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Part 1 On September 16, 2013, I received the phone call no one would want. It started me on a journey no one would choose. It made me a member of a club no one would join. A calm, soothing voice delivered these core-shaking words, “you have cancer.”   Many other words followed. I didn’t really

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The Core Freestyle Land Wellness class held on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at West offers an intensive advanced level workout focusing on building core strength, endurance and flexibility. Jen, the instructor, provided a warm, engaging environment for the 10 members attending on September 20th. As the regulars arrived, they grabbed a mat, a

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  Kim and her family relocated to Broome County three years ago. After extensive research of many communities, she and her husband decided Vestal was a great fit for their family. once they settled in, Kim got caught in difficult cycle. Her bad knees impaired her ability to exercise. The lack of exercise led to

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Prevention is better than cure! (Dutch Proverb) The National Council on Aging first designated the first day of Fall as Fall Awareness Day back in 2008. September 22, 2017 marks this year’s Fall Awareness Day. According to CDC (Center of Disease Control), one-fourth of all Americans 65 years and older will experience a fall each

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On a warm summer Thursday evening, I made my way to the Binghamton branch of the YMCA of Broome to try the 6:30 p.m. Cycling Class. I found the Cycling Studio tucked in a corner of the Wellness Center. I brought along a hand towel and a water bottle in anticipation of trying the cardio-pumped

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When Mark experienced pain during his workouts on the machines in the Wellness Center, he pushed through even harder. He’d dealt with it for years, figuring it was an old gym injury. His public service in the military, law enforcement and 42 years in fire service trained him to perform under adverse conditions no matter

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My name is Val. I was born with a congenital hip condition. Since the balls of my femurs were not completely formed, they fit loosely in the socket causing subluxation, an incomplete or partial dislocation of the hip. My doctor discovered the subluxation when I started to walk. So specialists formulated a treatment plan that

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Joints in Motion meets at 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Group Ex Room at West. It is designed to make daily tasks easier through strength and flexibility exercises that are accomplished while seated in a chair. Several of the 17 in attendance on May 17th shared how the class has improved their

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Emily celebrates her 22nd birthday on May 12th and works out at the West Family YMCA 4 days a week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, she enjoys joining the Rusty Hinges water fitness class. She devotes the rest of her time to the Wellness Center. She allots about 20-40 minutes to counting her steps on the

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“Be in control of your life and not at its mercy.” Joseph Pilates Co-teachers Mary and Jennifer started the 8 a.m. Aqua Pilates class by demonstrating warm-up breathing technique for the 9 participants standing in the shallow end of the pool. In between focusing on their slow breaths, the class twittered and jested with one-liners.

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