Community Hospital Fitness Pointe
Community Hospital Fitness Pointe Newsletter


April 2014

in this issue
:: Last Chance to Vote Us BEST
:: World Rowing Challenge
:: March Madness
:: Windy City Barre Pilates Intensive
:: Chair Dance
:: SpaPointe & Hair Studio
:: Cardiac Corner
:: Ask the Physical Therapist
:: Functional Movement Screen for Athletes
:: Parkinson's Therapy Group Program
:: Recipe of the Month
:: Personal Trainer Spotlight
:: Exercise of the Month

The WINNER for the March Newsletter drawing is 

Gregory Cooper,


Congrats Gregory!




Facility Hours for Sunday, April 20th: 6am - Noon 


Stay Tuned for our FIRST 'Couch to 5K' program

Coming in April 2014


This training program will help individuals prepare for a 5K Run or Walk.

Our Certified Athletic Trainers are coordinating this program that culminates in a local outdoor 5K Run/Walk that will be held in May 2014.



Kids ZUMBA will return Fall of 2014,

Enjoy your Spring/Summer!



Last Chance to Vote Us BEST
World ERG Challenge 

NOW through April 15th


Come row and help the Fitness Pointe Rowing Team win the challenge.

No sign-up is required. 

All members can participate in the event.

 All you have to do is row at Fitness Pointe and record your meters

in the Rowing Binder located in the Rowing Alcove now through April 15th.    

During the Rowing Challenge Only: we will have Mini Rowing Classes. 
Each class is 25 minutes.
Schedule is:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
March Madness 


Windy City Barre Pilates Intensive


Chair Dance


 SpaPointe & Hair Studio 

Click the link below to see the

SpaPointe Employee of the Month

and receive a Fitness Pointe Member Exclusive Offer.


Employee of the Month - April 2014 


 Cardiac Corner  
April is Stress Awareness Month
Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992. This awareness is very important to me because  Stress awareness month is a time to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
  • 75% to 90% of all doctor's office visits are for stress-related illnesses & ailments.
  • 43% of all adults experience adverse health effects due to stress.
  • Stress is linked to six of the leading causes of death in the United States: heart disease, cancer, lung disease, cirrhosis of the liver, accidents, and suicide.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has estimated that stress costs the American work force over $300 billion annually in reduced productivity, workers' compensation benefits, and absenteeism.
The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to untreated stress reaction.
It's important to learn how to recognize stress, deal with it, and develop healthy habits to ease your stress. Stress can come from happy events (i.e. a new marriage, job promotion, new home), as well as unhappy events (i.e. illness, overwork).

What is stress? Stress is your body's response to change. The body reacts to it by releasing adrenaline (a hormone) that causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up, and your blood pressure to rise. These reactions help you deal with the situation. The problems come when stress is constant (chronic) and your body remains in high gear, off and on, for days or weeks at a time. Chronic stress may cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure

The key is to manage stress properly. Unhealthy responses to stress may lead to health problems if ignored or unmanaged. Stress is a fact of life and you may not be able to change your current situation. However, you can take steps to manage the impact. Stress management strategies include:
  • Recognizing signs of the body's response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, increased substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.
  • Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and getting plenty of sleep.
  • Practicing relaxation techniques or incorporating meditation, yoga, tai chi, or other gentle exercises.
  • Fostering healthy friendships. Having a sense of humor.
  • Setting priorities and learning to say no if you are overloaded
  • Noting what you have accomplished at the end of the day.
  • Seeking professional counseling when needed.

As the old, wise man once said... "Don't sweat the small stuff, and remember that it's all small stuff." RELAX AND ENJOY!


Rhonda Jones, RN.

Cardiac Rehab Phase 3

Sources: NIH, NIMH, & AHA
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.

Functional Movement Screen for Athletes 
Parkinson's Therapy Group Program 
Recipe of the Month 


Baked Oatmeal Cupcakes To Go(makes 24-25 cupcakes)
  • 5 cups rolled oats (400g)
  • 2 1/2 cups over-ripe mashed banana measured after mashing (600g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 NuNaturals stevia packets
    (or omit and use 5 tbsp liquid sweetener of choice-such as pure maple syrup or agave-instead)
  • optional: 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 2/3 cups water (640g) (If using the liquid-sweetener option, scale water back by 1/3 cup.)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp oil (45g) (coconut oil, but veg oil will also work.)
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional add-ins: cinnamon, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, ground flax or wheat germ, raisins or other dried fruit, etc.

Preheat oven to 380 F, and line 24-25 cupcake tins. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir very well. In a separate bowl, combine and stir all wet ingredients (including banana). Mix wet into dry, then pour into the cupcake liners and bake 21 minutes. You can then broil them for 1-2 minutes, but it's optional. (If you let them cool overnight, they'll no longer stick to the liners.) These oatmeal cakes can be eaten right away, or they can be frozen and reheated for an instant breakfast on a busy day. image

Personal Trainer Spotlight 


Nik Ormuz 



*ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer

* Candidate for Associates in Exercise and Fitness, Prairie State College

* Certificate of Completion in Personal Training, Prairie State College


Specialty Areas:

* Sports Specific

*Strength and Functional Training

*Weight Loss



* Exercise Instructor since 2012

* 4+ years as a Personal Trainer

* Weight Lifting and Functional Training since High School

*I've taught a variety of exercise classes - everything from Boot Camp to Yoga.


Training Philosophy:

* No two people are the same; therefore no two programs should be the same. 




Exercise of the Month
Fitness Pointe Single Arm Row
Fitness Pointe Single Arm Row