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Plenty to do at Holland Senior Center

May 31, 2011
HOLLAND — There are plenty of activities scheduled for the next few weeks at the Holland Senior Center, beginning on Wednesday, June 1 when personal trainer Denise Pontbriand, of West Brookfield, will come to the HSC.

Pontbriand has coordinated various strength assessment exercises over the past few weeks with seniors at the HSC, helping them use the treadmill, recumbent bike, resistance bands, and hand weights. At the conclusion of those activities, she developed a personalized exercise program for each individual that caters to their specific needs and takes into account any physical limitations they have. In addition to her June 1 visit, Pontbriand will also be at the HSC on Friday, June 10. Her visits were made possible through a recent health and fitness grant that was awarded to the HSC.

Pontbriand also runs a business called Core Fitness in the Millyard Marketplace in Sturbridge, where she leads several strength-training exercises. Moreover, she developed and implemented an acute care protocol for compression fractures, lectured at national level Sara Meeks Seminars on acute compression fracture protocol, and created Bone Camp, a program that focuses on osteoporosis education. She possesses more than 30 years of experience working in rehabilitation as a physical therapist assistant, and she also has advanced training in orthopedics, osteoporosis, geriatrics, and the perinatal population.

"This program has been very successful to this point, and we are still accepting people at the senior center who want to get this fitness plan assessment," said Deborah Tierney, who manages community outreach for the Holland Council on Aging. "A couple of women told me after the last session that they were very happy that a small town like Holland could offer such a great program free of charge."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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