Since its opening last March, the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing has touched the lives of thousands of West Valley residents through health education and fitness classes, support groups and individual consultations designed to help them live longer, healthier lives.
One of those lives is Diana (who asked that her last name be withheld), a 56-year-old Sun City resident whose physician gave her three months to lower her cholesterol and blood pressure or face taking medications to address her symptoms. Diana took several nutrition and exercise-related classes at the center and it paid off.
“I took your teaching about diet and exercise to ‘heart,’ and I wanted you to know my results after those three months,” Diana wrote in an email. “I lost 15-pounds; my total cholesterol went down 30 points to 185 with my HDL (“good” cholesterol) going up 3 points; my triglycerides dropped 25 points and my blood pressure dropped 8 points…my doctor was surprised and very pleased.”
Diana’s story is just one example of positive changes linked to the center (see infographic for more), which is staffed by a full-time registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator; an exercise physiologist/certified health coach and a memory care/dementia expert. In addition, the center contracts with a licensed acupuncturist, several licensed massage therapists, yoga and Tai Chi instructors and a medical director.
The original center opened in Surprise but it recently expanded to two other West Valley communities, Sun City and Litchfield Park. All three centers are located in areas largely populated by adults 65 and older, many of whom have one or more chronic diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases—like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer—are leading causes of death and disability in the United States.
Jennifer Drago, Sun Health’s executive vice president of Population Health, says all of the center’s programs and treatments are rooted in research. “We use evidence-based programs designed to complement physicians’ diagnoses and recommended treatments. We give people, especially those with chronic conditions, tools to help them self-manage their health, make positive lifestyle changes and improve their overall quality of life.”
The center’s staff members see about 100 clients a week (through group classes or 1-on-1 consultations) with services ranging from nutrition counseling, medical nutrition therapy and weight management classes to fitness and exercise classes, acupuncture, massage and medication reviews. Center staff members also provide evidence-based educational programs that address diabetes, pre-diabetes, living with chronic conditions and tobacco cessation.
The Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing reflects a national trend toward prevention and wellness services and a growing push for Americans to become more involved in managing their own health.
“Chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems in the United States,” Drago said. “They are also some of the most preventable. Much of the pain and suffering related to chronic diseases is caused by behaviors that people can change, behaviors such as unhealthy eating and a lack of ...Read More
Aurora Fit Body Boot Camp will be holding a Grand Opening celebration and charity drive to observe the opening of the indoor fitness boot camp and raise funds for the local charity organization Ashleigh’s Hope. The event will be held on March 21 from 8am to 1pm at 255 Industrial Pkwy S #7, Aurora, ON. The opening will feature free boot camp demonstrations, local small business vendors, and a DJ.
Fit Body Boot Camp is the world’s most popular and fastest growing indoor fitness boot camp brand with hundreds of locations around the world and new locations opening each week.
Aaron Burchart, owner of the new Aurora Fit Body Boot Camp, is hosting the Grand Opening celebration. Burcahrt has been working as a fitness professional in the Aurora area since 2011 and opened Aurora’s BootCamp in 2014. In January of 2015 he decided to transition into a Fit Body Boot Camp franchise and hopes to see even more success for his business as a result.
“When I decided to make the switch,” said Burchart, “I told my current clientele that moving to the Fit Body Boot Camp model was the right decision for them as well as I. With all of the franchise’s done-for-you and turnkey systems, I can stay focused on my clients’ results instead of worrying about marketing and business development.”
Any money raised at the Grand Opening will be donated to Ashleigh’s Hope, a charity organization that funds the treatment of a young women’s rare and debilitating disease. The mother of Ashleigh is a client at Aurora Fit Body Boot Camp and Burchart’s connection with the family encouraged him to support the fundraising for Ashleigh’s treatment.
“Ashleigh’s mother is one of the original Aurora Boot Camp members,” said Burcahrt. “She’s a great part of the community we have built here. It would mean a lot to me if, in some way, I could help take the stress of her daughter’s disease off her shoulders.” A raffle, with prizes such as iPad Minis and other electronics, will raise money to support Ashleigh’s Hope.
The Grand Opening will also include an awards ceremony with Burchart distributing accolades for clients who have achieved the best results during his most recent Transformation Challenge. He regularly hosts challenges such as these, where clients work in cohorts to achieve transformative results. Event attendees will have an opportunity to meet the most successful Transformation Challenge participants, including individuals who have lost over 100 pounds with Burchart’s training programs.
With local vendors selling discounted wares and services, a DJ playing music throughout the event, and giveaways including six months of free boot camp, Aurora Fit Body Boot Camp plans to treat its community to a fun and exciting celebration.
About Aurora Fit Body Boot Camp:
Aurora Fit Body Boot Camp is a part of the Fit Body Boot Camp family of indoor fitness boot camps, whose global goal is to engage 20% of the world’s population in a ...Read More
In honor of American Heart Month in February, Dr. Edwin Scott, from the Center for Primary Care (CPC) South office, is offering tips on how to improve heart health.
Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that doesn’t mean people have to accept it as their fate. Although one may lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps to take.
Dr. Scott has six helpful tips to improve heart health and prevent heart disease:
1. Don’t smoke or use tobacco
Smoking or using tobacco of any kind is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage the heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). The good news, though, is that when one quits smoking, one’s risk of heart disease drops almost to that of a nonsmoker in about five years. No matter how long or how much someone has smoked, they will start reaping rewards as soon as they quit.
2. Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week
Getting some regular, daily exercise can reduce the risk of fatal heart disease. When physical activity is combined with other lifestyle measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight, the payoff is even greater. Try getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense physical activity most days of the week. It’s not necessary to exercise strenuously to achieve benefits, but there are bigger benefits to increasing the intensity, duration and frequency of workouts.
3. Eat a heart-healthy diet
Eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of heart disease. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help protect the heart. Beans, other low-fat sources of protein and certain types of fish also can reduce the risk of heart disease. Limiting certain fats is also important. Heart-healthy eating isn’t all about cutting back, though. Healthy fats from plant-based sources, such as avocado, nuts, olives and olive oil, help the heart by lowering the bad type of cholesterol. Most people need to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet — with a goal of five to 10 servings a day. Eating that many fruits and vegetables can not only help prevent heart disease but may also help prevent cancer and improve diabetes. Eating several servings a week of certain fish, such as salmon and mackerel, may decrease the risk of heart attack.
4. Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight, especially carrying excess weight around one’s middle, ups the risk of heart disease. Excess weight can lead to conditions that increase the chances of heart disease — high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Even a small weight loss can be beneficial. Reducing weight by just 5 to 10 percent can help decrease blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol level and reduce the risk of diabetes.
5. Get enough quality sleep
Sleep deprivation can do more than leave one yawning ...Read More