Webinar Series -Lunch Breaks with HPA- April 7th

You are invited to HPA’s Lunch Break Webinar Series.  Join us for a 20-minute power briefing Wednesday April 7th at 12:00 P.M. EST. This month’s topic will cover ” How Medical Wellness Centers Can Provide Fitness Programming to Patient Populations”.  Adam Hodges, General Manager of Anderson Health and Fitness Center, will be presenting. Adam has many years of experience in the Medical Wellness Industry.  Join us, as Adam shares his knowledge on his award-winning Diabetes Prevention Program and other highly successful programs. Click on the following link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5896949554248204555

Indianapolis Healthplex – Rock Steady Boxing Program

Indianapolis Healthplex is excited to announce its partnership with Rock Steady Boxing. Rock Steady is a non-profit organization and program designed to help those fighting Parkinson’s Disease to maintain or improve their life. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disorder which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech, and sensory function.

According to the Rock Steady Boxing Program, various studies in the 1980s and 1990s supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably impact mobility, stability, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living.
“Our clients attest, and academic institutions, such as University of Indianapolis and Butler University, are reporting and documenting the improved quality of life among our boxers. Discovery of a cure may be many years away but in the last seven years, there is evidence that progress is made in all stages of the disease by those participating in the RSB program,” (2020, Rock Steady Boxing, via website).
The IHP Fitness Director, Michael Clemens, is completing his training and certification as an instructor for Indianapolis Healthplex. Michael reports that, “the Rock Steady Boxing Training is intense, fun, and incredibly informative. We go into a lot of detail about Parkinson’s disease, research studies on exercise and its effect on Parkinson, training techniques, class design, and much more. We got the opportunity to speak with specialists from neuro doctors to physical therapists.” He continues, “I am incredibly excited to start this wonderful program. It will impact our community in such a positive way. We will be fighting back against Parkinson’s Disease.”

Cabrini Grant-Healthplex Fitness Center Bronx, New York

The Healthplex team at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx is opening its doors! The members are participants of an innovative wellness program, made possible by the Cabrini Grant from the Mother Cabrini Foundation. What started as a virtual wellness offering, is turning into in-person training.
 With the re-opening of the Center , the Healthplex team is meeting with roughly 60 participants on a weekly basis. The average age of participants in the program is 40 years old. The participants are being referred from multiple medical providers, with each having one, or multiple chronic conditions.
 Lexis Beato, Fitness Professional at HFC, is meeting with a majority of participants, and is educating them on how to develop consistent, safe, and effective fitness routines. Patients who have never exercised in their lives, are coming into the Center on their off days and performing complex movements. For example,  participants are able to perform squats, deadlifts, and even kettlebell swings, thanks to the guidance and cues Lexis is providing.
Many of the participants are forming new friendships. They are also seeing a dramatic increase in their self-esteem, energy levels, and motivation. For instance, participants are reporting that the changes in their mindset are affecting their home lives.  In addition this is motivating them to seek out healthier alternatives to eat and drink. Many are encouraging their family members to make changes to their habits as well. The changes in the participants’ mental states have been so great that even our trainers are making notes of the changes.  Healthplex is proud to be a part of this community effort that is being made possible by the Cabrini Grant.