The Carroll Wellness Center has received a large grant from the Twin County Community Foundation that has been utilized to expand its Diabetes and Chronic Disease Rehab Program.
The grant has allowed the Hillsville facility to add $20,000 worth of new equipment for the program – two additional Sci Fit Recumbent Steppers, a Sci Fit Pro 2 (an ergometer), and a Keiser functional trainer. The additions give CWC a total of six machines specifically designed for the rehab and senior population. However, anyone can get a good workout on these machines by increasing the resistance.
These new additions have also allowed Carroll Wellness Center to create a “private” training area in Rehab Manager Carrie Phipps’ office, where the Keiser Functional Trainer for resistance/strength training is located in addition to a Sci Fit Stepper. This will allow anyone who might be uncomfortable being in the main gym or reluctant to join the program to have a separate and secluded area to participate.
“I am excited about now we are set up in Carrie’s office where she can have her own private training room entirely. Some of the clients that are really intimidated to come to the gym, now they can have their own private area and they don’t have to be self-conscience about going into the main weight room,” CWC Executive Director Greg Hampton said. “A lot of our diabetics especially have never been in the gym and they are out of shape or overweight. They are just scared to death and this will be a great new addition for them.”
Hampton said the new ergometer is a popular piece of equipment because it is a bicycle-like machine that can work the upper and lower body. Someone in a wheelchair, for instance, can still get their heart rate up by pedaling with their upper body. It can also be used just for lower-body work or for lower and upper at the same time.
“This is something we have not had before and it is wheelchair-accessible. It is very popular. All of my members have been using it,” Hampton said. “A lot of them are using it that aren’t in rehab, but they just like the bike aspect of it and the upper body aspect.”
The CWC Executive Director is also pleased with the new Keiser functional trainer, which he says can be set to perform more than 100 different exercises. It is a rather unique piece of equipment in that it uses air compression for resistance. It also comes with many different attachments for different exercises. Perhaps the best feature to Hampton is that it allows the user to increase or decrease weight by as little as one-tenth of a pound.
“That is really ideal for rehab patients because a lot of them can’t jump up 5, 10, or 15 pounds like on our weight machines, so this allows you to adjust the resistance in very small increments,” Hampton said. “And it does a lot of different things like it measures power and peak power, so you can see if somebody’s power is improving with resistance. It is really ideal for our rehab people.”
CWC still has free 1-year memberships available from the TCCF Grant to award to qualified individuals diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes or other chronic disease. The facility wants to give the remaining memberships out as soon as it can for the benefit of the community. The program includes customized personal training, diet education as well as glucose and blood pressure checks each visit.
“We’ve had amazing results with this program now for the past two years,” Hampton said. “It is successful in helping individuals manage their chronic disease in almost every case achieving dramatic improvements with consistent attendance in the program.”
Call CWC at 728-2500 or message them on Facebook or on the website www.carrollwc.org with any questions.
Allen worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN