Effective March 9, Saturday Hours 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Welcome Edgar PHFC’s New Personal Trainer
We welcome Edgar Dominguez to Putnam Health & Fitness Center as our new Personal Trainer. Edgar received his C.P.T. certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is new to personal training and very excited to start this new adventure with PHFC.

For a limited time, the cost per hour of personal training with Edgar is $45.00. As always, you must be a member of PHFC to utilize any optional services offered. The cost of personal training sessions is a separate charge from your monthly membership.
If you or someone you know is interested in a personal training session with Edgar or if you have any questions, please contact PHFC at: 386-649-8784.
5K Fun Run/Walk Off to a Great Start
The Putnam Health & Fitness Center’s 5K Fun Walk/Run to benefit Special Olympics Florida is off to a great start. Twenty-five 5K participants and volunteers have signed up. These businesses are among the first to pledge their support for this very worthwhile event.
  • McKinnon Furniture – Race Time Clock
  • South Putnam Church - Water Station
  • Walsh Logic - Trophy

The entry fee for the 5K is $20.00 and includes a tee-shirt for those who register by March 6 th. Registration opens at 8:00 AM on March 23 rd and the race begins at 8:30 AM.

If you cannot attend the 5K, you can still support the Special Olympics Florida, by purchasing a tee-shirt, helping obtain 5K sponsorship, or by participating in the basket drawing.  There will be a drawing for a basket that was put together by PHFC’s own Stephanie Sheridan. Suggested donations for the basket are $2.00 for one ticket and $5.00 for three tickets. Drawing will take place after the 5K. The basket is valued at $150.00 and includes a month’s membership to PHFC and a 1-hour massage from licensed massage therapist, Charlene Judge. Tickets for the basket are on sale at the PHFC front desk. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Florida.  

PHFC appreciates the support of the town of Pomona Park which will have EMS on site and the event will be kicked off by Mayor Joseph Svingala and the Special Olympics athletics. 
PHFC will have a team of walkers and encourages churches, clubs, organizations, and other businesses to get in the competitive spirit by rallying their own team and help raise funds for this worthy cause. Tangles Hair Salon and South Putnam Church are among the organizations that are putting together a team to run/walk. 

PHFC is seeking businesses and individuals to sponsor the 5K Fun Run/Walk or an aspect of the event. Click here for sponsor details. If you or your company should have questions about supporting the PHFC 5K Fun Run/Walk benefiting the Special Olympics Florida, please contact Rachel Hines @ 904.347.3398, Elaine Edwards @ 386.546.5497, or Rhonda Walsh, Executive Director of PHFC @ 386.649.8784.

PHFC Annual Golf Tournament - March 23 rd
The Putnam Health & Fitness Center (PHFC) is hosting its Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 23rd at The Oaks Golf Club located at 1264 CR 309 in Fruitland. All proceeds benefit the PHFC New Equipment Fund.

Early sponsors are Welaka Lodge & Resort – Gold Sponsor. Hole Sponsors include: ACE Hardware – Crescent City, Bank of America, Century 21 Triton Realty, Crescent City Termite, Herbie Wiles Insurance, McKinnon Home Furnishings, Palatka Flooring Center, Putnam County Courier Journal, and Walsh Logic.

The format is a Best Ball, 4-person Scramble. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with tee-off at 9:00. Breakfast buffet (8:00-9:00 a.m.) and gift bags are included in the $50 per person entry fee ($40 for Oaks Club members with cart). Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place teams and for closest to the pin for both Ladies and Men.
Please come out and join us and tell your golfing friends to enjoy a day of golf while supporting a worthy cause.

We encourage churches, clubs, organizations, and other businesses to get in the competitive spirit by entering their own golf team. Join us in supporting PHFC.

We are actively seeking hole sponsors and/or donations of giveaways and prizes from area businesses or individuals. Volunteers are needed to help recruit sponsors. If you are willing to help visit sponsors, please coordinate with Rhonda Walsh, so that we do not duplicate efforts. Click here to see the sponsorship opportunities.

We also need volunteers to help tournament day. If you would like to help, please contact Marty Tobin, Golf Chairman @ 386.968.8778 or Rhonda Walsh, Executive Director of PHFC @ 386.649.8784. 

For more information and entry forms click here or contact PHFC @ 386.649.8784 or The Oaks Golf Club @ 386.467.2512. 
Food and Diaper Drives End March 15 th

Our diaper and food drives are off to a fantastic start! It’s not too late to bring in your donated items. Both drives are continuing through March 15 th.

All proceeds going to the Christian Service Center and South Putnam Church Food Pantry.
Group Exercise Schedule - Click Here
Thank You Pomona Park
On February 21 st, Kelly Krupski, Treasurer & Clerk Assistant for the Town of Pomona Park, presented Rachel Hines, Putnam Health & Fitness Center member and avid pickleball player, a new pickleball net to be used at Mayor John C. Bergquist, Jr Park.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, weather permitting, from approximately 8:30 AM until 10:30 AM you can join the game of pickleball. No previous experience or equipment is needed.  The Pomona Park players encourage new players to join in the fun.

Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. It is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.
Thanks again to the Town of Pomona Park for their support of the locals enjoying the park and a game of pickleball.  
2019 PHFC Board of Directors
At the February Board of Directors meeting, the 2019 Putman Health & Fitness Center officers and directors were installed. Al Behrendt continues as Chairman and Marty Tobin takes over as President from Rachel Hines so that she can concentrate her efforts as Treasurer. Brian Walsh moves from Secretary to Vice President and new board member, Meghan Allmon is Secretary.

Dave Essler and Dr. Pat Harris will be serving their first term as a board member this year. Veteran board members, Bob Martin and Catherine Foerster round-out the balance of your PHFC Board of Directors.

The growth and successes we achieved in 2018 were, in large measure, the result of the strong backing by our members and support for our fundraising activities and our community outreach initiative. This month, we are hosting two important events; the 5K Fun Run/Walk benefiting Special Olympics Florida and the Annual PHFC Golf Tournament. We look forward to your continued support by your participation and helping the committees organizing each event.

If you have an interest in serving on the board, a committee or helping at an event, please contact PHFC Executive Director, Rhonda Walsh (386-649-8784).
Goings On at PHFC
Blood Pressure Screening
Provided by Azalea Health
Free Screening performed 9:00 - 11:00 AM the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

March 9 th - New Saturday Hours - 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

PHFC 5K Fun Run/Walk benefiting Special Olympics Florida - Putnam County
March 23 rd - See article above for details

PHFC Annual Golf Tournament
March 23 rd - See article above for details and entry form
Does Sleep Help You Lose Weight?
A growing body of research suggests that getting enough sleep leads to a wide range of health benefits, including weight loss. And though sleep has the potential to help people lose weight, not just any sleep will do. It’s important to get an adequate amount of deep sleep every night, as it is the most restorative, providing both mental and physical recovery benefits, which supports the weight-loss journey and well as maintain the weight-loss one the goal is achieved.

Most research indicates that less than 7 hours of sleep correlates with being heavier, gaining weight, risk of disease, cancer and struggling to lose weight. Other research suggests that 6.5 hours is a sweet spot and anything more increases inflammation, depression and mortality rates (Walker, 2017). Many experts believe that a range of six to eight hours or seven to nine hours is ideal for most people.
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