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Fitness & Wellness Newsletter | May 2009 |
Three Million Fitness Balls Recalled 
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with EB Brands, announced a voluntary recall of three million fitness balls because they may unexpectedly burst while in use due to overinflation.  The rubber fitness balls were sold with a pump and inflation instructions. They were sold in various colors with the Bally Total Fitness, Everlast or Valeo logo printed on the ball.
If you have one of these fitness balls, you should contact EB Brands at (800) 624-5671, or download a copy of the updated instructions on how to safely inflate the ball.
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Wake Up with Sunrise Yoga 
Sunrise YogaEnjoy the serenity of nature and start your day with a clear mind by experiencing yoga at the gazebo overlooking the water at Great Neck Park. Classes are held Wednesday mornings from 6:30 am - 7:30 am and multiple sessions are held throughout the summer.  Registration begins Saturday, June 6th.  Spaces may fill quickly, so be sure to register early!
Get Motivated with a Personal Trainer 
Personal TrainingDid you know that our recreation centers offer personal training?  Our nationally certified trainers will design an individualized fitness program to help you get motivated and achieve your personal goals.  Our programs include personal coaching and one-on-one instruction throughout the workout.  Sessions are 60 minutes in length and cost $40.  Purchase 6 sessions and save $24!  Have a friend that wants training too?  Try a partner session for only $60.
Complete a personal training request and a trainer will contact you to schedule your first session.
New Class Covers Boxing Basics for Youth 
Boxing for FitnessYouth ages 8-17 can learn the fundamentals of boxing in a new class called Boxing for Fitness.  The class will focus on speed, power, accuracy, form and movement under the supervision of trained instructors.  Two sessions of Boxing for Fitness will be offered this summer at Bow Creek Recreation Center. 
Fitness Team Member Highlight: Diane Benner 
Diane Benner, Fitness SupervisorDiane Benner has spent 23 years in the fitness industry holding positions as Aquatic Director, Wellness Retreat Leader, Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist, and Personal Trainer.  Her education includes a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Shepherd University and she completed graduate coursework in Exercise Science and Wellness at Old Dominion University.
Diane is a member of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, International Council on Active Aging, National Wellness Institute, and IDEA Health and Fitness Association. She is a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.  Diane resides in Virginia Beach with her husband of 15 years and is only exceeded in energy by her three sons and two dogs - a black lab named Dayzee and a Boxer named Spike.
Try Our Group Fitness Classes  
Group FitnessGet moving while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow participants in one of our many group fitness classes.  We offer a variety of land and water fitness classes to meet your busy schedule, including spinning, pilates, yoga, kickboxing, BOSU, boot camp and more!  Classes are offered at all six recreation centers and require a group fitness punch card and membership card.
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Are You Consuming Too Much Salt?  
SaltMost Americans consume more than double the amount of their daily-recommended level of sodium. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 2 out of 3 adults are in population groups that should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams (mg) per day of sodium. Too much sodium can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart attack or stroke, the first and third killers of men and women in the US.

If you are in the following population groups, you should consume no more than 1,500 mg per day: those
40 years of age or older, African Americans, or those who have high blood pressure.
Eating less sodium can help prevent, lower, or even control blood pressure.  Most of the sodium we eat comes from packaged, processed, store-bought, and restaurants foods. Only about 5% comes from salt added during cooking and about 6% comes from being added at the table. You can find out how much sodium you are eating by checking the labels on food products and adding up the sodium milligrams. If at a restaurant, ask for nutritional information facts that include sodium.

For more information about heart disease and stroke, visit CDC's website at
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