Culpeper Times • Feb 15-21, 2018 COMMUNITY NEWS
Powell Wellness Center earns medical fitness facility certification Powell Wellness Center has achieved certification by the Medical Fitness Association, the country’s leading organization dedicated solely to medically integrated fitness facilities. The certification process involves an in-depth, on-site review of a facility’s adherence to internationally recognized Standards and Guidelines for Medical Fitness Facilities. The Medical Fitness Association Facility Certification is recognized as a mark of excellence in the health and wellness industry. “We are proud to join a select group of industry leaders who are committed to improving health and promoting wellness through exercise. "The certification process has taken two years to prepare and represents a real team effort between our staff and volunteers.” said Eric Good, Director, Powell Wellness Center. As an MFA certified facility, co-medical directors, Drs. Armin Aalami Harandi and Brevard Wallace provide oversight for Powell Wellness Center’s medical fitness programs. A volunteer Medical Advisory Committee also advises staff in the development and oversight of fitness programs designed for people with chronic health conditions like obesity, heart disease, Parkinson’s, arthritis and more. “The importance of offering this integrated wellness approach across all age groups and income levels is vital to our community in helping to achieve better health both mentally and physically,” said Dr. Brevard Wallace, Medical Director, Powell Wellness Center. “This certification continues to advance our original vision for providing an atmosphere that allows all-around wellness for the entire community.” Powell Wellness Center provides fitness scholarships for people who are referred by their physician, meet income guidelines and actively participate in the program.
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CULPEPER YOUTH SPOTLIGHT
Terri Hudgen (Editor's note: This is weekly series highlighting members of Culpeper's Youth Council. To join Culpeper Youth, go to www. culpeperyouth.org to apply. Why I joined Culpeper Youth: I am fortunate enough to be a part of the Youth Advisory Council and also be the secretary for Culpeper Youth. With that, I get to work with an innovative group of people to help advocate inclusion and allow voices to be heard from the youth of Culpeper. From this experience, I've learned the importance of communication, involvement in the community, and planning/networking. Culpeper Youth has given me the opportunity to find my voice and engrave myself into the community in ways I would have never thought of. I intend to use all that I have learned from Culpeper Youth after High school. In the fall I plan on attending Lasell College (in Boston, Massachusetts) majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in entrepreneurship. Culpeper Youth has given me the tools I need to prosper in my new environment and future. I can't wait to embark on my new journey.
Powell Wellness Center Advisory Board Chair, Tripp Butler, has personal experience with the facility and said, “I am very excited about this important achievement at the Powell Wellness Center. I have seen firsthand the impact Powell has on our community. "In addition to my own activity at PWC, a local physician prescribed participation in the “Fit Scripts” program for a family member. Fit Scripts is a supervised exercise program that is a great way for people to increase their activity and improve overall health. "The positive, supportive atmosphere and variety of classes at Powell Wellness Center is impacting my family in a very humbling way.” Recently an Advisory Board member asked Good what MFA certification means to the members at Powell Wellness Center. He responded, “That’s a great question. MFA certification requires that our staff have industry-specific credentials to insure high quality programming. "It also means that we work closely with local physicians to help our members prevent illness and chronic disease, recover more quickly and completely after a medical event and that our staff are well-trained in emergency response and ensuring member safety. PWC is one of only three certified facilities in Virginia and offers a member experience that simply isn’t available elsewhere in our region.”
Find out about raising backyard birds at the Culpeper County Library Find out from our presenters, CFC Farm & Home Center Kristin Erlitz, Department Manager and Shaun Thomas, Niche Farm Specialist how to select the right bird for you and for your interest. Find out about the different types of birds, what is best for egg laying, meat, multipurpose birds, even pet and show birds. Find out how much care they take, and how to feed and house them. Did you want or need a rooster and how to keep your birds healthy. Join us to find out about raising backyard birds. Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Library’s meeting room.