Back to School with Jenny Brown

Meet Jennifer Brown, Youth Program Manager at The Works!
Jenny is a graduate of The University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors in Social Work and a Masters of Science in Education. She has previously taught Kindergarten and First grade in two local elementary schools. She also brings experience in youth programming as both a Summer Camp Director and a Program Director.

Whether you’re jumping for joy and have the backpacks already stocked or you’re not quite ready to leave the waterfront yet….the new school year is quickly approaching or has started. Before long, the ice cream truck’s music will fade,stores will practically be paying us to buy school supplies, and our savored daylight evening hours will withdraw. We’ll be sprinting to the bus stop, racing our kiddos to and from sports, music lessons, and other extracurricular activities, all while attempting to carve out time to complete homework and eat dinner as a family.

As a parent you know that life tends to move rather intensely during the months of September-June. There are many ways to prepare yourself and your children for a successful school year. Here are some activities you can do now, and in the weeks ahead:

The strongest piece of guidance I can offer as a former elementary teacher is to start SLOWLY bringing the school year routine back into daily life. Begin to bring meal times, bed times, and morning routines back in line with your school year schedule. If you begin early and enter this at a slow pace, the kick back tends to decrease and the transition is easier. Getting enough sleep and having a structured weekday routine will contribute to and result in a student’s positive daily outlook and performance. 

Another good activity to prepare children for the upcoming school year is to incorporate learning into your end of summer adventures. Set off on a fun adventure together and slip in some learning at the same time. This adventure can be indoors or out: from a small scale science experiment in the kitchen to the Boston Museum of Science, calculating the mileage and time of your next road trip to the lake, or freshen up their vocabulary with a vacation journal. Our minds are like muscles: just as we do here at The Works Family Health and Fitness before a workout, warm up those muscles! 

The last piece of helpful advice I might offer is to set some clear, achievable goals for the school year. By setting both academic and personal goals, students will not only improve their performance in school – they will also gain confidence, motivation, and pride in their accomplishments. 

Here at The Works Family Health and Fitness we have a few school year programs that can help contribute to a happy, healthy, and successful school year. 

Our Clubhouse Kids Program is a structured morning program for Preschool aged children. This program is open to potty trained children ages 4 & 5 years old. It runs Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00am-10:30am 

`This program features a variety of fun activities including stories, arts and crafts projects, games, snack time and active play in the gym or on the playground. Parents must remain in the building. Children may be enrolled for as many mornings as desired, in any combination, on a first come first serve basis. 

Our After School Program gives your children an active, healthy routine afterschool throughout the school year. Send them to The Works and help them stay active and fit! From the moment your child walks through the door the activities begin. Children will partake in fun, engaging, heart-pumping games and activities that keep them exercising without realizing it. Join us everyday after school for gym games, outside games, swimming, homework help, specialty classes and fun. This program is open to children Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. 

 

  • This program is state licensed and tax deductible
  • Transportation Provided for Somersworth Students

 

General Daily Schedule

  • Participants will be divided by age each day.
  • Upon arrival each participant will take part in an active play activity and have their healthy snack. 
  • Homework time will be designated during the program in which help will be provided.
    • Once homework is completed participants will have the option to swim or take part in other active games or projects.
    • This program runs every school day.

Do you and your child need to get your 60 minutes of activity a day in but do not need an after school program? We can help!  Consider enrolling your child in our Supervised Programs while you work out. Plenty of activity occurring in our Supervised Gym, Supervised Swim, and Fit Spot!  Visit our link to determine which program best suits your child! 

We look forward to sharing many active and healthy experiences with your children during the upcoming school year. 

Staying Accountable

“It seems like just a year ago when I made my first trip back into the Works. Oh yeah, it has been a year Last year on February 14 I came back to the Works after a long absence. When I came back I decided to enter a “check in” on Facebook. As a joke I claimed that this was “one day in a row.” To my surprise several of my friends commented and gave me support. So day one, turned into day two, which turned into day three and on and on.

The staff at the Works is AWESOME!! And the others that go there are terrific too! It doesn’t take long to get to know the people there. I am part of the early morning crew who wait outside the door for 5AM to have the gym open.”Member Doug B (see more below)

One-year ago this morning, as a joke, he posted that check-in on Facebook when he came in after some time away. We noticed and acknowledged him… now, past 52 weeks  he continues to show up bright and early almost daily AND CHECKS IN ON FACEBOOK! We look forward to his early morning check-in and our Welcome Desk staff welcomes him, too!  

Congratulations, Doug on your consistency for AN ENTIRE YEAR! Looking forward to where this journey takes you! 

Our Personal Training Manager Weighs in on Accountability: 

We understand; most people do not enjoy exercise. This places an important emphasis on accountability and how you can stay on track to progressing towards a happier and healthier you. Most of us need something or someone to help keep us going even when we feel like giving up. This accountability can come from a number of different sources. A lot of my clients use their MyZone belt’s to help ensure they are working out at a safe yet effective intensity, all the while being able to see what their friends are doing for exercise. Many times, they will also rely on myself to help keep them motivated even when they are not working with me. 

Another effective means of staying accountable is by finding an exercise partner. This can be someone you physically enter the gym with, or it could be someone you know will check in with you to ensure you aren’t missing those crucial exercise days. This exercise partner could also be someone you simply attend a small group training or Group Exercise class with. You always have the option to utilize technology which has proven to be an effective way to stay on track. Whether it be checking into your gym via social media like Facebook, or utilizing health and specific fitness apps like MyFitnessPal, the tools are available to you!

How do you stay accountable?!” 

Corey

Corey Bastianelli BS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Personal Training Manager
The Works Family Health & Fitness Center
P: 603-742-2163 ext. 809
Corey.Bastianelli@wdhospital.com

 

Member Testimonial Shared by Doug B.

April 9, 2017

“It was the middle of February and I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Like many people I have struggled with my weight and food addiction for years.

I have held a membership at The Works for several years and have gone through periods of time when I came there regularly and a lot of times when I didn’t.

The evening of the February 13th by God’s grace I decided that tomorrow I would go to the gym. So I got up early in on the 14th. Packed up my gym bag and headed out.

My wife was a huge inspiration for me to get started. I added her to my membership last year and since September she had been going there daily.

She walks the track above the basketball courts. Even through her health issues she has been so faithful to go every day and says she feels stronger for doing it. So what was my excuse??

As I went in I was greeted by the young lady at the desk as she checked me in. There was no condemnation for not having been there in probably close to a year except to bring my grandson to the pool occasionally on Sundays.  I was welcomed as though I had always been going there!

The staff at The Works is awesome! Everyone treats you like you are important!!

As I entered on that day I decided to post a “check in” on Face Book. I thought I would make a little joke about showing up at the gym today. So on my “check in” I wrote, “Well here I go again, this makes one day in a row!” Some of my friends responded to that post by clicking the “like” button and writing positive comments.

That first day I did cardio only. I walked on the track for about 10 minutes and then walked on the treadmill for probably another 20 minutes. But I did it!! I made it there which is the biggest challenge for someone like me and perhaps for a lot of people.

…My experience at The Works is awesome!! I know there are other gyms that might be less expensive on the surface level; however, when you see the value that The Works brings there is no doubt that this is a much better deal. Comparing The Works to those $10 a month gyms is like comparing a Prius to a Cadillac there just is no comparison.

The Works offers so much that the other places can’t even compare to, like racquetball courts, tennis courts in the spring and summer, cardio and spinning classes and so much more!  My grandson loves the pool! I taught him how to swim there as I have been bringing him there since he was 3 years old, that was 6 years ago.

The staff there are all professional and extremely helpful! I go in at 5AM every day and I am now part of the early morning group of people who stand at the front door waiting for it to open. It’s amazing how fast you can make friends there and get to know the others who are on their own journeys as well.

I can’t recommend The Works enough to people. You have to see the whole facility to see the real value they bring!!

February 14th, 2018: One Year Anniversary Wrap Up

I can’t tell you how much better I feel! What it makes a difference it makes to exercise daily! I still have goals to meet with weight loss and nutrition but my daily exercise at the gym is a necessity! The staff at the Works is AWESOME!! And the others that go there are terrific too! It doesn’t take long to get to know the people there. I am part of the early morning crew who wait outside the door for 5AM to have the gym open.