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January 10, 2013

Wellness Center pool temp change linked to safety

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“You can develop problems with heat exhaustion (if the temperature is too high),” said Ted Santaniello, fitness manager at PARC. “It was also very difficult for our lifeguards to sit in there for extended periods. 

“It was like sitting in a sauna.”

The Wellness Center will soon be introducing several post-therapy programs for people who have completed rehabilitation programs following an injury or illness. The Wellness Center programs will help people continue using healthy activities in their lives beyond the supervised support they have just completed, officials said.

Some of the activities those people will perform include use of the pool, Santaniello said. The current water temperatures will offer them and other users safer opportunities for aquatic aerobics, he added.

Patients who are undergoing supervised aquatic therapy for rehab purposes are assigned to the CVPH Rehab Center on Tom Miller Road, which has a small therapeutic pool that does have a higher water temperature, Meister noted.

“Our primary concern (for PARC pool users) is safety,” she said. “We will not be changing the temperature.”

‘GAINING MEMBERS’

Some have suggested that as many as 100 people have left PARC to join other facilities in the community over the temperature issue; the Press-Republican has published numerous Letters to the Editor and Speakout submissions over the past several months, mostly saying the drop to around 83 degrees leaves the water was too cold.

But Meister said the center is gaining members, not losing them.

“Some people have come to us and thanked us (for lowering the pool temperature),” she said.

“It’s difficult to please everyone, but the pool can now be used safely by everyone.”

“We want the pool to be used for exercise,” Santaniello added. “Our main goal is to help members become more active and remain active to improve overall health.”

Both CVPH Medical Center and Power Wellness Management, the company that oversees day-to-day operations at PARC, agreed to the decision to keep the pool at the average 83 degrees.

Email Jeff Meyers: jmeyers@pressrepublican.com

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