Jan 25, 2007

Join HPS for dedication of wellness lounge: Open house will feature free food, exercise classes and healthy seminars

HOWELL – Howell Public Schools is celebrating the opening of the new Wellness Lounge and Activity Center in the Howell Area Aquatic Center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 with an open house that includes a day of free healthy food, free exercise classes and free healthy educational seminars.

The cozy and welcoming lounge was made possible with a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Mental Health, the Michigan Department of Education and the hard work of dedicated staff and student volunteers. It’s the perfect place to relax and wait for your land or water exercise class to begin, or a place to cool down after a workout and talk with friends or get advice from the instructor. You can also relax and find information on healthy eating, exercise classes offered the HAAC and around the community and flip through the many magazines that promote a healthy lifestyle.

“This is part of the ongoing district wellness program to promote healthy habits and improve people’s quality of life,” said HAAC Director Saralee Bloese. “This will serve as a healthy hub for the many people of all ages who come through here every single day.”

The open house will feature free samples of the healthy snacks that are now available in the vending machines, and you can win a prize just for voting for your favorite healthy snack. The pop and other sugary drinks and snacks that were once available at the HAAC are a thing of the past.

Informational seminars are available throughout the day, including how to read and understand the nutritional information on a food label, have your body mass index (BMI) calculated by nursing students from Michigan State University and enjoy a free chair massage. At noon there will be a special historic Howell walk, sponsored by the Historic Path Walkers, with local trail master Linda Theil.

In addition to the special activities, the normal schedule of classes at the HAAC will be free all day. The schedule follows:

5:30 a.m. Splash Water Aerobics
6:30 a.m. Senior Water Aerobics
11:30 a.m. Arthritis and Special Population Water Exercise Class
4:30 p.m. Pilates Land Exercise
8:15 p.m. Pre-Natal Water Exercise Class

“We are a fitness and wellness source for every one from pre-natal and infants all the way up to senior citizens,” Bloese said. “We love to show off our facility, and I welcome everyone to come out and enjoy a day of health and wellness.”

For further information visit Howell Public Schools’ Wellness Web Page at www.howellschools.com/C5/wellness. The Howell Area Aquatics Center is located at 1224 W. Grand River Ave. on the Howell High School Campus. Call (517) 548-6355 for information.


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