Health BeatBack to Fall 2021
Cooper Tracks: Keep your health on track
The Shannon Health Club has launched a new program in partnership with renowned Cooper Wellness Strategies™, a Cooper Aerobics company, to help individuals manage chronic health conditions. Cooper® Tracks is an exercise and educational program designed to guide and support individuals through exercising, increasing confidence and developing habits to live healthier lives by managing their chronic disease and improving their immune health.
The fitness classes were created to help patients who have finished physical rehabilitation, cancer treatment, diabetes education or other rehabilitation programs transition into a medically based health club setting environment more easily.
What does it include?
Created by Cooper Aerobics in Dallas, this program is made up of multiple different health "tracks," including:
- Diabetes (type 1, 2 and prediabetes).
- Immunity and reconditioning.
Each program lasts eight weeks, with classes held twice per week, for a total of 16 classes. Hour-long classes include 30 to 40 minutes of cardio activity and 15 minutes of strength training, along with group education. Additionally, participants will have access to:
- Individualized exercise in a group setting.
- Comprehensive health education on topics such as chronic disease, nutrition, healthy lifestyles and stress management.
- Health assessments before and after the program (both will be sent to referring physician).
- Social support and accountability.
- Exercise tracking tools.
How does it work?
The Shannon Health Club is one of the first fitness facilities in the nation to partner with Cooper Wellness Strategies to implement Cooper Tracks. Each track will have its own certified instructor/trainer who has completed specialized training before teaching the classes.
"Our Cooper Tracks instructors are excited to offer members in our community who want to take charge of their health a safe and effective individualized exercise program in a group setting," says Janet Charlesworth, Shannon Health Club Director. "For months now, we have been working with Cooper Wellness Strategies to prepare and launch this new exercise and lifestyle modification program in an effort to improve the quality and quantity of people’s lives."
Education is a strong component of each track. After each class, participants receive instructions on assignments and exercises to complete prior to their next class session. A participant manual with all the required materials is provided upon starting the program.
"Our goal in bringing Cooper Tracks to the Shannon Health Club is to help meet the chronic disease management needs of our community and provide a proven program that safely transitions patients into a health club setting," Janet says. "We want participants to apply this education and fitness training as they continue on their journey to good health. Having a solid exercise and health foundation is key in preventing hospital readmissions."