What can a Personal Trainer do for you?

Trinity College Sports Centre, Trinity College, Dublin, 10/7/2013 General view of Personal Trainers Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Contact a SPC Personal Fitness Trainer today and kick start your health for the summer.

Improve Your Overall Fitness.  The primary reason people hire a personal trainer is to get professional assistance to improve cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, endurance, posture, balance and coordination. A personal trainer will monitor your progress and fine-tune your program as you go, helping you set realistic goals along the way and determine safe training strategies, all while providing the encouragement you need.

Make it Sticky.  Sticking with well made plans is one of the biggest challenges people face. Qualified personal trainers can provide motivation for developing a lifestyle that places a high priority on health and activity. A personal trainer can help you brainstorm ways to overcome your biggest obstacles to exercise.

Focus on Your Unique Health Concerns.  A survey from the IDEA Health & Fitness Association shows that 50 percent of personal training clients have special medical needs, such as arthritis, diabetes or obesity. A personal trainer can help you with these or other issues, including low-back pain, rehabilitation from injury and pre/postnatal training. Your personal trainer can work with your physician, physical therapist or other health care provider to plan a safe, efficient program that will speed your recovery or enable you to reach your health goals.

Learn New Skills. Want to improve your tennis game, become an in-line skater, golf like a pro, better your weekend basketball game or get ready for a wilderness adventure vacation? An individualized program can improve your overall conditioning and develop the specific skills you need.

Contact a SPC Personal Fitness Trainer today and kick start your health for the summer.

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Swim Safety


Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But it’s important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water. The American Red Cross offers these important swimming safety tips you should be aware of before you head out to the pool or beach:

  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Maintain constant supervision.
  • Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
  • If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
  • Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them.
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Men’s Health Week: Guys, eat your fruits and vegetables.


“Eat your fruits and vegetables.” You’ve likely heard this statement since childhood. Research shows why it is good advice:

  • Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
  • Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.
  • Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling.

For more information, visit:  http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/fruitsvegetables/index.html

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Men’s Health Week: June 15-21, 2015


The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

By the numbers:

Health status

  • Percent of men 18 years and over in fair or poor health: 12.1%

Physical activity and alcohol use

  • Percent of men 18 years and over who met the 2008 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity through leisure-time aerobic activity: 53.8%
  • Percent of men 18 years and over who had 5 or more drinks in 1 day at least once in the past year: 30.9%


  • Percent of men 18 years and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 20.9% (2011-2013)


  • Percent of men 20 years and over who are obese: 34.6% (2009-2012)


  • Percent of men 20 years and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 31.6% (2009-2012)

Leading causes of death

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)


Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/mens-health.htm

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Heartsaver CPR/AED Certification Classes



HR-Wellness & Professional Development In partnership with the SPC Emergency Medical Services Program present:

American Heart Association: Heartsaver CPR/AED Classes



  • Learn how to respond to first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies in the classroom, in your office, and around campus.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with a certified instructor who will guide you through hands-on practice of lifesaving skills.
  • Successful participants will receive a certificate of Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.


Campus Date Time Room #
HEC Tuesday, June 9th 9:30am – 12:00pm 274-B
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Tuesday, June 16th 9:30am – 12:00pm AD-180
Clearwater Tuesday, June 23rd 9:30am – 12:00pm BT 206


  • Each class has 20 spaces available, so please pre-register to guarantee participation
  • Employees should receive supervisor approval to participate
  • Register through Skillport, SPC’s employee learning management system:
  1. 1. Log into MySPC
  2. Select Skillport from the bottom of the left “Main Menu”
  3. Click on the “Browse the Library” tab at the top
  5. Click on the course title, American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED
  6. Review the session schedule near the bottom – press the Details button on the left for more session information


  • Contact Dean Luke at 727-302-6555 in HR-Professional Development
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June is National Safety Month

sweaty guy

Summer Safety tips!

The best way to avoid a heat-related illness is to limit exposure outdoors during hot days. Air conditioning is the best way to cool off, according to the CDC. Also:

  • Drink more liquid than you think you need and avoid alcohol.
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat.
  • Replace salt lost from sweating by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks.
  • Avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest part of the day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wear sunscreen; sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself.
  • Pace yourself when you run or otherwise exert your body.

For more information, visit: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/faq.asp

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Healthy Family Fun Fest: Saturday, May 30th


Second “Annual Healthy Family Fun Fest” event Saturday, May 30th.

St. Petersburg College is a founding sponsor of the Pinellas Park Medical District along with the City of Pinellas Park and the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce.

The PPMD is having our second annual “Healthy Family Fun Fest” event this coming Saturday from 9:00am – 1:00pm at England Brother’s Park.

Last year’s inaugural event was very well attended by the community and we anticipate a great turnout again this year.  We are pleased to offer many exciting activities to the public including healthy eating cooking demonstrations, Zumba classes, martial arts demonstrations, hula-hoop contests, balancing competitions, bounce houses, music, giveaways, food trucks, and much more.  There will be activities for all ages as well as health and wellness education.

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Mindfulness at Work seminar @ Downtown & EpiTech Campuses June 2nd-3rd 12PM-1PM


SPC Wellness presents “Mindfulness at Work” seminar presented by SPC Wellness and Health Advocate.

What:   “Mindfulness at Work” seminar.

When:  Downtown:  Tuesday June 2nd 2015 12:00PM-1:00PM.

When:  EpiTech:  Wednesday June 3rd 2015 12:00PM-1:00PM.

Where:  Downtown: Room #DC-210.

Where:  EpiTech: Room #2-304.

Mindfulness is the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment.  This workshop reviews the principles and benefits of mindfulness.  It includes activities to help participants learn how to apply helpful, stress-reducing practices into their daily lives, benefiting both at the workplace and at home.



  • Each training will be documented in SkillPort for Professional Development Unit (PDUs) credit and will count toward this year’s 24 recommended hours for Career Service Employees.




Register through Skillport, SPC’s employee learning management system.


  1.  Log into MySPC.
  2. Select Skillport from the bottom of the left “Main Menu”.
  3. Click on the “Browse the Library” tab at the top.
  4. Select WELLNESS located under the SPC Professional Development Column.
  5. Click on TITLE OF CLASS.
  6. Review the session schedule near the bottom – (Press the Details button on the right for more session information).
  7. Press the “Enroll” button for the session you wish to attend – (You will also be prompted to add the session to your “Learning Plan” – this is recommended for ease of access to the class later if needed).
  8. You will receive an email from Skillport with confirmation of your enrollment, session information and an Outlook calendar attachment to conveniently add this training to your Outlook calendar.



  • For assistance with registration/Skillport, contact James Panagiotacos, 497-5040
  • For more information on our wellness programs, contact Mark-Anthony Bailey, Employee Wellness Coordinator 727-341-3083
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National Senior Health & Fitness Day



If You Keep Moving…You’ll Keep Improving!

100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 as we celebrate the 22nd annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day.

The common goal for this day: to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. Always set for the last Wednesday in May, National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for older adults.

Remember, no matter what your age, young or old, fitness is a key component in keeping our bodies in optimal condition.  Make sure you include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine.

For more information on National Senior Health & Fitness Day, visit http://www.fitnessday.com/

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Blood Drive at District Office & EpiTech May 21st


Donate Blood at St. Petersburg College on May 21st at the Bloodmobile.

The Blood Drives will be located at:

District Office from 9:30am -11:30am
EPI Tech from 1:00-3:00pm

All types are needed due to shortages. Your donation will be used
within three days in local children’s hospitals, cancer centers, and burn units.

To sign up, please email: Bailey.MarkAnthony@spcollege.edu

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