Charlestown Cuts the Ribbon to New Fitness Center

CATONSVILLE, MD---Between individual workouts, group classes and other wellness activities, residents of Charlestown retirement community logged an amazing 40,000 hours of fitness time in 2011. That demand for staying in shape made the expansion of the community's gym and aquatics center a priority in planning for the Charlestown modernization project. The goal was realized on January 14th as residents and employees gathered for the official re-opening of the newly-designed fitness center. The ribbon cutting is one of several anticipated in 2013, as Charlestown celebrates its 30th anniversary with the opening of new amenities, including the re-modeled Charlestown Square clubhouse and re-styling of the Edgewood residential building. Teresa Reymann is the Wellness Manager at Charlestown.  During the ceremony, she noted that "the fitness center is state-of-the-art, designed to meet the needs of all skill levels, from those just beginning a fitness regimen to our 'workout warriors.'  The total area is nearly triple in size of our previous gym, offering our trainers ample room to provide personalized instruction." The gym features over 2,200 square feet of space for new cardio and strength-training equipment, a studio for group classes like spinning and Zumba and expanded locker rooms.  For those who enjoy a dose of entertainment during their workouts, the center has iPod hook-ups, two 50' inch HDTV's and treadmills with television monitors. Employees will have access to the fitness center during off-hours. "More than ever, our residents are pro-active in taking a holistic approach to their health, making the fitness center one of the most-heavily utilized amenities at Charlestown," stated Jeff Watson, Director of Operations for Resident Life for Erickson Living. "Approximately fifty percent of disease comes as a result of our own health decisions, such as diet, smoking and amount of exercise," noted Mr. Watson.  "Regular wellness activities provide people of all ages with physically and socially engaging ways to take charge of their futures.  As Americans attempt to stick to their fitness-related New Year's resolutions, I can't think of a better time to re-open the new fitness center at Charlestown." Following the ribbon-cutting, Ralph Strong, the president of the Charlestown Residents' Council, took the ceremonial first "jog" on a treadmill. A six-thousand square foot aquatics center is scheduled to re-open in the spring.  PHOTO CAPTION: (1) The ribbon was cut during the official re-opening of the new fitness center at Charlestown, the Erickson Living retirement community in Catonsville.   Pictured from left to right are Brett Goldberger (Fitness Specialist), Timothy Sanna (Director of Extended Care), Vinson Bankoski (Associate Executive Director), Teresa Reymann (Wellness Manager), Sylvia Meehan (Fitness Specialist) and Michael Willis (Assistant Director of Extended Care). PHOTO CAPTION: (2) Ralph Strong, president of the Charlestown Residents' Council, take the first "jog" during a ceremony that marked the re-opening of the community's new fitness center.  With him are Andre Johnson (left), Assistant Rehabilitation Manager, and Sylvia Meehan (right), Fitness Specialist. About Charlestown: Charlestown, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.

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