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New Year Brings Many Fitness, Wellness Options at Georgetown

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Many members of the university community are starting the new year off with fitness goals as Georgetown continues to offer options that promote good health.

January 15, 2013 – A wide variety of fitness and wellness options at Georgetown – including a free month for faculty and staff at Yates Field House – are being offered in recognition of the new year.

The one-month membership is free until March 1 when faculty and staff sign up for one-year memberships, which cost $444. The amount –about $18.50 biweekly – can be automatically deducted from paychecks if requested.

“We offer members access to the facility’s eight-lane pool, weights and exercise machines, indoor and outdoor tracks, basketball and tennis courts and more – all with the convenience of being on campus,” says Yates director Jim Gilroy.

Tennis, squash and swimming lessons, group fitness classes and personal training are offered for additional fees.

Many Pounds Lighter

Convenience is a main reason why Ett McAtee, an administrative assistant for emergency management and operational continuity, decided to join Yates more than a decade ago.

“I come into Yates every morning,” says McAtee, who says she works out early to avoid traffic during her commute from the BWI Airport area. “The earlier I get going the better.”

McAtee began seriously working out after her mother died in 2008.

“One of the last things she told me was to take care of myself, health-wise,” she recalls.

In two years time, McAtee had lost nearly 100 pounds, and recently earned national certification to teach group fitness classes, weightlifting and water aerobics at Yates. She now teaches a Tuesday morning spin class and substitutes for other instructors.

Engaging in Life

“It’s incredible the impact that physical activity has in every area of life,” says Charles DeSantis, associate vice president for benefits and chief benefits officer. “It's not about watching the numbers on a scale, but about being more engaged in life.”

GUWellness, operated out of the faculty and staff benefits office, also offers members of the university community ways to maintain good mental, physical and emotional health. Free yoga classes are offered to faculty and staff on Fridays at 11 a.m. at Yates, and Weight Watchers “At Work” meetings are held Fridays at 12:45 p.m. at 2121 Wisconsin Ave.

Thursdays are reserved for “Weekly Walk With Charles [DeSantis].” Georgetown Provost Robert Groves will join DeSantis as a guest walker on Jan. 17.  Participants will meet in Healy Circle at 12:30 p.m.

“GUWellness takes the approach that there are many doors that lead to overall well-being,” says DeSantis. “Once a person has crossed the threshold, it’s our hope that they’ll keep moving forward, or, at the very least, just keep moving.”

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