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Hudson Valley Community College Slates Upcoming Wellness and Fitness Programs

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Monday, Jan. 14, 2008

Hudson Valley Community College offers a wide variety of fitness and wellness programs in the winter and spring months. Courses in ice skating, Pilates, Reiki, yoga, aerobics, Nia and cardio-kickboxing will be offered through the college’s Office of Community and Professional Education.

Cardio Kickboxing, a total body aerobic workout, runs for 24 sessions from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings, beginning Feb. 18. This hour-long workout is for all ages and fitness levels.

A course in Nia, a fitness program that fuses dance, martial arts and the healing arts, will run Tuesday and Thursday evenings weekly for 22 sessions beginning Tuesday, Feb. 19. The class session is from 7 to 8 p.m. The Nia program provides a great cardiovascular workout that also strengthens and increases agility and flexibility.

Yoga I: Foundations of Practice, a ten-week course, is offered in two sessions beginning the first week of February. The course runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday and 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Reiki I, which discusses the healing art of Reiki, will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning Thursday, Feb. 28, and will run for five sessions.

Twelve-session courses in both beginning and intermediate Pilates will be offered beginning in February. The beginners’ course will run in two separate sessions, Monday evenings from 6 to 6:45 p.m. starting Feb. 18, and Wednesday evenings from 5:15 to 6 p.m., starting Feb. 20. The intermediate-level Pilates course will run from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 6:45 p.m. starting Feb. 20. Pilates is a precise form of exercise that focuses on movements designed to stretch and strengthen the body’s core muscle groups.

Finally, the college’s Health and Wellness Institute will offer Striving to Live Well: Essential Tools to Look Better, Feel Better and Live Longer, a two-hour interactive workshop with Dr. Jacob Silvestri on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

To register or for more information about these programs, contact the Office of Community and Professional Education, (518) 629-7339.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.