June 2021 Volume 4 Issue 6

The Beede Center has been able to run smoothly over the previous 15 months in large part to our wonderful members. We thank you for all your cooperation with the necessary changes to keep everyone healthy while staying fit.
Ray Tripp celebrates making it to the homestretch of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
So dig out your Beede ID from whatever junk drawer or pocket you stashed it in - if you can’t remember or never received one, stop by the front desk.

Changes and modifications will roll out as the Town Manager’s office, the Board of Health and the Recreation Commission review federal, state and local policies. We are thrilled to report that everything has run smoothly and despite all the upheaval and changes, our goal remains the same: to help you meet your health and fitness goals in a safe, clean and friendly environment. 

  • June 1 - Tuesday - ID's required for check-in
  • June 7 - Monday - Summer Aquatics Session starts
  • June 12 - Saturday - Otters Swim Meet 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • June 14 - Monday - Summer Group Exercise Session starts
  • June 19 - Saturday - Juneteenth - Open normal hours

Still time to sign up for Summer programming!

  • Face Masks are optional
  • Non-vaccinated members/guests are encouraged to mask up
  • Lockers are available for day use
  • Showers are fully open
  • Green cones mark single lane use only
  • Pool deck cubbies are available
  • Swim belts, pull buoys and kickboards are available
  • Gray bins remain an option for members
  • All swim styles and snorkels allowed in all lanes
  • Guests are welcome with a $15 fee per day
  • Day Passes: $20 for adults, $30 for couple, $40 for families
  • 10-Visit passes available for $150 good for 3 months


Former Otters swimmer and currently swimming with Masters, our own Isabella Korbly will be traveling with current Masters Swim Coach, Gretchen Turner to Indiana to compete in the US Olympic Team Trials....what a fantastic accomplishment! Isabella, a newly minted Acton-Boxborough graduate, specializes in the 200 yard backstroke. A scholar and an athlete, Isabella will swim for her parents’ alma mater, Princeton University, this fall.

Once again we offer space to workout in the fresh air. Our tent will shelter you from the summer sun during Gentle Flow Yoga every Friday from
9:00am-10:00am, from June 18 to August 27. When not in use by classes, or trainers and their clients, members are welcome to workout outside.

Pick up your White Pond passes at the Hunt Gym, located at 90 Stow St., Concord. Hunt Gym is the brick building at the corner of Stow and Hubbard streets and next to the basketball courts.

White Pond membership has sold out and we do have a waiting list. You may enter your name on the waiting list through concordrec.myrec.com

Many thanks to the excellent book recommendation of member Lynne Keramaty, some of our staff has read “Exercised, Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding.”

Author Daniel E. Lieberman uses dry wit to answer such questions as: “Is Sitting the New Smoking?” “Were treadmills really invented as punishments?” “Can moderately fit humans outrun a squirrel?” A hippopotamus?” “Are humans the only species capable of throwing a ball overhand?’ “Is exercise even necessary?” and other questions you’ve likely been pondering for way too long. Lieberman, chair of Harvard University’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, offers something for everyone in his latest work. Stat lovers and anthropology nuts will be over the moon by chapter 2. An educational read disguised as fun, “Exercised” is available at the Concord Public Library, and other libraries in the Minuteman Library System

The physical perks of belonging to the Beede Center are obvious: improved physical health, strength, fitness and a barrier to disease prevention. All good. But there’s another bonus to going to a gym, which cannot be denied by even the most dedicated introvert. 

We staff have witnessed total strangers taking a fitness class beginning in September participating in Secret Santa celebrations come December. Last year Maryland transplant Pat Kreckel was greeted with a birthday parade by members of her water fitness class. All too frequently, staff are asked about the welfare of members who have been absent awhile. This is proof that working out inadvertently enhances vital social connections. But don’t rely solely on our examples. Following is data culled from recent global studies and medical journals: 
Benefits of socialization 

A 2012 study by the University of Minnesota discovered that young adults who exercise and socialize regularly reported better mental health than peers who didn't. In fact, according to the study's authors, some of the mental benefits associated with exercising may be due to the social aspect of exercise.
Professor Sebastien Chastin, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine at Glasgow Caledonian University, found that 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week decreases the risk of falling ill and dying of infectious diseases by 37 percent and a 2008 study determined that physical inactivity is responsible for more than five million premature deaths every year.
You are more likely to commit to an exercise routine if you’re meeting up with someone, according to Daniel E. Lieberman.

Pool space is often dedicated to programs and classes. However, with the rare exception of a swim meet, there will always be lanes to swim in. Our pool schedule is updated regularly and online . Many swimmers have found that bookmarking this site takes the mystery out of what is available and when. 

If you are flexible, the pool area mellows between 9:00am-3:00pm.

Good health takes place in the kitchen as well as the Beede Center. Here we offer a nutritious, delicious, textured and colorful meal ideal for steamy summer days.
Pasta often gets hammered in low-carb diets, but here is news that will keep some people happily slurping up spaghetti with a pasta bowl recipe. Research published in Frontiers in Nutrition revealed that noodle consumption in both children and adults is associated with better overall diet quality (as measured by USDA’s Healthy Eating Index 2001–2010 scale) and higher intakes of some key nutrients, including folate, magnesium and fiber.

In contrast to what many believe, consistent pasta consumption was not associated with weight gain in male adults and children and, in fact, in adult females was associated with reduced waist circumference. No differences were seen in total daily calories and sodium intake. Of course, you’ll get more out of your pasta if it’s made with whole grains and not drowned in a creamy sauce. Here, the shaped noodles are a delicious delivery system in place of rice for fiber-rich beans and other nutritional winners.
Pasta Bowl Recipe
4 oz whole-grain rotini pasta
4 cups baby spinach
1 can of black beans
1 small diced avocado
2/3 cup prepared frozen corn kernels
1 diced Roma tomato
1/3 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup jarred salsa of choice

Prepare pasta according to package directions in a pot of salted water. Drain well. Divide spinach among serving bowls and top each with an equal amount of pasta, beans, avocado, corn, tomato and red onion. Scatter on cheese and add dollops of salsa. Makes two servings.

Ingredient Breakdown
  • Spinach: What a nutrition powerhouse! In 2 cups of spinach, there are only 14 calories but 1.7 grams of protein, 1.3 g of fiber, vitamins K and A, and magnesium, iron, copper and riboflavin.
  • Black beans: Their full name? Black turtle beans! While they’re native to Mexico, today they’re grown mostly in India and Brazil. Packed with protein, black beans provide great value with a meaty texture.
  • Corn: Sweet corn is a gluten-free grain and, in its natural form, a whole grain. One medium ear of yellow sweet corn contains about 100 calories.

Did you know Donner and Blitzen are the German translations for Thunder and Lightning? And you thought they were just reindeer. On that little bit of (useless) trivia, we will reintroduce our weather-related closures. We will close all swimming areas upon the first sound of thunder or flash of lightning. They will remain closed an additional half hour after the last blast of thunder or bolt of lightning is recorded.
Thank you for understanding.
Congrats to all High School and College grads among us.

Stay Fit and Stay Healthy.