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Health Watch/Angela Luskin, community health coordinator

Make your health a priority this new year

December 20, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

As January approaches, most people intend to begin the New Year with many well-intended resolutions. This year, we ask you to commit to making your health a priority and focus on just one or two lifestyle changes that will truly influence the quality of life experienced by you and your family.

At Portage Health, we've made our resolution to be focused on combating obesity. Studies have shown that nearly 35 percent of our population is obese. This is the result of inactivity, poor diet, other chronic health concerns and an overall lack of awareness of how to eat properly, get adequate exercise and rest and prepare healthy and delicious foods while still maintaining your budget.

We recognize that lifestyle change takes commitment and hard work. We also know that unless we all work to make this necessary lifestyle choice - for ourselves and our loved ones - the alternative and consequences of such choices simply aren't good.

Portage Health is here for you with many resources to help evaluate your current health status, develop a plan of action that will empower you to reach your goals and to support you as you make changes in how you choose to live your life. The reality is this is not about exercise. It is about living a healthier and more fulfilling life. For some, that means simply toning muscle and better developing core strength in order to perform everyday activities easier, and with less pain. Others may have significant weight loss goals. No matter what you want to achieve, we are here to help you reach your goals.

The Portage Health Fitness Center offers much more than just gym memberships, we offer everything from group exercise classes to kettlebell training; indoor cycling to cycle fusion; and many aerobic workouts including zumba, yogalates, mat pilates, core combo and many others. Classes are affordable and convenient. Plus, your first class is always free.

To help you discover what will work best for you, the fitness center is offering free Introductory classes in January. Join us Mondays, at 6:45 p.m. to learn how to use the following equipment with good form.

Jan. 7 - Indoor Cycling

Jan. 14 - Kettlebells

Jan. 21 - Bosu/Stability Ball

Jan. 28 - TRX Suspension/Resistance Bands

Classes will be led by one of our three full-time certified personal trainers: Emily Kunnen, Susan Rosemurgy and Amanda Altobelli. Each trainer is dedicated to helping you achieve your fitness goals, whatever they may be. One-on-one packages along with buddy training are available at affordable prices.

The only question that you need to answer is, if not now, when!?

For a detailed list of classes or to schedule a time to discuss your health goals with one of our trainers, visit or call 483-1776.

Editor's note: Angela Luskin is community health coordinator with Portage Health.



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