senior exercise webPursuing a new interest, skill or activity is a great alternative to making – and breaking – New Year’s resolutions, but where do you start? In addition to colleges, universities and senior centers, consider visiting the website of your local hospital. “Many hospitals and health centers offer programs to help members of the community improve their mental and physical health condition, as well to become better educated about health-related topics,” said David Yanoshik, associate vice president, marketing and public relations, St. Luke’s University Health Network. “For example, St. Luke’s lists many of these programs on the home page of its website. Just visit, sluhn.org, scroll down to the Event Calendar and click on ‘view all.’ It’s very easy to find something that might interest you.”

The St. Luke’s calendar lists support groups and programs designed for patients with specific health conditions. But there are also many programs of general interest, such as health talks provided by health care professionals, and physician-led walks and shopping excursions. Many programs are free.

Throughout the year the calendar lists a number of open houses, health fairs, biking events, walks and runs, including the St. Luke’s Via Marathon in September, he added.

Events scheduled for January and February include:

  • Stop the Bleed, which trains first responders and the public on how to control bleeding in the event of an accident or injury with the goal of improving the injured patient’s chance of survival. No fee.
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a scientifically researched eight-week program that offers intensive mindfulness training proven to reduce stress, anxiety and burnout. The cost is $180 for the eight-week series.
  • Bariatric Surgery information classes. No fee.

For those looking to improve their fitness level, members of the public may purchase memberships to St. Luke’s University Heath Network’s Fitness & Sports Performance Centers conveniently located in Allentown, Bethlehem, Blakeslee, Easton, Jim Thorpe, Mahanoy City, New Ringgold, Phillipsburg (NJ) and Tamaqua.

Services and amenities vary by facility and may include gym use, personal training, group fitness classes, cardiovascular machines, fully appointed locker rooms and towel services. Group classes are offered at our four full-service St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance Centers in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and Phillipsburg, N.J., and may include cycling, yoga, step aerobics, Zumba, body barre, Pilates, metabolic conditioning and many more. Memberships are billed monthly and do not require any initiation fees or long-term commitments. For more information on our locations, services and membership visit sluhn.org/fitness.

All St. Luke’s Fitness memberships include a complimentary computerized fitness assessment that consists of body fat composition analysis, strength, flexibility and cardiovascular testing. The results of the assessment, along with the member’s health history and fitness goals are used by an exercise specialist to develop a workout program specifically tailored to each member’s individual needs. For more information, visit sluhn.org/fitness.

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