on Thrifty Thursday are $55 (members) or $65 (non-members).
Looking for a great way to introduce your little one to the water? Then, this class is for you (well, your little one)! Children under 3 years of age will develop a comfort with water through kicking, playing, and a variety of other fun water activities. Sign up at the front desk. Join us every Friday from 5 – 5:30 p.m.
As the mind and body age, we commonly think it is time to slow down and do less. However, the opposite is true. It’s important to exercise the mind and body to maintain mental function, reduce the risk of disease, stay physically active and maintain flexibility and balance.
There are options for individuals of all health and fitness levels to begin or maintain an exercise regimen. If you don’t currently have a fitness plan, or begin to experience challenges with your current routine, it’s important to consult with your physician. Have a discussion about your goals and current challenges so you can work together to develop a plan that will work for your lifestyle.
There are four important focus areas for staying active as we age:
- Aerobic exercises are fundamental for a healthy heart. Try walking or biking with a friend, swimming, or low-impact group fitness classes that will elevate your heart rate but are easy on your joints.
- Strength training produces dramatic results but is also important to prevent muscle loss as we age. Lifting light weights can help to maintain strength in the arms, legs and core.
- Stretching and balance exercises can help relieve some symptoms of arthritis and prevent falls. Try a yoga class or tai chi. The classes provide added benefits of peace and relaxation to help manage stress.
- Stimulating the brain is important to help prevent the loss of mental function and some forms of dementia. Crossword puzzles, word games, Sudoku, conversations with friends and family, learning new skills and traveling are all ways to keep your mind active.
Some helpful hints:
- It’s important to set yourself up for success to maintain a high quality of life and to achieve measurable results with your fitness program.
- Make exercise a regular part of your day. You’ll be less likely to stop if it’s a part of your everyday routine, like brushing teeth. If you are interrupted for travel, illness or injury, you’ll find it easier to start up again when you’re ready.
- Stick with it. If you can maintain your exercise routine or physical activity for at least 6 months, it’s a good sign that you are on the way to making physical activity a regular habit.
- Make it fun. Exercise doesn’t have to be an exhausting, sweaty chore that is dreaded. Try a new sport, go dancing, or visit walking trails in the local park system. If you enjoy what you are doing, you’re more likely to look forward to your workout and will stick with it.
- Use the buddy system. Exercising with a friend helps you both be accountable and gives you someone with whom to try new things and laugh!
Roseanna Mosiniak is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Group Fitness Instructor at ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club where she specializes in senior fitness. For more information, visit http://www.wildwoodathleticclub.com or call 419-539-0235