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JCCNV Wellness Workshop Series

The Health, Fitness & Aquatics staff hosts monthly wellness programs and information sessions designed to engage, educate and motivate members to adopt healthier lifestyles. Each month features a different program, event, or publication that will shed light on an aspect of social, emotional, occupational, physical, intellectual, environmental or spiritual wellness.

Join our Personal Trainers for quarterly health and fitness workshops. The trainers will demonstrate exercises, explain the benefits of certain programs, and be available to answer any questions you may have about your wellness needs. Workshops are free for all members.

If you’d like to see a workshop on a topic that interests you, please contact Exercise and Wellness Coordinator, Keri Drugan.

Upcoming Workshops

The Health, Fitness & Aquatics staff host monthly wellness workshops designed to engage, educate, and motivate members to adopt healthier lifestyles. Each month features a different workshop that focuses on the mind, body, or spirit.

7 Ways to Improve Your Memory
Wednesday, October 14
Presented by Keri Drugan
Do you have trouble remembering names, where you last put your keys, or how to do a skill someone just taught you? Come and learn why we sometimes forget these types of things, what some of the top ways to improve your memory are, and start using the skills you’ve learned immediately.
Fee: $5/ Free for members

Coping with Stress and Feelings of Depression
Wednesday, November 4
Presenter TBA
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, stressed, tired, and maybe have even had moments of depression, you’re not alone. According to the National Health Interview Survey, 75% of the general population experiences at least some stress every two weeks. Learn why and how stress is caused, ways you can handle stress, and how to prevent negative stress in your life.
Fee: $5/ Free for members

How Technology Can Help Your Health
Wednesday, December 2
Presenter TBD
With technology playing an ever-growing role in our lives, come find out how it can help you better monitor your health. Learn the important gadgets you should consider using while exercising, how to use them, and the benefits technology can provide you.
Fee: $5/ Free for members

Past Workshops:

Body: Reduce Pain and Improve Health with Aqua Training

Wednesday, September 9, 11:45am–12:45pm

Presented by Elin Kanchev

Exercise in any form is great for the body, but what if it’s causing you severe pain? Doing exercise in the water is one of the best ways to have an almost pain free workout. Learn why using the water is one of the best ways to work out, what exercises you can do on your own in the pool, and how you can improve your health while reducing pain.

Fee: $5/ Free for members

Spirit: Achieve Balance and Health from the Inside Out

Wednesday, June 10, 11:45am–12:45pm

Presented by Petya Ivanova

Do you ever feel like your emotions or difficult moments are caused by other people or events? Learn the seven sources of energy in your body, how to know if you’re internally balanced, and how you can improve your overall wellness and peace.

Fee: $5/ Free for members

Body: The Importance of Moving the Body Through all Planes of Motion  

Wednesday, May 20, 11:45am–12:45pm

Presented by Keri Drugan

The body exists on a three-dimensional plane, but so often we move in only a one-dimensional way. By incorporating all three planes of movement into your day, you will increase your range of motion, prevent injuries, and provide greater stability for your body.

Exercise Abroad! You don’t have to hit the gym to stay fit while traveling!

Wednesday, April 22, 11:45am-12:45pm
Planning a big Spring or Summer Vacation? Don’t forget to pay your gym clothes! Keep you strength and endurance while traveling. Learn some simple exercises you can do while traveling- at the airport, on an airplane, in the car or in the hotel room without using any equipment!

The J and Life with Cancer™, are proud to present "Elements of Mind-Body: Exploring Techniques to Reduce Distress, Ease Pain, and Promote Wellness"

Wednesday, March 18, 11:45am-1:15pm

Attend this workshop for an overview of mind-body techniques including stress response and breath work, eating and movement, biofeedback and guided imagery, body scan, and muscle relaxation.

Presented by Jean McCaw, MA, ATR-BC, Therapist III, Art Therapist
Life with Cancer™, a part of Northern Virginia’s Inova Health System, offers support and education for anyone affected by cancer to help people cope with their individual cancer and its treatments in the best way possible. Our unique approach to cancer education and support using both Oncology Certified Nurse Educators and Licensed Clinical Social Workers provides a one-of-a-kind partnership for addressing all the needs of someone experiencing cancer in their life. All programs at Life with Cancer™ are FREE no matter where treatment is received.  For more information go to 

Fall Prevention: Exercise, Nutrition & Home Safety

Wednesday, February 25, 11:45am-12:45pm

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as one in three adults over age 65 fall each year, and the result can be serious injury or even death. In this workshop learn how different forms of exercise, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a safe home can help to prevent falls and diminish the risk of serious injury.Suffering from

Sciatica? Best Exercises to Manage Sciatic Pain

Wednesday, December 17, 11:45am–12:45pm
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve — from the low back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. While sciatica typically only affects one side of the body, it can present itself as severe pain, inflammation, and numbness. In this hour-long workshop, learn some of the underlying causes of sciatic nerve pain and the best exercises to help reduce pain in the affected areas.

Exercise & Dietary Recommendations for Osteoporosis

Thursday, October 30, 11:30am–12:30pm
Presented by Judy Chandler Rugel, MPH, CHES

Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density, which can lead to an increased risk of fractures. Osteoporosis is a major health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans. In the US, 10 million individuals are estimated to already have the disease — out of that number, 8 million are women. In this workshop, learn what the current exercise and dietary recommendations are to help prevent the onset of osteoporosis and maintain bone strength.

Judy is a freelance project manager with more than 10 years of experience in public health, health education, and health communications. Her professional and academic work have primarily focused on chronic disease prevention, healthy aging, nutrition, and physical activity. From 2007 to 2013, Rugel managed the development and distribution of the National Osteoporosis Foundation's educational programs and content related to the prevention, detection, and treatment of osteoporosis. Rugel holds her Master’s Degree in Public Health from George Washington University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Rugel is also currently working with the Wellcoaches School of Coaching to become a certified health and wellness coach.

Hip/Knee Replacement Workshop

Led by Lorraine Fischer, Licensed Physical Therapist.
On Thursday, September 11, Lorraine Fischer, member and physical therapist, presented an overview of joint replacement — focusing on the knees and hips. Lorraine discused why to undergo a joint replacement, when to have one, how to prepare the body for surgery, and choices for rehabilitation after surgery.   

Alleviate Stress and Move Through Life! Stretching & Breathing Techniques

On Thursday, May 29, Keri Drugan, JCCNV Exercise & Wellness Coordinator, taught participants stretches and breathing techniques that can be incorporated into daily living for greater flexibility, improved range of motion, and stress and pain reduction. The group practiced a series of exercises for every major muscle group that can be performed anywhere without equipment!

Exercise for Arthritis

On Wednesday, March 19th the SFA Department hosted a Wellness Workshop on Exercise for Arthritis. Paula Cole, SFA Director and Allison Colman, Sports & Wellness Director, explained why exercise is important when you suffer from Arthritis. This workshop focused on the different forms of arthritis, and taught members new ways to incorporate exercise into your daily living to help manage arthritic pain, increase range of motion and flexibility around the joints, and stay active.
Click here to download the power point presentation.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings

In partnership with the Chamberlain College of Nursing, the SFA department held free blood pressure screenings for JCCNV members in February, the American Heart Month. Approximately 60 members, guests and staff took advantage of the free screenings in an effort to be heart healthy.

Benefits of Foam Rolling & Kinesio Taping

On Friday, October 25th the SFA Department hosted a Wellness Workshop on The Benefits of Foam Rolling & Kinesio Taping.  JCCNV Personal Trainer, Kasha Williamson, and Physical Therapist Judy Roenke presented at the well-attended workshop, explaining the science behind foam rolling and kinesio taping to reduce pain, inflammation, promote circulation, and improve muscular recovery.
Click here to download the Kinesio Taping power point presentation.
Click here to download the Foam Rolling power point presentation.

Back Pain

On Thursday, August 8th the JCCNV Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Department hosted their first Wellness Workshop focusing on Back Pain. Keri Drugan, Exercise & Wellness Coordinator and Dr. Ben Glasman from Breakthrough Chiropractic Care, gave an informative presentation on ways to control and alleviate back pain.
Click here to watch a clip of the workshop!

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