Peter B. Lewis Aquatic & Therapy Center

Peter B. Lewis Aquatic & Therapy Center

Monday, April 27, 2015

"Meet Us At Menorah" 1 Mile Walk this Friday!

We hope to see YOU Friday at the 1 Mile Walk “Meet Us At Menorah”!!!!

Pre-Registration is still available and for the first 50 registrants you will receive a special give-away.  Registration forms available at the LAC front desk.

The walk begins at 10:00am at the Menorah Park Main Entrance

If you are not able to walk come, cheer people on around the course.

Friday, December 19, 2014


LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD® are research-based treatment programs that have proven effectiveness with those individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

LSVT BIG® Research has shown improvements including:
  • Faster walking with bigger steps
  • Improved balance
  • Improved trunk rotation
  • Improvements in activities of daily living such as getting in and out of bed

LSVT BIG® is a standardized treatment protocol which must be followed.  LSVT BIG® treatment consists of :

  • Evaluation by certified LSVT BIG® physical therapist
  • 16 individualized sessions, 4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks
  • Therapy sessions are 60 min in length
  • Daily homework practice
  • Daily carryover exercises

LSVT BIG® can only be conducted by therapists certified through LSVT Global to deliver this method of treatment.  We are proud to be the ONLY facility in the Cleveland area to offer both the  LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD® programs.

Please join us for informational sessions for both LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD®, open to anyone, conducted by our certified therapists at the following dates and times:

Jan 6- 1:15

Jan 14- 5:15

Jan 19- 10:30

Jan 29- 10:30

Please RSVP at the front desk or call 216-595-7345 to reserve your spot.

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Happenings

We hope your Thanksgiving was nice, December is here!  Here is what’s happening at LAC for you:

We have a new class! The Land Arthritis Class. Every Friday @ 10:30am in Auditorium C at Menorah Park! Come join us!

***We are sorry to inform you that the Yoga class has been canceled temporarily.  We will inform you when the class picks up again.***

Try a Triathlon!!!
For the week of December 15-December 19 you can bring a friend or buddy up with a current member to complete the LAC triathlon.

Waterjog 14 laps
Bike/Nustep 5 Miles
Treadmill 2 miles

Tracking charts are located on the bulletin board, please turn in completed forms to Tammy.
The first 3 teams to “cross the finish line” will win a prize!!!
*Remember if you bring a friend, they are only allowed in the pool, not the fitness center.

Don’t forget to pick up a pool closing schedule at the front desk.

Happy Holidays, stay warm!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Red Meat Consumption and Breast Cancer

Red Meat Consumption and Breast Cancer

New research published in the BMJ in June 2014 linked increased red meat consumption in women with increased risk for Breast Cancer.

The study looked at 88,803 pre-menopausal women between the ages of 24-43.

The researchers found that those with the highest consumption of red meat had a 22% increase in risk for breast cancer. For women who ate high levels of poultry, risk for breast cancer was lower. Each additional daily serving of poultry was found to lower breast cancer risk by 25%.

The study also found that replacing:
- 1 daily serving of red meat with a serving of poultry per day lowered breast cancer risk by 17%
- 1 daily serving of red meat with 1 serving of legumes per day lowered breast cancer risk by 15%

For this study:
Unprocessed red meat included beef, pork, or lamb
Processed red meat included hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meat such as sausage, salami, bologna
Poultry included chicken and turkey
Fish included tuna, dark meat fish (for example, mackerel, salmon, sardines, bluefish, swordfish), and other fish
Legumes included tofu or soybeans, string beans, beans, or lentils, and peas or lima beans
Nuts included peanut, peanut butter, and other nuts

Previous research in this field had found no association between red meat and breast cancer. However, the results are consistent with the American Cancer Society guidelines, which suggest “replacement of unprocessed and processed red meat with legumes and poultry during early adulthood may help to decrease the risk of breast cancer."

You can read the entire article here.


Monday, October 13, 2014

7 Physical Therapy Myths

Debunking 7 Physical Therapy Myths


1. Myth: I need a referral to see a physical therapist.

Fact: A recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) revealed 70% of people think a referral or prescription is required for evaluation by a physical therapist. However, all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) allow patients to be evaluated by a physical therapist without a physician's prior referral. In addition, 48 states and DC allow for some form of treatment or intervention without a physician referral or prescription (Oklahoma and Michigan being the exception). Beginning November 1, 2014, patients in Oklahoma will be able to seek treatment from a physical therapist without a physician referral. On January 1, 2015, patients in Michigan will be able to do so, as well. Some states have restrictions about the treatment a physical therapist can provide without a physician referral. 

2. Myth: Physical therapy is painful.

Fact: Physical therapists seek to minimize your pain and discomfort—including chronic or long-term pain. They work within your pain threshold to help you heal, and restore movement and function. The survey found that although 71% of people who have never visited a physical therapist think physical therapy is painful, that number significantly decreases among patients who have seen a physical therapist in the past year.

3. Myth: Physical therapy is only for injuries and accidents.

Fact: Physical therapists do a lot more than just stretch or strengthen weak muscles after an injury or surgery. They are skilled at evaluating and diagnosing potential problems before they lead to more serious injuries or disabling conditions—from carpal tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulder, to chronic headaches and lower back pain, to name a few.

4. Myth: Any health care professional can perform physical therapy.

Fact: Although 42% of consumers know that physical therapy can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist, 37% still believe other health care professionals can also administer physical therapy. Many physical therapists also pursue board certification in specific areas such as neurology, orthopedics, sports, or women’s health, for example.

5. Myth: Physical therapy isn't covered by insurance.

Fact: Most insurance policies cover some form of physical therapy. Beyond insurance coverage, physical therapy has proven to reduce costs by helping people avoid unnecessary imaging scans, surgery, or prescription drugs. Physical therapy can also lower costs by helping patients avoid falls or by addressing conditions before they become chronic.

6. Myth: Surgery is my only option.

Fact: In many cases, physical therapy has been shown to be as effective as surgery in treating a wide range of conditions—from rotator cuff tears and degenerative disk disease, to meniscal tears and some forms of knee osteoarthritis. Those who have recently seen a physical therapist know this to be true, with 79% believing physical therapy can provide an alternative to surgery.

7. Myth: I can do physical therapy myself.

Fact: Your participation is key to a successful treatment plan, but every patient still needs the expert care and guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Your therapist will leverage his or her specialized education, clinical expertise, and the latest available evidence to evaluate your needs and make a diagnosis before creating an individualized plan of care.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Importance of Regular Exercise for Older Adults

More research supporting the importance of regular exercise for older adults:

Research suggests that regular exercise training consisting of both endurance and strength training can prevent decline in fitness for older adults and affect their ability to stay independent. A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity studied over 100 adults, aged 71-90 for a 6 month period. The intervention group were adults who participated in daily endurance exercise and twice per week strength training. The results showed significant improvements in functional performance, strength, and endurance. In addition, while the control group demonstrated a decline in strength, the exercise group demonstrated an improvement in lower extremity strength. Positive changes were also seen in physical activity and lifestyle changes. The authors conclude that it is therefore important to offer opportunities for older adults to participate in a supervised training program.

Monday, October 6, 2014

NEW Tai-Chi Classes

NEW Tai-Chi Classes: Free to all Health Maintenance Participants

Every Monday from October 13th through November 17th

From 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Weekly Tai-chi class offered by our own staff Ron Surgeon, PTA.

  • Long time practitioner and player of Tai Chi Chuan and other Chinese Martial Arts
  • Experience in Cheng Manching Yang style Tai Chi short form
  • Lifetime student of Chinese Chi Kung exercises and Breathing exercises
  • Long time student at Center of Body Mind Harmony in Tallmadge, Ohio
  • Possessing a generous spirit to share skills in hoping to enhance another’s quality of life

Classes will be held at Menorah Park in Auditorium B.

Wear comfortable clothes and supportive shoes.