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Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center Focuses on Four Pillars of Health
By Vanessa Orr

One of the biggest New Year’s resolutions that people make is to get healthy.  They join a gym, begin a workout program, and maybe even start watching what they eat. But while intentions are good, it’s often hard for many people to commit to a long-term fitness goal.

“A lot of times, people begin to lose motivation, and their efforts fall off after a few months,” explained Stephanie Sedar, sales and marketing manager at the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center. “That’s why we encourage members to focus not just on exercise, but on being well all over.

“We follow a four pillars approach that connects people to the things that matter the most to them,” she adds of the center’s focus on Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery. “The mindset pillar is especially important in light of New Year’s resolutions as well as along each step of the journey.”

The first day that a member joins the center, they are asked to read through a set of statements and pick the ones that best describe them at that point in time. They are also asked to set goals, and at subsequent appointments, go through an assessment to figure out what changes need to be made to help them progress.

“We’re unique in that we are here to help our members wherever and whenever we are needed. We want to make sure that they know that they’re not doing this on their own,” said Sedar.

The Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center has been partnering with EXOS for the past two years, which makes its staff uniquely qualified to work with members at any level from novice to professional athlete. “EXOS has developed fitness programs for pro athletes, the U.S. Armed and Special Forces and first responders,” said Sedar. “This partnership has made our staff’s skills even better—they can work with any type of person from a highly trained athlete to a person who just wants to lose 10 pounds.

“People have a wide variety of goals—everything from wanting to eat better to gaining more energy—and we have the ability to help them meet those goals,” she added.

The center has three registered dieticians on staff to assist members with a variety of nutritional needs. Exercise physiologists help members learn how to move safely and effectively, and close to 100 group exercise classes are offered each week that are included with membership. The 70,000 sq. ft. facility also includes a physical therapy pool, lap pool and whirlpool, basketball court and walking track.

Members are also coached on the recovery aspect of the four pillars, which includes taking care of oneself.
 “It doesn’t matter if you exercise all the time if you eat poorly and are stressed out; you won’t get the outcome you want,” said Sedar, adding that the center’s Spa Harmony, which is open to the public, offers a full range of day spa services including acupuncture, massage and Reiki.

“You need a combination of all four pillars to be healthy,” she added. “People need to exercise, eat well, destress and get enough sleep—and that all comes back to mindset.”

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To learn more about the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, visit www.wrcameronwellness.org or call 724-225-WELL. The center is open Monday-Thursday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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