Posts Tagged ‘Move More’

Wellness Center Scholarships

Friday, April 8th, 2016


5  Healthy Towns Foundation (5HF) provides scholarships at our wellness centers. Here’s what we’d like you to know:


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Have You Ever Heard All Press is Good Press?

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Did you see the piece about CWF’s Wellness Centers in Crain’s Detroit Business?  It’s really exciting for us to have others paying attention to the work we’re doing.  It spreads our message that prevention is key.  And, even if you have health problems, you can improve your level of function so you feel better and have an improved quality of life.

There were some inaccuracies in the Crain’s article and for the broader Crain’s audience the inaccuracies in the piece do not tarnish the message.  But for our communities I’d like to set the record straight on a few things that are important locally.

  1. St. Joseph didn’t open the Chelsea Wellness Center (CWC) in 2001. Chelsea Community Hospital had the vision and made it a reality.
  2. When CWF took over CWC in 2009 there were 3,500 members, not 6,500.
  3. Our goal (mission) is not to breakeven but to increase health & wellness. It’s just a positive consequence that more members will help us move to a breakeven point. We look forward to that day so additional funds can be made available for other wellness projects – particularly 5H.
  4. Individual rates are not $72 per year. They are $69 in Dexter & $68 in Chelsea. It’s actually per month rather than per year. And if you belong to one of the two larger centers you belong to all four centers. Of course, additional family members join at a reduced rate and there are discounts & special programs for seniors, college students and others.
  5. The more people we get into our wellness centers, the more health and wellness we provide.
  6. I don’t actually know how many school employees take advantage of the school district discounts. I hope it is 650!
  7. To participate in Next Steps you can have a referral from any health care provider – not just the University of Michigan Family Practice. Health care providers from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital frequently refer patients to our programs, too.
  8. CWC and DWC are both certified through the Medical Fitness Association, not Medical Fitness Organization. It is not a new organization. It was founded in 1991.

As you can see, none of these corrections will make a difference in the overall message that prevention and wellness are an important part of health.  But we want to set the record straight for those in our service area.  And express our gratitude to Crain’s for their interest in health & wellness and the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation.

Here is the link to the June 15th piece in Crain’s Detroit Business.  They did make a few corrections to the electronic version so all the clarifications above aren’t necessary when reading this link.

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Caught by My Own Lecture!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Yesterday I was watching the Olympics (those athletes are amazing) when my husband asked me if I wanted to go cross country skiing.  I didn’t want to go outside.  I was cozy and entertained as a spectator.

Then I remembered the message I gave my children when they lived at home & parked themselves in front of ESPN. I frequently told them “It’s much more satisfying to do something than to watch someone else do something.”

I try, with mixed success, to avoid deliberate hypocrisy, so I got myself off the couch and into my outdoor clothes.  Guess what.  I was right!  Nothing that happened while we were away from the t.v. was better than the exhilaration & sense of self-empowerment I experienced while outside on my skis. 

Now I just have to remember my own message tomorrow.  Then the day after that, and the next day…

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He Has a Big Name. We have Big Ideas.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Tom Brady (NFL quarterback) is opening a sports therapy clinic to train athletes properly and PREVENT injury. 

 Think of the 5 healthy towns initiative as our 5 healthy towns own version of prevention only instead of prevention for elite athletes, it’s prevention for you and me.  We want everyone to have the opportunity to get and stay well. 

Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester and Stockbridge won’t get the press Tom Brady does but who needs all that attention, anyway?

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Monday, July 8th, 2013

There’s a study that tells us if we want a mentor we shouldn’t pick the flashy, high profile producer (the fastest runner, biggest loser or mother-of-the-year).  The study suggests we select the solid producer who day in & day out does a good job.  They are easier to copy because their production isn’t likely to have included some luck or big risks that happened to work out. 

 Once again, slow & steady wins the race.  That usually goes for changing your health habits, too.

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The More the Merrier

Friday, April 12th, 2013

If you want to buy a pair of shoes, a corner with three shoe stores is the best place to look for that perfect pair.

If you want to work out, a community with a variety of fitness and wellness center options is a great community in which to live.

We all have ideas about what a ‘work out’ center should provide.  Some people like child care, certified trainers or the opportunity to swim laps.  Others are content to let themselves into a ‘turnkey’ operation and do a 30 minute circuit without assistance. 

The Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation’s goal is to get EVERYONE moving.  Somewhere in your community is just the right option for you.  Maybe it’s a full-service center with medical integration programs, diabetes education classes and open gym time like the new Dexter Wellness Center.  Or maybe it’s the body builder special at a local weight lifting gym, Pilates in a home studio or jogging on local walks and trails.  In our 5 healthy towns you have access to all kinds of options.  We just want you to find the one that works for you & have at it!

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Maybe Dennis the Menace’s Parents had it Right

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Over the weekend I read about two interesting studies. 

 First, in one study, on average, for each additional hour of television a child watches on weeknights, their potential for incarceration as an adult increases by 30%. What?!  Yes, 30%. 

 Second, studies of school-age kids have found that regular aerobic exercise can expand their working memory—the capacity that allows us to manage facts and ideas to solve problems.  It improves the ability to pay attention and inhibits disruptive impulses. Regular exercise and overall physical fitness is consistently linked to academic achievement (the same is true for adults and our activities of daily living).

It’s an old-fashioned idea, but maybe playing outside is also a good idea.

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DWC Coming Soon

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Don’t despair, all those who want concrete membership & opening information about the Dexter Wellness Center.  It’s just around the corner.

Do you remember in Chelsea we drove by a ‘Coming Soon’ sign at the site of the Chelsea Wellness Center for about a decade?  It might have been longer.  Now that was a long lead time! 

It takes time to build and pull together all the operating pieces of a state-of-the art Wellness Center.  Everyone involved is working as hard & as fast as we can. 

We don’t mind questions ( to contact us or see pictures of A.R. Brouwer’s handiwork).  We’re gratified by your interest.  And like you, we feel like kids waiting for Christmas morning.  We can hardly wait!

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Who Wants to be Fit?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

These are the types of people we see at our wellness centers, these days.  See if you fall into any of the categories, below.  By the way – they are all overcoming something to get or stay well.  Good for you if you’re already working toward a healthier you!

Terribly out of shape/NOT skinny and feeling it.  Congratulations to those who overcome their discomfort (physical & emotional) and make a decision to work out & connect in a healthy way. 

Parents with young families who have little time for themselves.  They are scraping out a few hours a week for a workout or class.  It may be what keeps them sane. 

Middle age in decent shape, but fighting to stay healthy and strong so they can actively enjoy their senior years.

Recent patients working with a medical professional (often a physical therapist) to get back to better functioning. 

Healthy teens, many with competitive goals.  But not always. 

Seniors who embrace their aging selves and want to maximize every day.  They also find good company at their local wellness center. 

There aren’t a lot of the ‘beautiful people’ in spandex at our wellness centers.  We’re kinda proud of that.  Of course, the extraordinarily fit are welcome too.  You serve as inspiration!

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Daily Workout

Friday, January 4th, 2013

 Chipping ice off the driveway – abs & arm muscle workout

Up & down stairs to do laundry – thigh & calf workout

Loading & unloading dishwasher, vacuuming – oblique workout

Walking the dog, walking to the mailbox or in to work from the parking lot – core muscle strengthening

Painting the front door – shoulder strengthening

Lifting the baby (with good body mechanics) – back strengthening

Reading a good book – brain workout

Getting up & walking to the t.v. to change the channel – a lost art

 Embrace your daily activities.  They’re good for body, brain & soul!

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