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New GameTime Fitness Park in Hillsborough County, Florida Serves Adults of All Ages and Abilities


Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) May 21, 2015

GameTime is pleased to announce the opening of a new GTfit Fitness Park at Northdale Recreation Center in Hillsborough County, Florida. The park was designed by GameTime and the Hillsborough County Park and Recreation Department to address the specific health and wellness needs of the adults in the community, specifically adults over the age of 50. According to a county report, nearly 50% of the population of Hillsborough County is over the age of 50, and the fastest growing segment of the population is between the ages of 55 and 64. (Source: Hillsborough County Website, US Census 2014 Update)

“Some of the adults in our community prefer exercising outdoors or want to be near their children or grandchildren while they play on the adjacent playground. We are meeting a different kind of need,” said Adrienne Rouse, Recreation Program Supervisor for Hillsborough County.

This is the first such fitness park in Hillsborough County. When selecting a location for the park, officials decided on Northdale Recreation Center because of its established club of older adults. The club, called O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lively Seniors), has more than 1,100 members, and was the perfect audience for a pilot program.

Dominica Recreation Products is GameTime’s exclusive representative in Hillsborough County and understands the need to create outdoor fitness spaces. ”With a professional degree in fitness and sixteen years in the commercial fitness equipment and health club industry, I know how an indoor fitness center can be intimidating, uncomfortable, and inconvenient for many people,” said Rob Wilson, Sales and Marketing Manager for Dominica. “In the case of Northdale Recreation Center, we brought fitness to the O.W.L.S and, in doing so, we removed those barriers with equipment that is challenging, yet welcoming for their age group.”

To help educate the community on how to use the fitness equipment, and to ensure users are getting the maximum benefit, there are classes held each week by certified personal trainer, Joe Monroe. “We show the seniors how to use the fitness equipment to maintain balance and flexibility, and to improve muscle strength,” said Mr. Monroe. “Several of the pieces, like the Chest Press and Lat Pull Down are also accessible, so that adults of all abilities can use them. All of the equipment is ideal for therapeutic use and the classes are very popular.”

The fitness park has been named a National Demonstration Site for Outdoor Fitness Parks by PlayCore, a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based company that helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play and fitness through research, programs, and partnerships. PlayCore names National Demonstration Sites based on a stringent set of criteria that ensures a community thoughtfully plans a fitness park to meet the needs of their residents, demonstrates a plan to publicize the availability and benefits of the park and regularly measures its effectiveness and impact on the community. PlayCore’s database of National Demonstration Sites for Outdoor Fitness can be viewed at http://www.playcore.com/fitness. Visitors to the site can submit their own fitness parks or learn how to establish an outdoor fitness park in their community.

About GameTime

GameTime is a leading manufacturer of commercial playgrounds, custom play spaces and outdoor fitness equipment. Headquartered in Fort Payne, Alabama, and with distribution around the world, GameTime has been dedicated to enriching childhood through play since our founding in 1929. Our products combine play research with thoughtful design to create playgrounds for children of all abilities. We bring together the right corporate, civic and nonprofit partners to build healthy, active communities that make the world a better place for children and families.







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Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. Focuses on Helping Older Adults Maintain/Restore Their Functional Independence


Shirley, NY (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

Providing strength and aerobic conditioning – to improve balance and mobility – is important in helping older adults maintain their independence. Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. is featuring the Balance System™ SD and BioStep® 2 Semi-Elliptical Cross Trainer at the upcoming conference venue in Orlando, Florida for ICAA, MFA and Athletic Business.

The Biodex Balance System SD offers training modes to improve balance, increase agility, and develop muscle tone. Training includes static and dynamic balance exercise, weight shifting, increasing limits of stability and improving reaction time. System generated reports provide motivating feedback. The device includes a comprehensive Fall Risk Screening & Conditioning Program with an integral test that can quickly and accurately identify “potential fall” candidates.

The BioStep 2 helps strengthen the muscles specifically associated with mobility, walking and balance. The device provides a zero impact, safe and comfortable total body workout in both forward and reverse directions. The fluid motion is forgiving on knees, ankles, hips, and lower back. The low impact motion reduces the jarring impact often associated with other recumbent steppers.

Simple to use, these Balance & Mobility devices are suitable for physical rehabilitation under the direction of a therapist, or wellness centers where minimal supervision is available. Whatever the starting point, patients/members can progress through the various levels at their own pace.

“Biodex understands the value older adults place on maintaining their independence. A wellness program with a plan to improve balance and mobility helps meet this goal,” states Don Gronachan, Vice President Physical Medicine Sales. “We offer the Balance System SD and BioStep 2 for strength building and total aerobic exercise.”

Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. manufactures rehabilitation devices for all disciplines of physical medicine including Senior Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine/Orthopedic, Neurorehabilition, Post-Acute Care and Wellness Conditioning.

The ICAA, MFA and Athletic Business conferences takes place November 13-14, 2014, Orlando, FL. Visit Biodex in the Athletic Business pavilion, Booth #423 for a hands-on product demonstration.

If you are unable to attend and want to learn more about Biodex products, programs and protocols contact Biodex directly at 1-800-224-6339 (Int’l 631-924-9000), visit our website, http://www.biodex.com, or email us at info(at)biodex(dot)com.    

About Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. manufactures and distributes medical devices for physical medicine, nuclear medicine and molecular and medical imaging. It also provides balance assessment for concussion management as well as a fall risk screening and conditioning program. The Biodex commitment to innovative excellence spans more than 60 years. Our customer-driven support is why leading medical facilities around the globe call Biodex first.







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