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Wellness center offers more than a typical gym

PLATTSBURGH - Although it's been around since 2002, Kymberlie Sweenor is still surprised by how many people aren't aware of The Wellness Center at PARC.

Sweenor, the general manager at The Wellness Center, said there are numerous ways in which people can benefit there.

"We are definitely a unique situation," she said.

The Wellness Center, which is a part of the CVPH Medical Center, offers rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Some of the services in rehab CVPH provides can be found at other sites, but according to Sweenor, offering these therapies was beneficial to their patients.

"[CVPH] wanted to continue to have the entities remain together because it is appropriate for someone receiving any outpatient services, to continue on that journey of health and wellness and physical strength and conditioning to continue into a regular exercise program," she said.

Sweenor has also found it beneficial patients to remain at The Wellness Center because they are already familiar with the equipment, the staff and their surroundings.

All of the trainers at the center are experienced and certified fitness professionals, said Sweenor. They are available during all hours of operation to allow clients to ask questions and give suggestions.

"They're also available if someone wanted the motivation or the extra push," Sweenor added. "Most of the time we don't know how hard we can push ourselves safely. So, working with a personal trainer, one on one, is really beneficial if you have really specific goals."

Upcoming events

The city of Plattsburgh will be having its first half-marathon in April, and Sweenor is hoping people will look to the center for their training.

"We wanted to really support Plattsburgh as a city ... and the wellness of the community that wants to do that," Sweenor said. "For people that may have run before but want the camaraderie of training in a group."

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