Community Hospital Fitness Pointe
Community Hospital Fitness Pointe Newsletter

 February 2014

in this issue
:: Windy City Barre Pilates Intensive
:: Go Red for Women
:: Valentine's Day Dance
:: Kids ZUMBA
:: Chair Dance
:: Recipe of the Month
:: Exercise of the Month
:: Personal Trainer Spotlight
:: World Rowing Challenge
:: SpaPointe Stretch Demonstration
:: SpaPointe & Hair Studio
:: Parkinson's Therapy Group Program
:: Functional Movement Screen for Athletes
:: Ask the Physical Therapist

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Fitness Pointe will be CLOSING EARLY on Saturday, February 22nd at 6pm 

for our Annual All Facility Staff Meeting.


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Windy City Barre Pilates Intensive
Go Red for Women

Go Red For Women, Feb 7, 2014


10 years ago, the American Heart Association launched the Go Red for Women campaign

in an effort to bring awareness to heart disease as women's No. 1 killer and to help raise

funds to support research and education. In 2004, surveys showed that only 34% of women knew that heart disease was their No. 1 killer and the majority of physicians did not know

that heart disease kills more women than men. The Go Red campaign set out to change that.


Statistics still show that more women die from heart disease than all forms of cancer

combined, that every minute a woman dies from heart disease, that more than 42 million

are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease. It is important for women to know the symptoms of this disease which are often non-specific and subtle. They may

 include unusual shortness of breath, unusual fatigue, and indigestion. Symptoms may not

be chest discomfort but instead jaw pain, pain across the upper back or arms. If you

experience these symptoms, especially if accompanied by nausea, vomiting or a cold sweat

you may be having a heart attack. Stay calm and call 911 immediately.


Many factors can put us at risk for heart disease and 90% of women have one or more of

these factors. Studies show that healthy choices do save lives. Some changes one should

make include smoking cessation, good management of blood sugars, blood pressure, and cholesterol. These changes along with staying active, losing weight, and eating healthy can

help prevent heart disease.


Take time to visit Join the movement, learn about the latest news

and research. Knowledge is power and together women can beat this disease.

As stated by the American Heart Association...Women, It's time to Go Red.


Resource: American Heart Association


Sarah Colias, RN

Cardiac Rehab, Phase 3 

Valentine's Day Dance 









Kids ZUMBA Rules



 Chair Dance 


Recipe of the Month


Chicken Pot Pie


Ingredients for the chicken
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves crushed garlic
1 tablespoon picked thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons salt-free all-purpose seasoning
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups frozen pearl onions, thawed
1 cup carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced ½-inch thick
1 cup crimini or button mushrooms, quartered
4 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup Pernod (optional)
3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 2" cubes
1 cup frozen sweet peas, thawed
1/2 cup chopped parsley

Ingredients for the crust
1 and 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 cup trans fat free margarine spread
3 tablespoons ice water

Cooking Instructions

Prepare the chicken. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil until hot. Stir in the garlic, thyme, oregano, tarragon, bay leaf, turmeric, salt-free all-purpose seasoning, pepper, salt and sauté for one minute. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and mushrooms and sauté for two minutes. Stir in the flour and coat the vegetables well. Add the Pernod, if using, and chicken stock and stir to blend well. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer. Stir in the chicken and simmer for five minutes. Stir in the peas and parsley. Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a 3-quart oval casserole. Cover loosely with foil and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set aside. To make the crust, place the flour (and salt, if using) in a medium-sized bowl and add the margarine spread, cut into one-inch pieces. Cut the margarine spread into the flour with a fork or pastry cutter (this can all be done in a food processor) until crumbly. Avoid over-working the dough. Add the ice water and mix (pulse in a food processor) until the dough just comes together. Roll the dough between two pieces of film wrap until it matches the size of the casserole. (Hold the dish above the dough to check for correct size.) Peel off the top layer of wrap and bring the casserole next to the dough. Lift the dough by the bottom wrap and use it to help invert the crust onto the casserole. Trim the outside edges of the crust and gently press the dough so that it fits perfectly around the inside perimeter of the casserole dough. Cut eight, evenly spaced 1-inch vents in the dough as demarcations of portions and to release steam while baking. Place the casserole on the foil-lined baking sheet and bake until the crust is golden brown and the juices are bubbling, about 45 minutes. Let the casserole rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve the pie in a soup plate over a small mound of Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes.

Note: This filling for the pie can be made a day or so in advance. Feel free to put an egg wash (one egg whisked with a tablespoon of water) on the finished pastry before baking if you prefer a sheen on your crust.

This version of pot-pie is loaded with vegetables, gets rid of the cream or milk usually called for in other recipes, and the crust is trans-fat-free.


Nutritional Analysis

Calories Per Serving: 295
Total Fat-9 g
Saturated Fat-0.5 g
Trans Fat-0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat-1.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat-5 g
Cholesterol-33 mg
Sodium-493 mg
Carbohydrates-33 mg
Fiber-3 g
Sugar-4 g
Protein-19 g

Exercise of the Month

Calf Raise Variations
Calf Raise Variations
Personal Trainer Spotlight 


Rita Wario


B.S. degree in Exercise Science

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

CPR Certified

Specialty Areas:

Circuit & Bodyweight training,          Post-rehab, sports training and conditioning, running/race training, weight-loss, overweight & obesity specialty


Personal Trainer since 2007

Six years assisting in outpatient physical therapy field as a technician.

Continuing education completed in postural training, joint injury specifications and obesity training.

Competed in collegiate basketball, soccer, cross country & track teams. Completed two full marathons, four half marathons, and numerous middle distance road races.

Training Philosophy:   

I believe that within each person is the heart of an athlete...the desire to win and overcome the challenge that is before you. Whether it's losing weight or achieving your fitness goal, with the right tools and motivation, you will achieve success.

World Rowing Challenge


March 15 - April 15, 2014


Come row and help Fitness Pointe Rowing Team keep the World Rowing Champion title.
No sign up is required. All you have to do is row at Fitness Pointe and record your meters in the Rowing Binder located in the Rowing Alcove between March 15th and April 15th.    
All members can participate in the event. We will have an incentive for first time rowers and a grand prize drawing for rowing participants.
Rowing classes will be offered during this time. Specific class days and times will be posted on the Group Exercise Bulletin Board as well as the Bulletin Board at the base of the main stairway.

SpaPointe Stretch Demostration


Figure Four Stretch
Figure Four Stretch

SpaPointe & Hair Studio


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SpaPointe Employee of the Month

and receive a Fitness Pointe Member Exclusive Offer.


Employee of the Month - February 2014

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Parkinson's Therapy Group Program



Functional Movement Screen for Athletes



Ask the Physical Therapist


The Physical Therapy Department is also offering an

"Ask the Physical Therapist" Question & Answer Box

located in the Fitness Pointe lobby for written questions.  These written questions

will be answered by a licensed physical therapist via phone or email.