Wellness and Fitness Craze is in Full Swing at Chapel Haven
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Wellness and Fitness Craze is in Full Swing at Chapel Haven

The following is a special needs program update from Chapel Haven. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

One of the hottest locations on campus right now is Chapel Haven’s Fitness Center, located on the lower floor of the community center building.

Fitness groupIf you attended our 2014 Bowlathon, bought tickets, bowled or donated prizes, thank you! Some of the proceeds from the $40,000 raised went to buying all-new equipment for the fitness center, including low-impact ellipticals, Cross Fit rowing machines, a recumbent bike for low-impact workouts and new treadmills.

Fitness equipmentTrainer Kim Neal teamed up with Recreation Supervisor Mike Verzella and Erik Frodel, Operations, to move in all the new equipment and to paint the center. It’s rare to go down to the center and not see a client or employee working out on the new equipment, with tunes belting from the stereo.

CFM Logo - Blk-WhtAnother new development is thanks to Chapel Haven President Michael Storz, whose own fitness regime has inspired many at Chapel Haven to get fit. Mike has enjoyed working out with CrossFit Milford and Crossfit has now agreed to bring their world-renowned fitness programming to Chapel Haven. The main focus of these classes will be to provide Chapel Haven employees with the foundations of functional movements and a healthy fitness regimen, while providing maximum flexibility for their schedule.

Jason Leydon, Owner and Head Coach at CrossFit Milford is looking forward to working with Chapel Haven. Classes are initially being offered twice a week and will continue to build on the basics of moving the body and improving physical fitness. There will also be a focus on team building and communication strength among staff. Most importantly these classes will be challenging, exciting and FUN!

Chapel Haven President Michael Storz said he is delighted that Crossfit Milford will be offering classes at Chapel Haven. This new development fits into an overall focus on health and wellness that pervades the culture at the agency, he said.

“Living a healthy lifestyle is difficult for anyone. If we truly want to make a difference in helping people with disabilities live healthier lifestyles then we need to lead by example.” Storz said. I’m thrilled to partner with CrossFit Milford because they share the same values of taking pride in making people’s lives better. Jason’s commitment and passion for fitness is contagious and one that I’m looking forward to seeing spread through our agency.

fitness, Tim and DavidAdd to that, two ongoing developments:

In the spring of 2013, Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center and Chapel Haven created a new class to help adults at Chapel Haven with developmental and social disabilities achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The award-winning program, entitled “The Weigh To Live,” is trimming waistlines, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
And on Fridays, Chapel Haven offers a Weight Watchers At Work chapter for employees. And most recently, Chapel Haven used its annual Bowlathon fundraiser to install $40,000 worth of new equipment, such as treadmills, low-impact ellipticals and rowing machines, in the fitness center to encourage clients and employees to work out at work.