The LifeFit Center at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a week-long celebration of activities leading up to its Oct. 12 anniversary date. The week’s activities will include a walk-a-thon and a “Fitness: Body, Mind and Soul” presentation.
“I think the two aspects of this first year at the LifeFit Center that stand out the most are the wholehearted community that has been created and the top-notch programs and services that have been established. Because we are an educational laboratory as well as a health and fitness center for age 50-plus adults, we have 18-year-olds to 80-year-olds working out in the facility at the same time,” said Ayla Donlin, director of LifeFit Center @ The Beach and lecturer in the Kinesiology Department.
“The intergenerational relationships that have formed provide support and encouragement for a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle,” she added. “We are very proud of the programs and services we have been able to establish within the first year. I am particularly proud of the LifeFit staff and interns and thankful for the CHHS (College of Health and Human Services) leadership, and all of the work they have poured into the LifeFit Center.”
The center, which is focused on campus and community members 50 years and older, has been well-received by the community with more than 200 members, and it has received generous support from the community.
In fact, a recent major gift from the Bernadette and John Tellez Innovation Fund at the LifeFit Center is designed to provide the center with resources to conduct innovative programs for the older adult population to embody health with wellness in their daily lives.
This fund will allow the LifeFit director to offer specialized seminars and workshops that are relevant and cutting-edge. These may include topics such as falls and balance, nutrition, posture, social dance, psychology of exercise, increasing bone density, physical activity program design, exercise form and technique, knitting, exercise is medicine, aqua fitness, health plan membership reimbursement, preventing osteoporosis and osteopenia.
The center has made several improvements in its first year, including expanding hours of operation, developing a comprehensive group fitness schedule with a wide variety of class offerings and hiring personal trainers and fitness professionals who are highly educated and certified by accredited organizations.
Enrollment has increased steadily over the first year with nearly 200 active members and an 85 percent retention rate for those who have joined the LifeFit Center and have remained members during the first year.
In addition, the center has hosted many lectures, workshops and seminars on topics like nutrition, exercise, balance, fall prevention, bone building, increasing happiness, how to stay healthy over the holidays, preventing osteoporosis and the benefits of aqua fitness. The center also hosted Karen White, wife of California State University Chancellor Timothy White, to guest lecture on fall prevention.
New small group training includes Strength for Living and Women on Weights, which provides a fitness education and comprehensive program of cardiorespiratory exercise, resistance training and flexibility and balance training.
The center developed an internship program that includes opportunities for kinesiology majors and nutrition and dietetics majors. Also, the new MyZone System displays exercise effort and caloric expenditure while monitoring heart rate. It provides feedback for center members on how they are doing in terms of accumulating the recommended amounts of physical activity per week.
The LifeFit Center is a partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSULB. OLLI is sponsored by the CHHS and is a source of widely varied courses of interest to persons 50 years of age or older.
The Walk-A-Thon will be today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on campus, and everyone is welcome to participate. The Fitness: Body, Mind, and Soul presentation will be held at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the LifeFit Center.
For more information, contact the LifeFit service desk at 562/985-2015 or visit the LifeFit Center website.