OnSite Fitness

June/July 2011

Fitness and aquatics magazine serving non-profit facilities, YMCAs, YWCAs and Jewish community centers

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12 OnSite Fitness | ROSS JCC PINK RIBBON PINK RIBBON WELLNESS CLUB T Lymphatic Drainage Specialist, and Physicians). The Lore and Eric L. Ross JCC in Boyton Beach FL offers a wonderful fitness, wellness and support program for breast cancer survivors called the Pink Ribbon Wellness Club. Each week for twelve weeks participants meet twice for a 60-75 minute session of fitness classes including water therapy, cardio, strength and yoga, they also discuss nutritional considerations and enjoy massage therapy as well as a supportive group atmosphere. The program is partially funded by a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. OSF spoke with Shawn McDougall, Director of Heath, Fitness and Wellness Education at the Ross JCC about this phenomenal program. OSF: How long has the Ross JCC been offering these classes? McDougall: It started in October 2010. We wanted to capture an un-tapped audience, in particular, provide a service to help meet the after care needs of women who had gone through the typical treatments plans of chemotherapy and/or radiation. My mom is a stage 3B breast cancer survivor and I got to see first hand how she did not have any really solid options when it came to finding a service to help her move forward post treatment. In particular, options in a structured environment. OSF: How did the partnership with the Palm Beach Cancer Institute come about? McDougall: In two ways – they have supported our annual health fair, hence, we had an established relationship. In addition, I needed to have some clinical support for our education program which our JCC did not have on staff (Registered Dietician, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, OSF: What is the charge for the program and how is it structured? McDougall: It’s a great price: Members - $175.00; Guests $225.00. The general class structure will include a 5-10 minute warm up, 30-40 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, 15-20 minutes of strengthening exercises and 10 minutes of cool down and stretching. On the days we have education we will do a 5 minute warm up and 25-30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise and then have the participants go to an education room to listen to the clinical professionals speak on topics ranging from “The Best Foods for Me”, “Building a Social Support Network” to “Life After my Diagnosis” for 30-45 minutes. We have the massage therapist available once every three weeks over the twelve week program. The participants can utilize the massage therapist for a

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