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Wellness Center and Programming Expands

Jefferson Healthcare expanded existing Wellness Programs to a new space, located at 1230 W. Sims Way in the QFC Plaza, during the first quarter of 2019.  The new Wellness Center provides a natural and convenient space for structured exercise and wellness as well as a full complement of supervised exercise classes, seminars and assessments.  The opening showcased the well-established Ready, Set, Fit! and Tai Ji Quan; Moving for Better Balance (Beginning and Advanced) classes taught by Dr. Mary Breckel, DPT and the additions of Dance with Parkinson’s and Exercise to Beat Back Pain, each taught by occupational and physical therapists.

Classes and programs are designed to encourage and challenge fitness in a multitude of ways; focusing on strength, balance, aerobic fitness and mobility.  Recent additions to the class line up include Therapeutic Yoga, a continuous foundational class, beginning May 21st on Tuesdays and Thursdays. An exercise class for orthopedic patients preparing for joint replacement surgery and coming this fall Stay Active and Independent for Life (S.A.I.L.).  The Wellness Center also hosts events; A Movement Assessment open house on Wednesday, May 8th will offer personalized feedback, education and action steps to support personal goals and maintain quality of life.   Osteoporosis Management Through Exercise on May 29 is a rehabilitation health education seminar on healthy habits to decrease the progression of existing or potential osteoporosis.

Jefferson Healthcare consistently looks for ways to empower patients and to create a healthier community through education and prevention. “Education is fundamental to wellness and teaching patients how to exercise safely and how their body responds to exercise after and incidents, surgery or when diagnosed with chronic disease is pivotal in terms of maintaining and improving health,” says Rehabilitation and Wellness Director Mitzi Hazard.   There is a growing emphasis on creating health before illness or injury starts; by incorporating strategies to address the whole person the health of the whole community can be improved.

Most classes have a fee, payment and preregistration is required before class day.  Call 360.385.2200 ext. 1223 for payment options and additional information.

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