What can a Personal Trainer do for you?

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Improve Your Overall Fitness
.  The primary reason people hire a personal trainer is to get professional assistance to improve cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, endurance, posture, balance and coordination. A personal trainer will monitor your progress and fine-tune your program as you go, helping you set realistic goals along the way and determine safe training strategies, all while providing the encouragement you need.

Make it Sticky.  Sticking with well made plans is one of the biggest challenges people face. Qualified personal trainers can provide motivation for developing a lifestyle that places a high priority on health and activity. A personal trainer can help you brainstorm ways to overcome your biggest obstacles to exercise.

Focus on Your Unique Health Concerns.  A survey from the IDEA Health & Fitness Association shows that 50 percent of personal training clients have special medical needs, such as arthritis, diabetes or obesity. A personal trainer can help you with these or other issues, including low-back pain, rehabilitation from injury and pre/postnatal training. Your personal trainer can work with your physician, physical therapist or other health care provider to plan a safe, efficient program that will speed your recovery or enable you to reach your health goals.

Learn New Skills. Want to improve your tennis game, become an in-line skater, golf like a pro, better your weekend basketball game or get ready for a wilderness adventure vacation? An individualized program can improve your overall conditioning and develop the specific skills you need.

Contact a SPC Personal Fitness Trainer today and kick start your health in 2015.

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Health Tips to Light Up Your Holidays



Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority.


Follow 12 recommended tips for self-care this season. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays.

  1. Wash hands often to help prevent the possibility of spreading germs and getting sick. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, mittens, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  3. Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out. Find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
  4. Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger.
  5. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. It’s common knowledge that smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but nonsmokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke, also referred to as secondhand smoke.
  6. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Use seat belts on every trip, no matter how short the trip.
  7. Get exams and screenings. Ask your health care provider what exams you need and when to get them. Update your personal and family history.
  8. Get your vaccinations, which help prevent various diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk for complications from flu, and for people who live with or care for someone who is at high risk.
  9. Monitor the children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s reach. Dress your children warmly for outdoor activities. Develop family rules on safe behavior—on using electronic media, for instance.
  10. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  11. Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, and cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate them promptly.
  12. Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables, which pack plenty of nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.

Reference:  http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HealthyTips/

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – SPC Striders

Join the SPC Striders in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk this Saturday October 18th!

Making StridesTo Participate:

  • Sign up online
  • Walk


1. Sign up online:

  • Visit www.makingstrideswalk.org
  • Click on Get Involved
  • Click Sign Up
  • Click Join a Team Today
  • Select Search for a Team
  • Type in SPC Striders then click Search
  • Click on the team name
  • Select the Join Our Team button
  • Create your personal fundraising goal and make your choice about donation options. You can choose to donate as much or as little as you want.
  • Finish entering your information, confirm and save



This Saturday, October 18

Vinoy Park (701 Bayshore Dr. NE, downtown St. Petersburg)

9:00 am (arrival time 8:00 – 8:30 am)

Dress: Casual and pink

Parking: Any of the garages or street parking

Sign in: Check in/Registration tent

Meeting Spot: The SPC Nursing Tent

Before the walk: Group photos, announcements, etc.

Walk: About 3 miles, non-competitive, and casual


Questions? Please contact Cara Sebastian, (727) 341-3402


Breast Cancer

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The Color Run – Clearwater

pink color run imageThe Color Run was founded in March of 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”.


For the race, participants will wear all white clothing and will be showered with colored powder as they run/walk the 5k course. The picture in this post acts as a $7 off coupon code CW3. Please feel free to use this code when signing up for the race.


Fellow SPC employee Kelli Stickrath, is an Ambassador for The Color Run in Clearwater on December 6th. Kelli’s team name is “It’s Easy Being Green”. Feel free to e-mail Kelli for more information.

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SPC Chapter of Golden Key Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

The St. Petersburg College chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society is proud to support breast cancer awareness month in October.

Golden KeyThe student chapter wants to remind everyone in the college and local community of the importance of monthly breast self-examinations and encourages students, staff and faculty to engage in this practice.

Additionally, Golden Key is reminding everyone about Yoplait’s campaign; previously know as Save Lids to Save Lives, a fundraising event that runs from October through February each year. For each lid that is turned in to Yoplait, a portion is donated to Race for the Cure and other breast cancer initiatives.

Helping this worthy cause is easy. Just collect your lids and mail them into Yoplait at P.O. box 44903, Atlanta, GA 30336 and e-mail Deborah Eldridge at eldridge.deborah@spcollege.edu with your tally of lids.

Another way to help is by joining Golden Key on October 11 at Carillon Park to walk/run in Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure event. You can register HERE. Once there, click on join a team. Create your login and then look for “SPC-GKS Students Who Care.” The cost is $30 per individual or $25 per student.Friends in the Fight

Please join us in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and thank you in advance for your efforts.

Look for pink lids from these specifically marked products:

  • Yoplait
  • Betty Crocker
  • Green Giant
  • Totinos
  • Bisquick
  • Progresso
  • Pillsbury
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