Berkshire Community College's (BCC) Physical Therapist Assistant Club will hold its 2nd Annual Wellness Day, an event dedicated to the health and well-being of the local community, on Sat., Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event, which is open to individuals of all ages and abilities, will be held at BCC's Paterson Field House located at 1350 West. St. in Pittsfield and will feature free educational booths as well as exercise classes and chair massages ($4 per half-hour exercise class or 10 minute chair massage). Exercise classes will include: Zumba, Pilates, aikido, self-defense, creative dance and yoga
Proceeds will benefit Empower SCI, a non-profit corporation that serves the needs of individuals with spinal cord injuries. Entry to the event is free; however, donations will be accepted.
Last year's event, which raised approximately $1K, assisted in providing funds for two Berkshire County residents to attend a two-week summer program at Empower SCI Inc. Wellness Day organizers aim to exceed last year's profits.
This year's Empower SCI program is slated for July at Stonybrook University in Long Island, N.Y. The program caters to the unique needs of each participant and aims to maximize the individuals' ability to lead a happier, more meaningful and more independent life. Participants live on campus in accessible housing away from their homes and personal care attendants and receive formal one to one rehabilitation therapy on a daily basis. They also partake in such recreational activities as kayaking and hand-cycling.
"BCC's Wellness Day is about general health and wellness and is a great place to try a sampling of exercise classes from certified instructors and get current information on attaining a healthier life style. We're encouraging everyone in Berkshire County to come and learn how to improve their health," said Michele Darroch, physical therapist professor and chair of BCC's Allied Health Department. "This event is also an opportunity to help someone with a spinal cord injury to have critical rehabilitation services and the opportunity to do fun activities while receiving specialized care. This program is really the chance of a lifetime for these participants."
For more information, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/wellness or contact Darroch at (413) 236-4525 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Empower SCI Inc. visit www.empowersci.org.