April 2017

Liberty Athletic Club Newsletter
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In This Issue

We are pleased to announce that we have upgraded our complimentary Wi-Fi system.  To keep up with the streaming demands of Netflix, Pandora, Hulu and other online services, we have replaced our old system with an enterprise level, top-end Wi-Fi.  This high-performance wireless is reachable from anywhere in the club and will optimize your Wi-Fi experience at Liberty. Surf the web, check your email or stream movies and music, all at top-notch speeds.
Please remember that the club is closed this Sunday, April 16th for Easter. Wishing you and your family a safe, wonderful holiday!

Best regards,
Liberty Athletic Club

After six years of the annual Transformation Challenge, 2017 saw a new look to Liberty's new year's challenge.  REVUP 2017, which stands for Recovery, Exercise, Variety and Unlimited Possibilities, took place from January 8th through March 4th.  With over 130 participants, this was Liberty's largest new year's challenge.
REVUP differed from past years' challenges by only having teams of two, instead of 4, and didn't use weight loss to determine a winner.  Instead, teams earned points each week by practicing healthy habits, such as getting 30 minutes of daily aerobic activity and 7 hours of nightly sleep.  The goals started out a little easier and became more challenging as the challenge progressed.  For every 8 goals a team achieved (there were 9 each week) a team received a raffle entry into the grand prize drawing at the end of the challenge. 

After 8 weeks of hard work, 46 teams earned more than half the possible points!  The raffle for the top three prizes took place on Monday, March 6th.  The three winning teams each faced their share of adversity in the past year and we couldn't be happier to award them with almost $1000 in cash prizes!  
Thanks to everyone who participated in REVUP 2017! We're certainly looking forward to an even better REVUP in 2018! 

Club Information
   Area Closures

Lagoon Pool -  Closed Monday, May 1
The Lagoon pool will be closed on May 1st for acid washing. This will improve the look and help with the maintenance of the pools. 

Group Fitness Studio & Basketball Court Floor Refinishing
Group Fitness Studio -  Closed May 1-3
(Available for use on May 4)

Basketball Court -  Closed May 3-8
(Available for use on May 9)

Personal Training Studio - Last Week of April
TBD-may be the last week of April 

   Reservations for Complimentary Youth Programs

We are pleased to announce that effective April 1st, free youth program reservations policies are changing.  Enrollment may be received in person, via phone, online and through the Liberty mobile app.  Free youth programs include: Shake-Rattle-Roll, Kid Fit, Tween Fit, and Family Yoga.

Reservations may be made up to six days in advance for any particular free youth program.  ONLINE reservations and cancellations will cease one hour prior to class, at which time the roster will be managed by the front desk.  We will no longer be able to provide a waitlist but should the class be full, we will accept stand-by reservations via phone or in person one hour prior to class.  Should space be available at time of class, members on the stand-by list will have priority. 
As a courtesy to all of our valued members, we ask that you continue to cancel your reservations so that other members may participate in these free youth programs.

Egg Hunt
An "Eggs"tra special time was had by all at Liberty's Annual Egg Hunt.  Our younger members enjoyed time with "Miss Bunny" who "hoppened" by. Thank you to all who attended and made the event a success.

Click here for club event photo galleries

Registration Open for Summer Day Camp!
Registration for Summer Day Camp is in high demand. On average we are approximately 80% full, and we can't guarantee space will be available as we get closer to summer.

Register by calling the Concierge at 734-665-3738 ext. 134 or contact Meaghan Kennedy, Camp & Youth Programs Director, at camp@libertyathletic.net or 734-665-3738 ext. 157.


Click here for Camp Brochure

Why Washing Vegetables & Fruit is Important      
From the desk of Susan Cutshaw, M.S.

Spring is here and with it comes an influx of fresh produce from warmer climates. It may be surprising but fresh produce can become contaminated during the journey from farm to table providing an environment for serious health problems.  Since the USDA's 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends incorporating a wide variety of vegetables and fruit into our diets, that's some serious exposure to possible bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Harmful bacteria can be present in soil or water where produce is grown or harvested. Contamination can also occur if healthy produce encounters contaminated produce during storage or preparation. Following safe handling practices can help prevent foodborne illness or food poisoning.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends:    
  • Buying produce that is not bruised or damaged
  • Wash cutting boards with soap and water, keeping separate cutting surfaces for produce and meat, seafood, and poultry.
  • Keep counter tops clean using soap and water
  • Use soap and water to wash hands prior to handling produce
  • Wash produce under running water whether it comes from the backyard garden, farmers market, or grocery store
  • Scrub produce that has thick skin, like melons and avocados, with a vegetable brush to reduce contamination during cutting and slicing.
  • Dry produce with paper towel or clean towel to reduce bacteria growth.
  • Buyer beware of produce that is already cut but not refrigerated
  • Produce like raspberries should be rinsed in a colander instead of soaking

University of Michigan Men's Tennis Team Visits Liberty

The University of Michigan Men's tennis team paid our aspiring young tennis player's a visit on March 20th during a group practice. A memorable and  fun time was had by all!

Help us help others!

During April, every 2 check-ins at Liberty Athletic Club provides 1 minute of therapy for an autistic child and their family. We're working with Causely and The Autism Site to make it happen. You can add #autismawareness when you check in. For more information about this month's charity, check out   http://theautismsite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/aut/home.

Registration for USTA Summer league teams now open!

Match play begins in May and continues through July. Please contact MaryBeth Putnam for more information if you are interested in joining a team.

Looking for a fun and friendly place to work? Join the Liberty Team!
We are now hiring for summer positions for those who are at least 16 years of age. Great benefits, including a free individual membership!
  • Camp Counselors
  • Head Swim Coach
  • Assistant Swim Coach
  • Lifeguards
  • Swim Instructors
If interested in employment at Liberty, please contact Kim Bonilla, Human Resources Manager at 734.665.3738 ext. 118 or at  kim.bonilla@libertyathletic.net. Or, please stop by the Club and obtain an application at the Front Desk.
Community Fitness Events   

2017 Girls on the Run 5k Event     
Sunday, May 21
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Venue: University of Michigan's North Campus
Location: Ann Arbor, MI 

Register online at www.girlsontherunsemi.org