PHFC Fish Fry - November 17 th
When : Saturday November 17
Time : 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where : The Griffin's House
1738 South Highway 17
Pomona Park
Food : Fried Fish, 2 Sides, Hush-puppies, Dessert, and Beverage
Donation : $10
Fish and Hush-puppies prepared by the Rotary Club of Crescent City

We need 12 volunteer servers to hand-out the platters. Baked Beans, Green Beans and desserts (no cup cakes) are also needed to make the Fish Fry a financial success for PHFC . If you want to volunteer or prepare sides or deserts, please contact Rhonda Walsh at 386-649-8784. For your convenience, there’s a sign-up sheet at the PHFC front desk.

Proceeds go directly to PHFC. So have a great meal and help PHFC at the same time. See you Saturday, November 17 th .
Massage Therapy at PHFC

Putnam Health & Fitness Center would like to introduce our new Licensed Massage Therapist, Charlene Judge. Charlene is a Putnam County native and well known by many of our members.

Session costs are: $65/per hour for PHFC members - $75/per hour for non-members.

Massage sessions are by appointment only. If you are interested, please see the front desk and sign-up.
Good Luck Raiders in the Playoffs!
Art, Crafts & Stuff Sale Success
The Putnam Health & Fitness Center’s Arts, Craft & Stuff Sale was a success, selling truckloads of trinkets and treasures. A portion of the $800 profit will be used to upgrade the front office and reception area. The remaining unsold items have been donated to Lee Conley Thrift Store, (LCTS).

Thanks to everyone who donated items or made purchases. A big thanks to Jane & Dave Grove, Bev St George, Pat Sheppard, Linda Meyer, Elaine Morey, Bob Trail, Ruth Essler, Rachel Hines, and Dave Donaldson who sorted and priced all the items. A big thanks to the PHFC staff who received and warehoused all the sale items prior to the sale.

Several of the sale visitors took the opportunity to tour the Fitness Center, were impressed, and promised to join. 
Group Exercise Schedule - Click Here
5K Fun Run/Walk Participation Doubles
The POP 5K Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by Putnam Health & Fitness Center, doubled this year in participants. There were over 80 contestants and 27 of those were either members of PHFC or families/friends of PHFC members.

Carole Martin, Brenda Masciulli, Cynthia Gravenor, and Pat Mead helped with the on-site registration. Additionally, John Winkler and the Crescent City High School Football Team manned the water stations and helped with parking. 5K organizer Elaine Edwards said, “I could not have done it without their help.”

The 5K portion of the month-long POP fundraising effort brought in $1680 and with PHFC donations, T-shirt, flamingo and raffle ticket sales, total proceeds were $2052. “ I think that’s pretty darn good,” said Elaine; and we agree!

All money raised will be donated to the Putnam First Cancer Fund to assist residents of Putnam County who have been diagnosed with cancer or who may need further diagnostic testing to determine the presence of cancer.  
Tis the Season for Giving
During the coming year, Putnam Health & Fitness Center will be working to improve the safety and security of the buildings and PHFC’s members. Our Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and fire extinguishers are nearing the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced. We need additional lighting for the parking lot and upgraded LED exterior lighting. These are just examples of the items on our safety and security ‘wish list.’ Click here to see the complete list and estimated costs.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, PHFC applies for grants to assist in funding major projects like our safety and security initiative. Each grant application asks for the percentage or dollar amount being contributed to the project by the organization and its members. That’s where we need your support.

If you wish to contribute funds to help PHFC purchase any of the items on the safety and security wish list or make a general donation, please visit Rhonda Walsh at the PHFC office or call her at 386-649-8784.

Remember, as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donation of materials, equipment or monetary gifts are tax deductible. In this season of giving, please remember PHFC.
Our Members Have Lost Over 250 Pounds!
Our PHFC members that have been consistently attending group exercise classes at the Fitness Center report they have collectively lost over 250 pounds! Many of our members have successfully lost 20+ pounds individually and have been able to maintain that weight loss through changes they have made in eating habits paired with regular exercise.

Some additional health benefits expressed to us by our members include:
  • “I can now ride by bike up a hill without difficulty”
  • “My doctor told me my numbers had greatly improved and to keep doing what I was doing”
  • “I can get through a group exercise class without having my COPD require me to stop and sit in a chair”
  • “I was unable to complete a stress test before coming to the fitness center. On my latest test, I completed the test easily and offered to continue as I was not tired.”
  • “Despite my COPD, my SilverSneakers workouts helped me walk half-way in the 5K Pink Out Putnam event.”
  • “The encouragement and friends I have developed in the exercise classes motivates me to consistently attend class.”

We congratulate these members for their consistency and determination to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. That’s what we are all about!
Coming in January
Ballet with Marcy Nejat
A great way to get the kids into routine exercise plus teach them coordination and balance. Thursday’s after school. Watch the December E-newsletter for details.

Qigong with Penelope (Penny) Klein
Penny returns for her second season teaching Qigong. Like Yoga, Qigong involves rhythmic movements, focused breathing and concentrated awareness. Qigong is used to relief stress, promote health, and relax the mind. Watch the December E-newsletter for details.
PHFC Holiday Schedule
  • November 12th – Veterans Day – 6:30 AM to 12 Noon *
  • November 22nd – Thanksgiving – Closed
  • November 23rd – 6:30 AM to 12 Noon *
  • December 24th – Christmas Eve – 6:30 AM to 12 Noon *
  • December 25th – Christmas Day – Closed
  • December 31st – New Year’s Eve – 6:30 AM to 12 Noon *
  • January 1st – New Year’s Day – Closed
* C heck with the group exercise instructor to see if there are classes on these days.  
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.

PHFC Fish Fry hosted by Jim & Shirley Griffin
Saturday, November 17th - Click here for details

Mark Your 2019 Calendar

PAL Co-Ed Winter Youth Basketball
January 7 thru February 28 - Registration now open - Click here for details

Hawg Wash BBQ Tailgate Fundraiser
Saturday, February 2 nd - Watch the PHFC e-Newsletter for more details

Putnam Classic Bodybuilding Competition
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - Watch the PHFC e-Newsletter for more details
A Guide to Processed Foods
What do bagged spinach, canned tuna, olive oil, granola bars and frozen burritos have in common? They all are processed foods. Yet, we have been inundated with warnings about the harmful effects of eating processed foods. In fact, these foods have been blamed for our nation’s obesity epidemic, high blood pressure rates and the rise of type 2 diabetes. Based on the examples above, however, you can see that processed foods are more than packaged ramen noodles, potato chips and drive-thru chicken nuggets.
This article helps you differentiate between the processed foods you should be cautious of and those that can play a role in a balanced, healthy diet.
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Putnam Health & Fitness Center
213 Perry St.,
Pomona Park, FL 32181
386-649-8784