Community Wellness Programs

Wellness begins with making the commitment to live a healthy lifestyle. Body Zone will help you every step of the way with a variety of programs and classes for individuals and groups many of which are open to the public.  Not a member?  Experience our fitness and aquatics centers with our free 7-Day Pass!


February is American Heart Month!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, about 610,000 people die from heart disease, that’s one in every four deaths. But there’s good news! You can help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any health conditions you may have. And, as a member, you’re most likely taking advantage of all the great ways to move at Body Zone. Make February the month you do something extra good for your heart and participate in the following Body Zone programs and activities:

Quick Links:
Personal Training 101
FREE LUNCH & LEARN: Early Detection of Coronary Artery Disease
FREE LUNCH & LEARN: Oculoplastic Surgery Options
FREE LUNCH & LEARN: Common Foot & Ankle Problems
“Body Zone Does Your Heart Good” Heart Month Wellness Calendar
Moderation & Variety: A Lifelong Nutrition Program
Heart Rate Training + Your Fitness Goals
“Body Zone Does Your Heart Good” Zumba Glow Party
Junior Gym STRONG – Fitness Education For Adolescents
Complimentary Blood Pressure Screening
Go Fish Cafe Heart Month Special Featuring: Salmon!


Personal Training 101

Free Member Program
What is it?
Free 50-minute demo workout with a Body Zone Personal Trainer for all fitness levels

For:
Members new to personal training

Why?
Learn more about why personal training makes a difference by jumping right into a workout with a BZ Trainer! Training sessions are always customized to meet the needs of clients, but enjoy a free session that includes a typical workout: dynamic warm up, exercise instruction, balance, core, strength and cardio work, mobility exercises (foam rolling, stretching etc). One demo workout per member.

When:
FEBRUARY SCHEDULE
February 21 at 6:00 PM – Andre Lockhart
February 26 at 9:00 AM – John McGarvey

MARCH SCHEDULE
March 5 at 6:00 PM – Andre Lockhart
March 6 at 9:00 AM – John McGarvey
March 13 at 11:00 AM – Andre Lockhart
March 21 at 6:00 PM – Andre Lockhart
March 26 at 9:00 AM – John McGarvey

Sign up:
Register via sign up sheets located at the 2nd floor Wellness Desk or email Jason Kelly


Early Detection of Coronary Artery Disease

A Free Lunch & Learn Event by Penn State Health St. Joseph

Join Dr. Polinsky, a cardologist with Berks Cardiology/Penn State Health Medical Group, to learn about the early signs of heart disease. Through a review of a patient who experienced cardiac arrest, Dr. Polinsky will describe what happens during a heart attack and common symptoms that provide early clues of coronary artery disease. Discover the common conditions which increase a person’s risk for having coronary artery disease and the steps you can take to reduce that risk. Dr. Polinsky will also discuss what tests can be done to detect coronary artery disease and review how they may prevent a heart attack.

Date/Time: Rescheduled due to wintry weather.

New date is:  Wednesday, February 27, 2019 / 12:00 PM

Fee: Free for Body Zone’s adult members
Location: Body Zone’s Party Zone meeting room – located on main level
Register : Registration closed

About Ronald J. Polinsky, Jr. MD
Dr. Polinsky is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Nuclear Cardiology. His practice, Berks Cardiology, is affiliated with Penn State Health Community Medical Group. Dr. Polinsky was raised in Columbia, MD, and earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, from where he graduated magna cum laude. He later received his medical degree at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ. His postgraduate training included Internal Medicine Residency at University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, and a Fellowship in Cardiology at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA.

Learn more about Dr. Polinsky and Penn State Health St. Joseph here: thefutureofhealthcare.org


Oculoplastic Surgery Options

A Free Lunch & Learn by Eye Consultants of PA

We’ve all noticed it: With aging, or due to heredity, the eyelids may undergo changes which can make an otherwise youthful individual appear tired, sad, and yes, old. Through cosmetic eyelid surgery, fatty bags under the eyes, excess skin and fat of the upper eyelids, and drooping eyebrows can be dramatically improved. That type of surgery is called Oculoplastic Surgery, the subspecialty of ophthalmology that deals with the diseases and surgery of the eyelids, the tear system, and the orbit (the bones around the eyes). And it’s one of the most Googled terms in eye care.

Ask your questions and listen to one of the foremost experts in the field, Dr. Christina Lippe from Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania as we talk about “Oculoplastic Surgery.” Dr. Lippe from Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania is a leading expert in oculoplastic surgery, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery and the wide variety of orbital and cosmetic eye lid conditions that can be treated with oculoplastic surgery.

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 / 12:00 PM
Fee: Free for Body Zone’s adult members
Location: Body Zone’s Party Zone meeting room – located on main level
Register by Feb. 22: Email learn@bodyzonesports.com or sign up in person at Body Zone Guest Services

About Christina M. Lippe, MD
Dr. Lippe, a native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, joined Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania January 2019 straight from completing her Advanced Studies in Oculoplastics and Neuro Ophthalmology at Dean McGee Eye Institute of the University of Oklahoma where she also completed her residency in June 2018. She fulfilled her Internship in Medicine June 2015 at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Lippe received her Doctorate in Medicine May 2014 from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She achieved her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Degree from Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Lippe will see patients in the Wyomissing, Pottsville, and Lebanon locations. Dr. Lippe will be on staff at Pennsylvania Eye and Ear Surgery Center, Reading Hospital – Tower Health, the Surgery Center of Pottsville and Physicians Surgical Center of Lebanon.


Common Foot & Ankle Problems

A Free Lunch & Learn Program by Penn State Health St. Joseph

Healthy feet and ankles are something we can easily take for granted, until we have a painful problem. With so many intricate bones, tendons and ligaments in our feet and ankles, injuries and issues in this part of the body are all too common.

Join Jorge Bustillo, MD to learn more about common foot and ankle ailments and how they can be treated. He’ll discuss everyday issues that people face, their causes and available treatment options.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 / 12:00 PM
Fee: Free for Body Zone’s adult members
Location: Body Zone’s Party Zone meeting room – located on main level
Register by March 8: Email learn@bodyzonesports.com or sign up in person at Body Zone Guest Services

About Jorge Bustillo, MD
Dr. Bustillo specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of patients with diseases, degenerative conditions and injuries affecting the body’s bones and joints including sports injuries. He also focuses on the foot and ankle, including Achilles tendon problems, ankle instability, heel pain, flat feet, sprains, and fractures, and is particularly capable of addressing foot and ankle reconstructive surgeries, including ankle replacement.

He completed a medical internship at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville, South Carolina and his orthopedic surgical residency at SUNY at Buffalo. He completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. He is board certified in Orthopedics and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.

He also has served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He joins Chief of Orthopedic Surgery Dr. Martin Ross and Wayne Luckenbill, physician’s assistant, in the medical office building on the St. Joseph Bern Township campus

Learn more about Dr. Bustillo and Penn State Health St. Joseph here: thefutureofhealthcare.org


“Body Zone Does Your Heart Good” Heart Month Wellness Calendar

The good news about heart disease is that a healthy heart is within everyone’s reach. You know the rules, eat more fruits and vegetables and keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check. Download and use this Wellness Calendar to help you live a heart-healthy lifestyle every day this month.


Moderation & Variety: A Lifelong Nutrition Program

Free Member Program

In this one-hour workshop you’ll learn how to better assess what you eat. Ike Shibley is an award-winning teacher at Penn State who will help you understand concepts like how many calories you need to burn to lose a pound of fat, how to calculate the percent fat in a meal, how to estimate portion sizes, and how to eat nutritiously without studying all the latest science. You will learn the basic biochemistry of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals to help guide your food choices. Ike’s goal is to empower you to think more positively and confidently about nutrition.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 / 6:00 PM
Presenter: Dr. Ike Shibley
Location: Body Zone’s Party Zone meeting room – located on main level
Register: Email learn@bodyzonesports.com or sign up in person at Body Zone Guest Services

About Dr. Shibley
Dr. Shibley is the associate professor of chemistry and science program coordinator at Penn State. He teaches a variety of courses including nutrition. Enhanced student learning, especially in the sciences, is the focus of his many writings and presentations. A beloved member of the Penn State community, he is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and is known for his dedication to student success.


Heart Rate Training + Your Fitness Goals

Free Member Program

Benefit from the rewards of tracking your exercise intensity! Whether your fitness goal is to lose weight, maximize performance or improving your health, heart rate training is an effective way to gauge your intensity during a workout. Join BZ Trainer John McGarvey to learn how to incorporate heart rate training into your overall health and fitness goals. He’ll show you how to assess and identify your target heart rate and give you tips for a proper warm up, cool down and much more.

You’ll get the most from your workouts if you’re exercising at the proper exercise intensity for your health and fitness goals.

Date/Time: Check back for March dates
Presenter: John McGarvey
Location: Body Zone’s Party Zone meeting room – located on main level
Register: Email learn@bodyzonesports.com or sign up in person at Body Zone Guest Services

Citizen CPR

Free Member Program

Join BZ and Red Cross Swim Instructor Jenis Frederick for this American Red Cross Citizen CPR course designed to teach untrained bystanders how to perform hands-only CPR. Learn this simple lifesaving skill and help save lives by putting more cardiac arrest victims within a few steps of lifesaving assistance. THIS IS NOT A CERTIFICATION CLASS.

Date/Time: Monday, Feb. 25: 12:00 – 1:00 PM OR Tuesday, Feb. 26: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Instructor: Jenis Frederick
Location: Body Zone’s Party Zone meeting room – located on main level
Register: Email learn@bodyzonesports.com or sign up in person at Body Zone Guest Services

Yoga for a Happy Heart and a Peaceful Mind

Free Member Program

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, deep breathing, meditation and relaxation. Deep breathing can help lower blood pressure. Mind-calming meditation, another key part of yoga, quiets the nervous system and eases stress. All of these practices can help prevent heart disease and improve overall health of the body and mind. This one-hour class will include breathing exercises, gentle yoga poses, basic meditation and progressive relaxation. Whether you are new to yoga, or have a regular practice, this special class focusing on relaxation and stress reduction, will benefit anyone who is looking for more peace and less stress in their lives.

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 / 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Instructor: Jennifer Kathleen
Location: Mind Body Studio – 2nd floor
Register: Email learn@bodyzonesports.com or sign up in person at Body Zone Guest Services

“Body Zone Does Your Heart Good” Zumba Glow Party

Free Member Program

Join us as we dance our hearts out to Zumba’s awesome moves and music. This fun morning features giveaway and post-workout refreshments.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 23, 2019 / 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Instructor: Lora Fiore
Location: Mind Body Studio – 2nd floor
Register: Email learn@bodyzonesports.com or sign up in person at Body Zone Guest Services

Blood Pressure Screening

A complimentary service for members

High blood pressure is an easy disease to overlook. There are often no visible signs or physical symptoms. Because of this, it’s important to have your blood pressure checked and tracked on a regular basis.

Dates / Times: February 27: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Location: Aquatics Lobby
Administered by: Sarah Bookser RN  from Power Kunkle Wellness Matters

Go Fish Cafe Heart Month Special Featuring: Salmon!

Salmon does your heart good! It’s a great source of protein and is also packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids that protect your heart by reducing inflammation and risk of blood clots. Omega-3’s also keep your cholesterol levels in check. The great news is that you have the best provider of fresh Loch Duart Scottish sustainable salmon at your fingertips via Go Fish Cafe located on our main level. And even better, it’s $2.00 off per pound from February 1 – 28, 2019. Place your order on Mondays throughout February by emailing Heather Clark and pick it up at Body Zone the following Thursday through Sunday.