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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.







Florida Hospital is Drafting Rookies aka Newborns into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Babies Program and Hosting a Birthday Party for Bucs Babies Who are Turning One in May


Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

As the exclusive hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida Hospital is recruiting all babies born at any Florida Hospital in the Greater Tampa Bay area-into the Bucs Babies program during the month of May. The Bucs Babies program is a club created for the tiniest Buccaneers fans. This year, newborns and families will receive an official Bucs Babies blanket, baby hat, and “training camp” gear that includes health and wellness items from the Bucs Partners, C1 Bank and Proctor & Gamble.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will offer each family a chance to experience their first Buccaneers game with pre-season game tickets. Florida Hospital will also host an exclusive birthday party on Sunday, May 3rd on the Pirate Ship inside Raymond James Stadium to celebrate the first birthdays of last year’s inaugural Bucs Babies. The birthday party will include exclusive access opportunities, face painting, balloons, with appearances from the Buccaneers staff, players and cheerleaders and, of course, Captain Fear. Publix will be supplying special cupcakes and Florida Hospital will be presenting families with a gift and special photo opportunities.

“Florida Hospital is committed to creating a healthier community. We are excited to partner with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a number of health iniatives and help them kick off the season by drafting all newborns and their families into the Bucs Babies program. We also look forward to welcoming back our Florida Hospital families and celebrating our first-ever Bucs Babies birthdays,” said Mike Schultz, President and CEO of the Florida Hospital West Florida Region.

The Bucs Babies program will be offered at Florida Hospitals in the greater Tampa Bay area including: Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital North Pinellas and Florida Hospital Carrollwood.

“Last season’s highly successful launch of the Bucs Babies program has us excited to work with our partners at Florida Hospital to grow the program even larger this year,” said Brian Ford, Chief Operating Officer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We look forward to welcoming the generation of newborn Bucs fans this upcoming season as well as celebrating the first birthday of our inaugural Bucs Babies in memorable fashion on the Pirate Ship at Raymond James Stadium.”

The Bucs Babies “training camp” gear, featuring health and wellness items is sponsored by Florida Hospital, Centra Care, Proctor & Gamble and C1 Bank. In addition to the Bucs baby hat and blanket, the training camp gear will include health and wellness materials, first aid kit, baby wipes, coupons from Proctor & Gamble and a C1 Bank $ 25 dollar saving account certificate. The program will last the entire month of May.

Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially kicked off their relationship in September 2013, by announcing a partnership focused on improving the health and wellness of the Tampa Bay community. Florida Hospital, which operates 23 hospitals across the state, is the exclusive hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To learn more about the Florida Hospital and Tampa Bay Buccaneers partnership, visit http://www.CatchBucsFever.com. Families participating in the program can use #BucsBabies all month long to upload photos of their own little rookies.

About Florida Hospital West Florida Region

The Florida Hospital West Florida Region is a not-for-profit 1,257-bed hospital system composed of 9 hospitals including Florida Hospital Tampa/Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid and Florida Hospital Wauchula. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 23 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FloridaHospital.com.

About The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play an active role in youth development through a variety of health and education initiatives supported by players, coaches, cheerleaders and staff. With an increased emphasis on youth health and wellness, the Buccaneers’ PLAY 60 Challenge and BUCS CARE SCHOOL initiative help teach students the importance of education, nutrition and exercise, renewing the team’s commitment to support youth charitable causes throughout the Bay Area. To learn more about how the Buccaneers make a difference in the community, visit http://www.buccaneers.com/community.







Florida Hospital Tampa Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program


Tampa, FL (PRWEB) April 21, 2015

Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the greater Tampa area.

Florida Hospital Tampa, today announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for its severely obese patients.

“Our entire team at Florida Hospital Tampa is honored to receive the recognition for the work we’ve been doing and for the thousands of people whose quality of life we have helped improve,” stated John Dietrick, MD, Medical Director for the Surgical Weight Loss Program at Florida Hospital Tampa. “When combined with a comprehensive treatment plan that includes exercise and dietary changes, bariatric surgery not only serves as the most effective tool to provide long-term weight loss, but often improves many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, high blood pressure and more.”

Florida Hospital Tampa’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Florida Hospital Tampa met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

“The MBSAQIP designation is a huge step for the bariatric surgery program at Florida Hospital Tampa,” said Brian Adams, President and CEO of Florida Hospital Tampa. “It recognizes the fact that we provide some of the most advanced care and highest quality surgery for our bariatric patients in the Tampa Bay area.”

After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center’s structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

About Florida Hospital Tampa

Florida Hospital Tampa is a not-for-profit 475-bed tertiary hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, orthopaedics, women’s services, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, bariatric, wound healing, sleep medicine and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Also located at Florida Hospital Tampa is the renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, a recognized leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and leading-edge research. The recent addition of the Doc1st ER shows that Florida Hospital Tampa is committed to providing compassionate and quality healthcare. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 22 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHTampa.org.

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.







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The C12 Group of Southwest Florida Gains Strength with Addition of Doug Poll


Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) March 05, 2015

The C12 Group, America’s leading Christian CEO and Business Owner roundtable organization, will bolster their Southwest Florida territory with the addition of Doug Poll as Chair. Poll joins Chairs Don Light, Sr., and Don Light, Jr., a father and son practice, who have served the area since 2001 and 2010 respectively.

“We are thrilled that Doug will be joining us,” said Light, Jr. “He has a great deal of experience, first hand, with helping business leaders improve their bottom lines – and he has a real passion for the work and model of C12. Doug is an outstanding addition to our team.”

Poll will host two introductory events for Christian CEOs and business owners. The first is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1st from 7:30 – 9:00 am at The Meadows Country Club, 3101 Longmeadow in Sarasota. The second on Friday, April 17th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North in Venice. Those interested in attending may contact Poll at 941-321-7130 or by email at Doug.Poll(at)C12Group(dot)com.

Poll brings a wealth of management and coaching experience to his new position at C12. Previously, Poll operated the Doug Poll Group, specializing in executive and leadership coaching in the areas of strategic planning, hiring, team building, and leadership development. Over the next three years, Poll aims to expand the C12 Group roster in Southwest Florida, focusing on helping business owners meet their unique challenges.

“I am passionate about influencing the influencers – C12 is the perfect fit for me. My personal vision is to meaningfully engage others in finding God’s purpose for their lives and their businesses. I’m honored to work with the Light’s and help grow the Southwest Florida C12 outreach and influence,” said Poll.

About The C12 Group

Founded in 1992, The C12 Group is America’s leading provider of executive roundtables for Christian CEOs and Business Owners. C12’s mission is to “change the world by bringing forth the Kingdom of God in the marketplace through the companies and lives of those He calls to run businesses for Him.” For more information about The C12 Group of Southwest Florida, contact Doug Poll at 941-321-7130, by email at Doug.Poll(at)C12Group(dot)com or visit http://www.C12SWFlorida.com.







Demetree Real Estate Joins Sperry Van Ness


Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) February 25, 2015

Sperry Van Ness® Florida announces that Demetree Real Estate Services has become the newest addition to its expanding presence throughout the state. Now operating as SVN Demetree, well-known and respected industry veterans Mary Demetree and Rory Williams will expand their extensive property management expertise and services in locations throughout Florida.

“We’re pleased to add to our SVN® Florida team the talents of such high-caliber and distinguished professionals as Mary Demetree and Rory Williams,” said Jerry Anderson, CCIM, Executive Managing Director of SVN Florida. “With the addition of the Demetree team, SVN Florida has immediately enhanced its ability to provide outstanding, full service property management in every market throughout the state.”

Headquartered in Winter Park, SVN Demetree currently manages more than two million square feet of property and 3,000 multifamily units in a variety of regions, including Central Florida, the Space Coast, South Florida, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

“We’re excited to join the SVN Florida family—it was the right timing and right fit for us,” said Demetree. “Our goals and philosophy are in sync with the SVN organization’s dedication and team approach to serving clients. In addition, aligning with a commercial real estate firm of SVN Florida’s quality and reach provides us with the best opportunity to continue to expand our services.”

Mary Demetree has a successful real estate legacy in Central Florida and throughout the state. She has earned numerous awards and accolades for her business successes, including being named the Business Owner of the Year in Orlando for 2012. In addition to running her own 200-plus person real estate firm and spearheading its successful growth, she has led a number of other successful business ventures, has been a large gift donor for a number healthcare organizations, is an active investor in Broadway theatre, and serves as a venture capital partner in the WonderWorks attraction in Orlando.

She is also active in the community having served on dozens of boards and committees and supported numerous initiatives, such as Boys Town Central Florida, Young Life of Central Florida, Florida Housing Finance Corporation, Central Florida Partnership, Commerce National Bank & Trust of Winter Park, and Ave Maria University in Southwest Florida.

The Demetree name is synonymous with high-profile real estate activity, as the family has served as pioneers in the land development, construction, commercial real estate, and land use industries nationwide for more than 65 years. Among its many achievements, the Demetree family is often recognized as having owned land purchased by Walt Disney more than 50 years ago for his Orlando theme parks.

Rory Williams previously served as the principal and managing partner of AC Commercial Realty, which merged with Demetree Real Estate Services prior to its joining SVN Florida. Williams successfully guided AC Commercial—a diversified real estate organization focused on investment, development, and real estate services—through several growth stages and was instrumental in diversifying its portfolio of properties in Florida and Texas and merging with the Demetree team.

A second-generation commercial property manager, Williams combines industry knowledge with local market intelligence to provide expert guidance and creative investment strategies to his clients. He specializes in office, retail, industrial, self-storage, and multifamily assets. Prior to founding AC Commercial, Williams led the operations of a private real estate portfolio with five million square feet and operations in eight states.

The addition of SVN Demetree is consistent with the efforts to provide specific commercial real estate verticals within the SVN national brand, which was recognized as the 8th Top Property Manager, according to the 2014 Commercial Property Executive Survey.

SVN Florida features Advisors in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola, Ocala, New Smyrna Beach, Melbourne, Orlando, Lake Mary, Winter Park, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bradenton, Naples, Fort Myers, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Stuart, Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, and Miami. The SVN Florida team represents clients in office, multifamily, retail, industrial, self-storage, hospitality, marina, mobile home park, and land transactions.

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About Sperry Van Ness Florida Commercial Real Estate Advisors:

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation, a commercial real estate brokerage franchisor, is one of commercial real estate’s most recognized brands, based on the annual Lipsey Survey. The SVN® Organization includes more than 180 locations in 200 markets. SVN Advisors provide brokerage, tenant representation, consultation, asset management, property management, leasing, accelerated marketing, and auction services. The Florida team consists of more than 90 Advisors serving locations throughout the state. SVN Advisors represent clients in office, multifamily, retail, industrial, self-storage, hospitality, marina, mobile home park, and land transactions. All SVN offices are independently owned and operated. For more information on SVN Florida, visit http://www.svnflorida.com. For the latest news, trends and issues related to the commercial real estate market, visit SVN Florida’s blog http://www.svnflorida.com/category/blog/.

Contact

Ken Zeszutko

Zeszutko Corp.-PR on behalf of SVN Florida

321-213-1818

kenz(at)zcorp-pr.com

Jerry Anderson, CCIM, Executive Managing Director

Sperry Van Ness Florida Commercial Real Estate Advisors

386-547-4968

jerry.anderson(at)svn.com







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