Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


Allentown, PA (February 24, 2004) - The Rodale Aquatic Center for Civic Health at Cedar Crest College will offer a new fitness course designed especially for people who are afflicted with multiple sclerosis. The multiple sclerosis shallow water class is a low-level, easy-paced class that incorporates cardiovascular aquatic movement, walking and strength training. The class will work on improving balance, core stability and flexibility. No swimming ability is necessary. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the winter session beginning March 1, 2004.

"This class is specially designed for people afflicted with MS who are independently mobile," says Heidi Hashagen, Fitness Director at the Rodale Aquatic Center. Hashagen has a bachelor of science degree in Exercise Physiology and certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine, the Aquatic Exercise Association and the Arthritis Foundation.

The Rodale Aquatic Center is dedicated to fostering civic health and wellness by providing a educational opportunities to the larger community, both alone and in cooperation with other organizations, that enhance the development of mind, body and spirit through a comprehensive array of aquatic classes, integrated with academic topics focused on healthy lifestyles.

The center has an 8-lane competition pool and a 25' x 40' warm-water exercise pool. It is fully-equipped with educational meeting rooms and is accessible for physically disabled visitors. "All the classes offered at the Rodale Aquatic Center employ state-of-the-art equipment in a spacious and comfortable environment and are led by qualified instructors. We also have the ability to train year round because of our indoor facilities," says Scott Rowlands, Director of the Rodale Aquatic Center. "It is a marvelous environment to experience a holistic approach to aquatic exercise by combining the most technically advanced aquatic fitness programming and equipment with nutrition, health, and wellness classes."

For more information about the Multiple Sclerosis Shallow Water Class, please contact the Rodale Aquatic Center at 610-606-4670 or e-mail aquatics@cedarcrest.edu.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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