In an effort to stay on the cutting-edge in training methods, as well as provide a modern facility for the entire base community, Semper Fit at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., recently renovated a fitness center on base to provide the equipment and facilities that Marines and their families deserve. The $1.4 million renovation project was completed in November 2014, with the grand re-opening held in January.
The upgraded facility is now the hub for all things fitness, athletics and recreation, providing a healthy destination for the 5,000-8,000 visitors who flock to the renovated facility each week.
“The fitness renovation was designed with all of our patrons in mind, to include Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, family members, retirees, wounded warriors, and exceptional family members,” said Semper Fit Director Adrian Villalobos. “This remodel was focused on the functionality of the building and increasing the amount of usable space, with a special emphasis on strength and conditioning, injury preventative methodology, High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) and general modernization.” ...
The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Mid-Year Conference, March 8-10, in Manchester, New Hampshire, brings together approximately 250-300 certified therapeutic recreation specialists (CTRSs) in the perfect setting for learning and networking. Attendees will have access to top-notch educational sessions from respected leaders in the field, as well as opportunities to connect and share best practices with peers at the many events planned at the Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown, the host hotel for the conference.
“The conference theme is Together Toward Tomorrow, which speaks to the need for our organization to unify and move forward while embracing strategies that ensure consumers have access to highly qualified providers of recreational therapy (RT) service to enhance their functioning and quality of life,” explained ATRA President Debbie Robinson, MS, CTRS/L, FACHE, who is currently director of Rehabilitation at New Hampshire Hospital, a state-run facility. “For the first time we are offering free preconference sessions to attendees; these special sessions feature knowledge about core principles, such as standards of practice and accreditation for practitioners, faculty and students.”
Mehrens pointed out that for the “Natural OPEs” funds are available to Airman and Family Services (AFS) Flight Child and Youth Programs (CYP) to enhance their OPEs while incorporating nature components.
The Opening General Session on Sunday March 8, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., features Craig A. Miller, author of “This is How it Feels: A Memoir of Attempting Suicide and Finding Life.”
“The ATRA Mid-Year Conference typically draws CTRSs from throughout the U.S. and the hosting region,” noted Robinson. “We are excited this year to feature some well-recognized speakers and highlight local expertise while offering fun and unique social opportunities for travelers new to New Hampshire. In addition to experiencing amazing educational content, attendees can participate in a tour of a local maple syrup barn, attend a hockey game at the arena across the street from the conference hotel and network during meals and socials.” ...