June 21, 2008

Genesis Health Clubs to Talk Fitness at ‘Our Body’ Exhibit

By Karen Shideler, The Wichita Eagle, Kan.

Jun. 21--Part of the mission of the "Our Body: The Universe Within" exhibit is to get people to look at themselves in a different way, so pairing the exhibit with presentations by Genesis Health Clubs is a natural fit, said Christina Bluml, communications manager for Exploration Place.

Representatives from Genesis will be at Exploration Place beginning today for a series of presentations between now and the exhibit's closing in October. Genesis is a sponsor for the touring exhibit, which features 17 plasticized human cadavers and 150 body parts.

"They are all about health and fitness, obviously, and that is part of the mission of this exhibit -- that people will look at themselves in a different way" and be inspired to make changes, Bluml said.

Most of the presentations are free with admission to the exhibit or Exploration Place.

They begin today with Preston Petersen, a personal trainer, talking about training the body as a system, focusing on the development of young athletes. He will speak at 1 p.m.; his presentation will be repeated Aug. 16 at 1 and 3 p.m.

Here is the rest of the schedule:

Every Saturday through Oct. 11, noon to 4 p.m., Genesis trainers will be available to talk about creating a plan and achieving goals.

June 25, July 23, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24, 1:30 p.m., Senior Fit Plus class, with seated or standing toning moves and joint mobility stretching. Cost: $2.

July 12, 1 and 3 p.m., personal trainer Wendy Williamson will talk about the impact muscles have on the skeletal system.

Aug. 2 and Sept. 20, 1 and 3 p.m., dietitian Marsee Bates will speak on the role calcium plays in bone health.

Aug. 30, 1 and 3 p.m., Williamson will speak on helping lower back pain via the musculoskeletal system.

Sept. 6 and Oct. 11, 1 and 3 p.m., Genesis mind-body director Kelli Harsh will lead demonstrations of Pilates positions.

Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, Harsh will lead demonstrations of yoga poses.

Reach Karen Shideler at 316-268-6674 or [email protected]


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