NEWPORT - The Center for Independent Living of Central PA will expand its fully accessible fitness center into Newport. The Newport office is scheduled to open in May, and will provide a fitness center as well as potential assistance services to the people of Mifflin, Juniata and Perry counties.
The facility, located in the old Newport Hotel, houses apartments for senior citizens. The new office will feature a fully accessible fitness center designed to meet the needs of both senior citizens and people with disabilities, according to a press release by CILCP.
"The fitness center will offer accessible equipment including a Magnum ADA Advantage Trainer with accessories," the release states. "This piece of equipment provides over 20 different exercise patterns to work the upper body muscles. It also has supportive back padding for individuals using a wheelchair."
Additionally, the release states a MOTOmed - a cycling machine for the arms and legs - also will be available, as well as boxing gloves and medicine balls.
"All equipment is designed for people with disabilities, even those who have no or limited feeling in their limbs," the release states.
The center also will integrate services from the "Living Well With a Disability" program, which is a free resource that connects individuals with any type of disability to a qualified "Living Well" specialist, according to the release. The specialist meets with the individual and assists the person in identifying
needs and goals to live well and developing a plan for
"We saw the need for an additional office and we are very excited that our consumers in Perry, Mifflin, and Juniata counties now have a place to go without having to travel to our Camp Hill location," CILCP Executive Director Theotis W. Braddy said in the release. "The location itself is also ideal as it's so close to our built-in customer base."
The fitness center and office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
CILCP serves disabled residents of Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, Mifflin and Juniata counties. It is a consumer-controlled, cross-disability organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities achieve and maintain independent lifestyles. For more information about the Newport office, call 731-1900.