Berkshire Community College’s Third Annual Wellness Day Slated for Jan. 31

Berkshire Community College’s (BCC) Physical Therapist Assistant Club will hold its 3rd Annual Wellness Day, Wellness Day 2015
an event dedicated to the health and well-being of the local community, on Sat., Jan. 31 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 ($5 per half-hour exercise class or 10 minute chair massage).

“BCC’s Wellness Day is for everyone because everyone can benefit from adopting a healthier lifestyle,” said Michele Darroch, physical therapist professor and chair of BCC’s Allied Health Department. “Many people would like to make healthy changes, but don’t know where to start. This event is a great opportunity to try out an exercise class or learn better eating habits. Plus, the funds raised at Wellness Day go to helping individuals with spinal cord injuries to have critical rehabilitation services and the opportunity to do fun activities at a summer camp while receiving specialized care.”

Exercise classes will include:

  •  10:30 a.m. - Pilates core
  • 11 a.m. - Snowshoeing (some shoes will be available to borrow)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Pilates Stretch
  • Noon - Beginning Yoga
  • 12:30 p.m. - Zumba
  • 1 p.m. - Body Flex
  • 1:30 p.m. - Dance Circuit Training

Fitness Screens, conducted by physical therapy faculty and students from Sage College, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition, members of the Berkshire Battalions, a semi-pro hockey team, will run hockey drills and sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Entry to the event is free; however, donations will be accepted. FORUM credit is available for BCC students.

Proceeds will benefit Empower SCI, a non-profit corporation that serves the needs of individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Last year’s event, which raised approximately $1200, 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 and receive formal one to one rehabilitation therapy on a daily basis. They also partake in such recreational activities as kayaking and hand-cycling.

For more information about Wellness Day click here or contact Michele Darroch at (413) 236-4525 or

Details about BCC’s Allied Health Programs may be found at here.

Click here for more information about Empower SCI Inc.