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HCER can offer more swim classes by partnership with LifeCenter Plus

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: August 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Hudson -- Swimmers will have more chances to hit the pool, as Hudson Community Education and Recreation will offer classes at LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Center beginning after Labor Day.

HCER is partnering with LifeCenter Plus, 5133 Darrow Road, to provide the community more options for learn-to-swim classes, and at more convenient times.

A partnership had been talked about over the years, said LifeCenter Plus Aquatics Director Jennifer Larkin. When the idea was discussed again earlier this year, everyone joined forces.

"The idea [for another swimming location] came from getting feedbacks from our customers," said HCER Director Meredith Zaffrann. "They wanted more class offerings, better times and more comprehensive instruction."

Beginning Sept. 6, all HCER American Red Cross learn-to-swim classes will now take place at LifeCenter Plus instead of at the Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium at East Woods School. Membership is not required to participate in swim lessons at LifeCenter Plus.
"The hours are limited when we can be in the pool [at Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium], so where else in our community can we have the classes?" Zaffrann said.

LifeCenter is a great partner in the community, and HCER can have access all day long because it's not in a school building, she added.

"I think our customer will enjoy it," Zaffrann said.

LifeCenter Plus is upgrading some of its pool facilities, Larkin said.

"We're really excited about this opportunity and partnership to work with HCER," Larkin said. "We're adding more swimming classes to meet the needs of the community."

Although LifeCenter Plus has been part of the community for a long time, many people don't know about it or the size of the facility, she said.

"Change is never easy and we expect some hiccups," Larkin said. "But we hope it's a good fit for LifeCenter Plus, HCER and the community."

American Red Cross Learn to Swim Classes, from parent and child classes up to level 6, will now be offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings. Also, an additional time slot of Thursday morning is offered for Aqua Kids (parent/child class ages 6 months to 4 years) and Levels 1 and 2 swim lessons. More classes will be offered for each swim level.

Because of the change, the Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium at East Woods School will provide more open swim times (Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.) and continuing adult lap swimming, Monday-Friday 6 to 8 a.m., Monday/Wednesday/Friday, noon to 1 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
The Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium will remain the home of the Hudson HEAT competitive swim program. Additional collaboration between HCER and LifeCenter Plus will mean the LifeCenter's Stingrays competitive swim team program will be enveloped by the Hudson HEAT competitive swim program, more options for earlier practice times and the introduction of a new beginner competitive swim program called the Jr. HEAT.

The Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium will continue to be the home for spring board diving classes and memberships for lap swimming or open swims.

All fall HCER programs can be registered for online at www.hudson.k12.oh.us/hcer beginning Aug. 15.

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Phone: 330-541-9434

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Central Wellness to Host Health Fair and Expo

Jessica Koly Published March 8. 2016

HUDSON, OH (January 13, 2015) – Central Wellness, a health and wellness firm serving Northeast Ohio companies, will be hosting their third annual “Spring Into Good Health” Fair and Expo on March 31st at LifeCenter Plus in Hudson.

“We’re encouraging the individuals who are responsible for decisions affecting employee health to save the date of March 31st,” said Jennifer Stefanak, President. “We have many valuable, interactive vendors from the surrounding communities attending to promote health and wellness to their workplace and beyond.”

Exhibitors at the event will be offering free samples, giveaways and door prizes. Participants will receive a passport to encourage them to experience all the programs and activities. The health fair expo features a cooking demonstration from a chef who specializes in creating healthy meals, free massages and health screenings, wellness tips, as well as the opportunity to learn more about best practices for workplace and community wellness.

The fair will be held at LifeCenter Plus health and fitness facility from 11am to 2pm at 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson, Ohio. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP to reserve their place by calling 330-655-2377 x 137 or emailing Jerry@CentralWellnessOhio.com by March 18th.

Studies show that companies with successful worksite wellness programs experience lower healthcare costs, increased productivity, and decreased absenteeism due to illness and injury.

Run by experienced health and medical professionals, Central Wellness has many on-call registered nurses and certified health and fitness specialists who are trained in all aspects of corporate and community wellness. Central Wellness utilizes specifically designed programs in Health Risk Assessment technology that analyze screenings and health risk appraisal data.

About Central Wellness
Central Wellness helps companies in Northeast Ohio achieve lower health care costs and improve their employees’ health. They provide biometric screenings to identify health risk factors, develop programs to address risk factors and measure progress creating healthier workplaces. The organization is located at 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson, Ohio. For more information call 330-655-2377 x 137 or email Jerry@CentralWellnessOhio.com or visit www.CentralWellnessOhio.com.

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jkoly@lifecenterplus.com
330-655-2377 ext 113

 


LifeCenter Plus unviels newly renovated indoor cycling studio SCLB

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published: September 6, 2015 12:00AM

Hudson -- LifeCenter Plus, 5133 Darrow Road, recently unveiled its newly renovated indoor cycling studio, which features spinning bikes, walls adorned with athletic art and lighting designed to set the mood for pedaling.

"Due to the recent expansion of Akron Children's Hospital within LifeCenter Plus, a new cycling studio and cardio studio were created for our members," Jessica Koly, director of marketing for LifeCenter Plus, said. "The newly renovated studios have truly given LifeCenter Plus' members and guests the opportunity to experience boutique-like studios within the four walls of our fitness center. Our club is the only one in the area that offers separate studios for each format."

Koly added "at LifeCenter Plus, we always like to remain on top of what is trending in the health and fitness industry."

"With the eagerness of our research-oriented staff and steady flow of student interns from the local universities, our club is constantly evolving," Koly said "In the past two years, LifeCenter Plus has welcomed kettlebells and TRX and we are now excited to debut ViPR training on Sept. 1."

According to Koly, the newly renovated indoor cycling studio features 24 spinning bikes and an instructor bike located on a raised stage.

"Dimmed blue lighting compliments the recycled bike wheel wall art and a professionally installed sound system keeps riders motivated and working to the cadence of the music," Koly said.

The new cardio room features six treadmills and eight ellipticals which are equipped with personal televisions, Koly said. Four TV's and a large projected screen are on the front wall while improved lighting and new fans keep the room circulating with air.

"We have made an investment in the future of LifeCenter Plus, where members will find a program that fits their interests, lifestyle and schedule. From group exercise to personal training, to fun and fit youth programs, we offer activities that the entire family will enjoy," Jerry Lynch, president and co-owner of LifeCenter Plus, said. "We have accomplished a lot since taking over ownership in 2011."

To showcase the new cycling studio, LifeCenter Plus will offer bike memberships this fall for outdoor cyclists which allow riders to keep the miles going inside through the winter months.

"While yoga, barre and cycling studios are available in surrounding areas, LifeCenter Plus offers these formats and more for one membership fee," Koly said. "This allows our members to be not only cost-efficient but time-efficient when coming in for their workouts."

Adding to the programs offered at LifeCenter Plus are newly expanded hours and services by Akron Children's Hospital for its sport rehabilitation program at the fitness center.

Appointments are now available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The hospital has gradually increased appointments and services offered at LifeCenter Plus since opening at the location in 2014.

"We now have our own room, and are offering a full PT clinic," Lori Ross, an Akron Children's therapist said. "We treat children ages 10 and older, as well as young adults, who have injuries affecting their participation in sports and exercise. We use evidence-based practices to design an individual treatment plan for each athlete with goals ranging from a quick, safe return to play, performance enhancement or prevention of future injuries."

LifeCenter Plus also is home of Akron Children's 3-D Sports Performance and Training Analysis service, which helps athletes prevent injuries or get back to their sport.

"We are excited about our clinic in Hudson and know parents love the convenience of being close to home," Ross said. "Our Hudson clinic has everything we have at our main campus - post-injury physical therapy and injury prevention programs, pilates mat and reformer training and treatment, and manual therapy, including mobilizations and Graston Technique."

A physician referral is needed for an appointment and LifeCenter Plus is offering parents "while you wait" guest passes, as well a post-therapy medical memberships for the patient plus one adult.

For additional information call LifeCenter Plus at 330-653-2377.

To make an appointment with Akron Children's at LifeCenter Plus call 330-342-9021.

Email: ttroglen@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9435

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Synchro Mermaids Make A Big Splash For Debut Performance

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- More than 75 people enjoyed the debut of the Synchro Mermaids' synchronized swimming performance Aug. 3 at LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Center in Hudson.

The team's 12 members are from Hudson, Stow and Tallmadge and include Ella Boicey, 7; Emma Boicey, 10; Jordan Gallegos, 10; Sydney Gallegos, 7; Alicia Gedeon, 5; Isabelle Hall, 13; Cecelia Lattime, 7; Madeline Ludwig, 8; Peyton Ludwig, 5; Anna Marie Perez, 5; Maria Theresa Perez, 8; and Mary Bridget Perez, 12.

Anyone interested in participating, should contact Jennifer Larkin, the aquatics director at LifeCenter Plus.

The next Synchro Mermaids class will start early October and end with a holiday show in mid-December, according to Head Coach of In Sync, the adult synchronized swimming team and founder of Synchro Mermaids, Kathleen Richards, 68, who is "passing the torch" to Larkin.

"I think my current management team of Lisa Petrosky, Trudy Painting and I will be doing synchro well into our 80s, but there is a point in time when the younger generation needs to be in charge," Richards said. "And Jennifer is my link to the future for the next generation."

Girls must be Red Cross Level 3 or above in order to be on the team.

"We encourage the mothers to continue the girls' swim lessons and move them to Level 4, Level 5, and on up," Richards said. "The stronger swimmers become our strongest synchro stars."

"Next summer will be a bigger show than this year with both 'In Sync' and 'Synchro Mermaids,'" Richards said. Both teams will perform several large team routines, and the finale will include both teams, Richards said. The show will be in late July or early August 2016. It will be our 10th Annual Show and the name of the show will be 'Water Colors.'"

This year's show opened with a flag dance to the "Star Spangled Banner" on the deck by Richards.

The Synchro Mermaids wore matching caps and carried fake lollipops in their performance to "Lollipop" and used sunflower props and big orange inner tubes for their "Walking on Sunshine" performance.

In addition to the Synchro Mermaids, Richards performed a solo to "Dancing Queen" and the trio of Richards, Larkin and Petrosky with Painting on deck performed to "She's a Rainbow."

Painting choreographed the routine to "She's a Rainbow" and Richards choreographed the other routines which must be synchronized to the music. Petrosky designed the costumes for the show.

LifeCenter Plus is located at 5133 Darrow Road in Hudson. For more information, call 330-655-2377.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

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LifeCenter Plus In Hudson Unveils Renovations

Jessica Koly Published: August 18, 2015 11:08AM

HUDSON, OHIO (August 18, 2015) – LifeCenter Plus unveiled new renovations this month which ature a new cycling studio and a new cardio studio. The redesigned studios are an additional benefit of Akron Children’s recent expansion within LifeCenter Plus.

The newly renovated indoor cycling studio features 24 Spinning bikes and an instructor bike located on a raised stage. Dimmed blue lighting compliments the recycled bike wheel wal art and a professionally installed sound system keeps riders motivated and working to the cadence of the music.

The new state-of-the-art cardio room features six treadmills and eight ellipticals which are equipped with personal televisions. Four TV’s and a large projected screen are located on the front wall. Improved lighting and new fans keep the room circulating with air and will make your cardio workout more effective and dare we say fun.

“We have made an investment in the future of LifeCenter Plus, where members will find a program that fits their interests, lifestyle and schedule. From group exercise to personal training, to fun and fit youth programs, we offer activities that the entire family will enjoy,” said Jerry Lynch, President and co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “We have accomplished a lot since taking over ownership in 2011.”

To showcase the new cycling studio, LifeCenter Plus will be offering Bike Memberships this fall for outdoor cyclists which allow riders to keep the miles going inside through the winter months. Discounted bike memberships are available through the end of August.

Memberships at LifeCenter Plus are available as an individual or family. Each membership includes access to over 100 classes weekly which include Spinning, Yoga, Barre, TRX®, Zumba and more! To find out more about affordable memberships, call 330-655-2377 x 130.

About LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club
A premier health and fitness facility, LifeCenter Plus has served the Hudson, Stow and surrounding communities since 1978. The 103,000-square foot multi-purpose facility is a full-service, four-season health and fitness club with five swimming pools. The family friendly facility features racquetball courts, a yoga studio, two Pilates' studios, a Spinning® room, TRX® full body resistance training, and much more. For more information, call 330-655-2377 extension 130 or visit the website at www.LifeCenterPlus.com.


Akron Children’s expands sports rehab hours, services in Hudson

07-30-2015

Akron Children’s now has expanded hours and exclusive space for its sport rehabilitation program in Hudson at LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Center.

Akron Children’s, the only pediatric-focused sports rehabilitation program in Northeast Ohio, will now have appointments available at LifeCenter Plus Monday through Friday.

Since coming to LifeCenter Plus in November, 2014, Akron Children’s has gradually added appointment slots and services.

“We now have our own room, and are offering a full PT clinic,” said physical therapist Lori Ross. “We treat children ages 10 and older, as well as young adults, who have injuries affecting their participation in sports and exercise. We use evidence-based practices to design an individual treatment plan for each athlete with goals ranging from a quick, safe return to play, performance enhancement or prevention of future injuries.”

In addition, the Hudson site has become home for Akron Children’s 3-D Sports Performance and Training Analysis service to help athletes prevent injuries or get back in the game. This service is offered as an out-of-pocket package for performance-based needs or billed through insurance if the athlete is a current Akron Children’s PT patient.

After sports-trained physical therapists obtain a thorough medical history and perform a musculoskeletal screen with functional activity assessment on the athlete, he or she will be video recorded performing sport-specific activities in a natural environment. With the assistance of an experienced, sport-focused biomechanist, the athlete’s movement are then analyzed for inefficiencies and compared to collective performance data. Areas of improvement will be identified and a complete, personalized training and conditioning program will then be developed.

“We are excited about our clinic in Hudson and know parents love the convenience of being close to home,” said Ross. “Our Hudson clinic has everything we have at our main campus – post-injury physical therapy and injury prevention programs, pilates mat and reformer training and treatment, and manual therapy, including mobilizations and Graston Technique®. A physician referral is needed for an appointment.

LifeCenter Plus is offering parents “while you wait” guest passes, as well a post-therapy medical memberships for the patient plus one adult.

Akron Children’s sports medicine team provides sideline medical coverage Hudson middle school and high school sporting events.

Akron Children’s at LifeCenter Plus is located at 5133 Darrow Road. To make an appointment, call 330-342-9021.


GIRLS' SYNCHRONIZED SWIM TEAM DEBUTS AT AUG. 3 SHOW

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: August 2, 2015 12:00AM

Hudson -- Residents can cheer a group of girls performing synchronized swimming routines reminiscent of Esther Williams.

The free Synchronized Swim Show is Aug. 3 at 6:15 p.m. at the LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Center located at 5133 Darrow Road in Hudson.

The show features performances by the Synchro Mermaids (children) and In Sync (adult) synchronized swim teams.

The adult coach, Kathleen Richards, asked LCP aquatics director Jennifer Larkin to help coach the girls team, and with help from other members of In Sync, the girls are ready to perform for the public. The Synchro Mermaids has 12 girls from ages 5 through 14 and will show off their skills in two routines.

The show opens with a flag dance to the "Star Spangled Banner" on the deck. The girls wear matching caps and carry fake lollipops in their performance of "Lollipop, lollipop" and use sunflower props and big orange and yellow inner tubes for their second performance.

In addition to the Synchro Mermaids, the In Sync adult team will perform, Richards will perform a solo and a trio will perform a routine.

Richards, 68, said she would like to leave a legacy to the younger swimmers and members of both teams.

"Since Esther Williams death in 2013, I have always felt like it was my job to carry on Esther's legacy, this Olympic sport," Richards said.

Richards admits she didn't have speed as a swimmer but had good form, which is needed for diving and synchronized swimming.

Others taught her the skills, and she became a choreographer in high school. At Kent State University she was one of 30 women on the Sharks Team, and she was president of the Sharks Club.

"I have a background of performance but never did competitive synchronized swimming," Richards said.

Ten years ago when Richards learned about an adult synchronized swimming team in Hudson founded by Betty Buckles, a 1956 national synchro champion, she joined and took over after Buckles died.

"Betty was competitive and technical, but I was queen of performance," she said. "We made a great team."

It takes eight women to help make the Synchro Mermaids' show happen, but they want to highlight the hard work of the girls and encourage others to join, Richards said.

"Lisa Petrosky makes unbelievable costumes," Richards said. "And I couldn't do my job without Assistant Coach Trudy Painting. She's my right arm."

The adult team has 11 members representing every generation.

"We are always looking for new members," Richards said.

Those interested in synchronized swimming need to be strong swimmers, Richards said.

"It looks pretty and nice, but it's difficult with a lot of core strength needed," she said.

Besides knowing the fundamental strokes of swimming, graceful movements transfer the swimmer from one end to the other and stunts like somersaults round out the routines.

"We all feel like mermaids in the water, but we're working out really hard," Richards said. "When we're done with class, I'm really tired, but I want to be tired. You think this stuff is easy, but it's an Olympic sport."


Central Wellness Hosts Second Annual Summer Blast July 18

Posted on June 30, 2015 | By admin

Health and Wellness Firm Invites Companies and Individuals to Compete in Athletic Field Events and Later Enjoy a Relaxed Pool Party Atmosphere

Central Wellness Invites Everyone to the Second Annual Summer Blast on July 18

HUDSON, OHIO (June 30, 2015) – Central Wellness will host the second annual Summer Blast “Viva La Fiesta” event with field day games and challenges, a lunch, and pool party with lots of opportunity for fun on Saturday, July 18, from 10 am to 7 pm.
“Corporations, individual members, their guests, employees from local corporations and individuals from the surrounding communities are invited to our annual Summer Blast event,” said Jerry Lynch, CEO of Central Wellness. “Our second annual Summer Blast involves everyone in a fun competition. This is a client appreciation event for our current clients and also allows other companies to meet the Central Wellness team in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.”

In the morning, various fun field day activities are planned for those 18 years of age and older and at all skill levels of competition. Some of the field day events include an obstacle course/relay, volleyball games, tug-o-war, water balloon toss, dizzy bat and gumball relay. “You don’t have to be an elite athlete to participate and have fun,” said Lynch. “We will have something for everyone.”

The Summer Blast will be held at 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson, Ohio at the LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Facility. From 10 to noon, teams will compete in a morning of activities, where prizes for the winning team and best dressed will be awarded. In keeping with the “Viva La Fiesta” theme, lunch will be catered by Moe’s Southwest Grill from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. In the afternoon, the events move into the outdoor pool area. Pool passes will be provided for participants to relax at the pool, play adult pong or corn hole, lay out on the sun deck, and enjoy the music, drinks and refreshments from 1:30 to 7 pm.

Everyone is invited to participate in Summer Blast. Childcare will be provided for school age children. You may come as an individual, a couple or sign up as team of up to eight members. Teams are forming now. Call 330-655-2377, extension 137 to register. More information is also available at the LifeCenter Plus front desk.

About Central Wellness
Central Wellness helps companies lower their health care costs by implementing initial assessments, targeting risk factors and providing programs to decrease these risk factors. Their programs help inform and motive employees as well as provide measurement tools to monitor progress. For more information, visit www.CentralWellnessOhio.com or call 330-655-2377 x 137.


OUTDOOR VOLLEYBALL COURTS COMING TO LIFECENTER PLUS IN HUDSON

By Dorothy markulis | reporter Published: June 14, 2015 12:00AM

Hudson -- Two outdoor sand volleyball courts will soon be coming to LifeCenter Plus on Darrow Road.

The Planning Commission approved the conditional use request at its June 8 meeting in spite of nearby resident complaints concerning potential noise problems.

Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus said the 6,000-square-foot sand surface courts would be located at the southwest corner of the facility.

He told the commission the courts would be used for volleyball leagues, lessons and clinics.

Sodalite Drive resident Jim Mills, who said his property was adjacent to the outdoor swimming pool, expressed concerns with noise and lighting.

Ray Romito, who also lives on Sodalite Drive, said he agreed with Mills.

"I share Jim's concerns. At 5:30 a.m. the guy's (exercise leader) is barking out commands. It's like having an elementary school next door with continuous recess," Romito told the commission.

Romito said he was concerned with lighting and the excessive noise.

"Volleyball makes a lot of noise," he said.

He asked the commission to consider the impact of the courts on the people living in the area.

"It doesn't do anything for our quality of life," he concluded.

Lisa Sabol, also a resident of Sodalite Drive, echoed her neighbors complaints but stated there had been an improvement in noise levels since the facility had new owners.

"We don't want to have a bad relationship with our neighbors," Lynch said. "I'll work with the neighbors. I'll do my best."

Lynch said many of the residents' complaints stem from the previous ownership.

The commission approved the conditional use and site plan unanimously with the exception of Jennifer Barone, who was absent.

Email: dmarkulis@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9436


Central Wellness Promotes Two to Support Growth

UPublish story by Chris Brown Published: June 12, 2015 - 11:44 AM

HUDSON, OHIO (June 10, 2015) – Central Wellness, one of the leading corporate wellness service providers in Ohio, recently promoted two employees into higher levels of responsibility to support the growth of the company.

Jennifer Stefanak was promoted President and Jerry Guerriero was promoted to Vice President, Operations.

“These promotions match the increasing levels of responsibility and recognize the hard work and abilities of both Jennifer and Jerry in their roles at Central Wellness,” said Jerry Lynch, CEO of Central Wellness. “They bring significant education and experience to Central Wellness and offer companies the opportunity to lower their health care costs while improving the level of health and fitness of their employees.”

Stefanak and Guerriero both hold Masters Degrees in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University. As a result of their work with companies and organizations though Central Wellness, they have created proven wellness programs that have resulted in significant changes in the employees at their client companies.

“I’m very encouraged about the series of changes that are happening at our client companies,” said Lynch. “Lowered health care costs. Reduced health risk factors. Less reliance on long term medications for high blood pressure and diabetes. We are seeing that our lifestyle interventions, nutrition tools, and fitness programs are creating an exciting reversal in the health epidemic that has seized our country in recent years.”

Central Wellness is unique among wellness service providers because the firm helps their clients to lower health care costs while improving employees’ health and productivity. Proven results include lowering health risk factors which has led to lower health care costs and happier healthier employees.

Among their recent clients are a large school system in Summit County, several manufacturing firms in Northeast Ohio, and a large Northeast Ohio medical center.
About Central Wellness

Central Wellness helps companies lower their health care costs by implementing initial assessments, targeting risk factors and providing programs to decrease these risk factors. Their programs help inform and motive employees as well as provide measurement tools to monitor progress. For more information, visit www.CentralWellnessOhio.com or call 330-655-2377 x 137.


LifeCenter Plus Yoga Studio Selected
Best Yoga Studio in Greater Akron Area

HUDSON, OHIO (March 11, 2015) – The yoga studio located in LifeCenter Plus, one of Northeast Ohio’s premier health and fitness facilities, has been chosen ”Beacon’s Best” for 2014, beating Yoga Lounge & Barre, Yoga Bliss, One Love Yoga, and Summa Wellness Institute, among others. 

Every year the Akron Beacon Journal distributes a list of the best businesses and area attractions in seven main categories to their readership. More than 163,000 overall votes were cast for more than 6000 businesses during January 2015 in the Beacon’s Best contest. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the Beacon’s Best award is a testimony to all the ways local businesses enrich the Greater Akron community.

“We were thrilled that LifeCenter Plus was voted #1 yoga studio in the Greater Akron area,” said Jerry Lynch, President and co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “Three years ago we remodeled our yoga studio and program. We are very excited that the changes have been recognized.”

LifeCenter Plus has 11 Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT), which means they have had extensive training in yoga philosophy, asana alignment, modifications and assisting as well as meditation and pranayama. This certification, from the Yoga Alliance, ranges from a minimum of 200 hours to 500 hours.

The second floor yoga studio features variable climate control for heated yoga, black ceiling, adjustable lighting, yoga-centered decor, three fans, as well as yoga blocks, straps, and blankets,

Yoga classes range from Gentle and Restorative yoga to Vinyasa and heated Power Vinyasa, and even kids' yoga, to accommodate all members’ needs and abilities. Classes on the Mind/Body schedule are included with membership. LifeCenter Plus offers specialty classes and workshops throughout the year such as Couples Yoga, Hip and Heart Openers, Yoga for Runners and Cyclists and even Flow and Glow yoga. Depending upon the class and participants, classes may be held outdoors on the rooftop sundeck as weather allows. Each year LifeCenter Plus Participates in National Yoga Summer Solstice Event by inviting the community to join in celebrating the first day of summer with yoga on the very spacious rooftop sun deck, where attendees perform 108 Sun Salutations.

Individuals can join LifeCenter Plus as a regular club member, or choose a special Yoga Membership that offers access to the mind/body schedule. There are 19 yoga specific classes and the mind/body schedule features a total of 44 mind/body classes each week, including Yoga, Barre, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Mat and Reformer Pilates. All of these classes, with the exception of Reformer Pilates, are included with membership at LifeCenter Plus. To find out more about this affordable membership, call 330-655-2377 x 130.


LifeCenter Plus Introduces Soft Touch Muscle Therapy for Athletes and Weekend Warriors

HUDSON OHIO (July 29, 2014) – LifeCenter Plus has recently added the soft touch therapeutic services to help injured athletes and those with painful musculoskeletal injuries.

“Paul Bacho’s soft touch therapeutic technique can make a significant difference to athletes who are dealing with an injury,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “Sometimes people wait to seek help after an injury. They hope the pain will go away on its own. Getting early treatment with soft touch therapy can help an athlete heal quicker and prevent scar tissue forming.”

Bacho has perfected a soft tissue technique that releases muscle pain and improves blood flow to the tissue. Unlike some trigger point massage techniques that can be painful, soft touch doesn’t hurt. With his gentle, hands-on technique, he uses a push-pull motion to help treat painful musculoskeletal ailments of injured athletes and those with chronic pain symptoms.

“Soft touch therapy signals the tissue to realign into its natural position,” said Bacho. “The therapy is a gentle pressure administered directly on the skin or through clothing. People are amazed how much better they feel almost immediately. I’ve helped all ages, from children to the very senior citizens.”

An avid cyclist and certified athletic trainer, Bacho holds a Bachelors degree in physical education from Kent State University and a Masters degree from Western Michigan University specializing in athletic training and sports medicine. His therapies are based on the NeuroStructural Integration Technique (NST), which was developed by Dr. Michael Nixon-Livy, who based NST on the work of Australian osteopath Tom Bowen. Further research and experience led him to Gene Dobkins’ Neural Touch.

“Integrating Neural Touch techniques with NST has given me tools that are much more effective than the painful deep tissue work I used to do,” he said. “Clients are delighted with the results. And best of all, it’s almost completely pain-free for the athlete.”

Typical runner injuries might be lower back, hip, shin, knee, foot or hamstring, while most swimming injuries are in the shoulders and upper back. Cyclists might find that they are experiencing pain in their shoulder, hand, low back or knee. To schedule a session at LifeCenter Plus, call 330-655-2377 at the front desk. For more information about Paul Bacho and his treatments, call 330-815-5825.

LifeCenter Plus In Sync Team to Present
Synchronized Swimming Show on August 2

HUDSON, OHIO (July 22, 2014) – In Sync, the synchronized swimming team, will present “A Splash of Colour” on Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7 p.m., at LifeCenter Plus, 5133 Darrow Rd., Hudson. The event is free and open to the public.

The choreographed In Sync show features floating kick lines, geometric patterns, and flowerlike formations, researched and engineered by Coach Kathleen Richards. Costume Designer Lisa Petrosky developed colorful aquatic wardrobes and recruited the team to help with the finishing touches.

“Our In Sync team has pulled together to create a captivating program,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “We hope that everyone will come to experience the beautiful and amazing swim routines. Many hours of practice and preparation has gone into this creative production.”

During this season’s performance, the Synchro Mermaids team of girls, ages 7 to 14 years old, will make their debut to perform to “Sunshine Lollipop” and will also join the In Sync women for their final number.

In 2011, the In Sync synchronized swimming team at LifeCenter was featured in Oprah’s O magazine and this year celebrates their seventh anniversary. The group was inspired by Esther Williams, a swimming movie star from the 1940’s and 50’s, known as the Million Dollar Mermaid, who enchanted the world with her aquatic grace.

The group’s mission is to promote the spirit, health, and well-being of women through synchronized swimming and this is achieved through their passion and pursuit of “water ballet.” Today synchronized swimming has taken on a new energy as a competitive Olympic sport.

“It’s a Wonderful World” and “Walking on Sunshine” are just two of the musical selections being performed. Rain date is set for Sunday, August 3, 2014. For additional information, call 330-655-2377.


Mary Bridget Perez (left) and Maria Theresa Perez, both of Hudson, are part of the Synchro Mermaids making their debut at the In Sync performance "A Splash of Colour" to be performed at the pools at LifeCenter Plus on August 2 at 7 pm. The show is free and the public is invited.


LifeCenter Plus Hosts First Annual Summer Blast July 12

Fitness Facility Invites Public to Compete in Fun Field Events and Enjoy the Pools


HUDSON, OHIO (June 5, 2014) – LifeCenter Plus will host the first annual Summer Blast event with field day games and challenges, a lunch and learn, pool party, live entertainment, dinner, drinks and lots of opportunity for fun on Saturday, July 12, from 10:30 am to 11 pm.

“Members, their guests, employees from local corporations and individuals from the surrounding communities are invited to our first annual Summer Blast event,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “This event will involve everyone in a fun competition including members, their guests, and employees of local corporations. The event will allow them to see what LifeCenter has to offer, and offer a way for the public who haven't been to LifeCenter to come in, tour the facility, meet our staff, and experience the friendly culture here at LifeCenter Plus.”

In the morning various fun field day activities are planned for those 18 years of age and older and at all skill levels of competition. Some of the field day events include an obstacle course/relay, volleyball games, tug-o-war, adult pong, corn hole, water balloon toss, dizzy bat and gumball relay. “You don't have to be an elite athlete to participate and have fun,” said Lynch. “We will have something for everyone.”

Following the field day events, lunch will be provided by Dontatos. Assessments will be provided by Central Wellness that include blood pressure, percent body fat, and BMI. LifeCenter staff will be available to informally answer questions about health and wellness. At 2 – 6 pm pool passes will be provided so participants can relax at the pool, lay out on the sun deck, and experience the fun at LifeCenter Plus.

In the evening, participants will enjoy live entertainment, dinner and drinks at the pool from 7 to 11 pm. Everyone is invited to Summer Blast. You may come as an individual, a couple or sign up as team with up to six members. Teams are forming now. Call 330-655-2377 extension 113 to register. There will be a special recognition for those who register early. Proceeds will benefit the Akron/Canton Food Bank.

About LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club

A premier health and fitness facility, LifeCenter Plus has served the Hudson, Stow and surrounding communities since 1978. The 103,000-square foot multi-purpose facility is a full-service, four-season health and fitness club with five swimming pools. The family friendly facility features racquetball courts, a yoga studio, two Pilates' studios, a Spinning® room and much more. For more information, call 330-655-2377 or visit the website at www.LifeCenterPlus.com.


LifeCenter Plus Introduces New SilverSneakers® Program

Premier Fitness Facility Now Offers New SilverSneakers Yoga and Aquatics Classes

HUDSON, OHIO (May 20, 2014) – LifeCenter Plus, one of the premier fitness facilities in Northeast Ohio, has teamed up with Healthways® to provide their SilverSneakers® membership program, a special membership at no additional charge for those who qualify.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this program that focuses on balance, strength, and flexibility,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “By offering this new SilverSneakers program, we provide those who qualify with a way to stay fit, maintain their mobility as they grow older and connect with friends in a friendly club atmosphere.”

The free SilverSneakers membership may be available for those eligible for Medicare who have a health care plan that offers this membership program as part of their health care benefits. For those that meet the SilverSneakers qualifications, LifeCenter Plus will offer the new SilverSneakers Splash and SilverSneakers Yoga classes, in addition to offering traditional SilverSneakers Classic, Circuit and Cardio group exercise classes.

The SilverSneakers Yoga® class is offered with chair support and is especially designed to increase strength, flexibility, balance and range of motion. As an older adult water exercise program, SilverSneakers Splash® is designed to enhance quality of life and daily function. SilverSneaker members will have access to LifeCenter Plus as a basic club membership and additional services outside of the free SilverSneakers membership privileges will require additional out-of-pocket costs.

Eleven different health plans in Ohio participate in the SilverSneakers program, according to the SilverSneakers website.

To find out more, visit the club located between Terex Road and Norton Road on Route 91 at 5133 Darrow Road in Hudson. Bring your SilverSneakers Member ID card or your health plan ID card for a tour and find out if your specific medical plan is eligible.

About SilverSneakers

Healthways SilverSneakers is an innovative fitness program offered through participating health plans to give people the freedom to get fit their way. It is designed to keep older adults healthy, reduce health-related risks and optimize care for those with chronic illness. Offered as a benefit from participating Medicare health plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans, SilverSneakers is available at no additional cost to members. See more info at www.silversneakers.com.

About LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club

A premier health and fitness facility, LifeCenter Plus has served the Hudson, Stow and surrounding communities since 1978. The 103,000-square foot multi-purpose facility is a full-service, four-season health and fitness club with five swimming pools. The family friendly facility features racquetball courts, a yoga studio, two Pilates studios, a Spinning® room and much more. For more information, call 330-655-2377 or visit the website at www.LifeCenterPlus.com.



New Massage Therapy Studio Added at LifeCenter Plus


HUDSON, OHIO (April 3, 2014) – LifeCenter Plus recently opened “LCP Kneads”, a newly-remodeled Massage Therapy Studio, offering three types of massages to both members and non members by appointment.

“Our new massage therapy studio has a beautiful reception area and a private 170 square foot massage room in a spa-like setting with soothing lighting and a relaxing atmosphere,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “Our three massage therapists are trained to offer a variety of massages. Because the club is open 5 am to 10 pm weekdays and generous hours on the weekend, our massage studio hours are open much longer than most massage salons.”

Although the massage studio is open many hours, individuals will need to make an appointment before the massage. Members and non members can schedule with one of three licensed massage therapists: Jordan Lang, Kathleen DeLeone, or Beth Rinear by calling 330-655-2377, extension 128. Gift certificates are available in 90 minute, one hour, and half hour increments.

Massage has been shown to help overall health and wellness. In addition to increasing the blood supply to muscles and improving circulation, massage lessens pain, facilitates movement and decreases stress.

Three types of massages are available, Swedish, sports or therapeutic. A combination of all three may also be requested, depending on the desired results. Swedish massages are generally for relaxation and relieving muscle tension in a full body massage, whereas a sports massage generally focuses on the muscles relevant to a particular athletic activity and help promote performance and lessen recovery time. Therapeutic or deep tissue pressure massage uses concentrated finger pressure to help relieve painful spasm areas in muscles.

The Massage Therapy Studio is available by appointment only. Informal chair massages are also available at LifeCenter Plus, depending upon programs, events and availability, as well as on-site chair massages at corporate locations via Central Wellness.

The “LCP Kneads” Massage Therapy Studio is the third in a series of upgrades the mind/body/soul area at LifeCenter Plus. In the past two years, a new yoga studio and two new Pilates studios were added to the premier fitness facility. The mind/body/soul area was spotlighted by many members during a full membership survey and focus group study.

To make an appointment for the studio, members or nonmembers may call the front desk at LifeCenter Plus or leave a message by calling 330-655-2377, extension 128. An open house with special massage promotions at LifeCenter will be scheduled soon so the public can view the newly remodeled studio and meet our therapists. Chair massages, refreshments and tours will be available. Watch the marquee sign in front of LifeCenter Plus on Route 91 for the date and time.



Summer 2014 Kids Camp at LifeCenter Plus Features Weekly Field Trips

(March 12, 2014) – Weekly field trips scheduled for the 2014 LifeCenter Plus Kids Camps make summer a lot more fun and active. The LifeCenter Plus Kids Camps in summer of 2014 will feature a special themed activity program each week that will culminate in a special field trip to a location that matches the themed program.

The summer camp programs are offered for children ages 3 to 15 for 11 weeks, starting June 9 and continuing through August 22. Parents can select from full-day and half-day summer camp options for all ages as well as before and after camp care at the Hudson-based premier health and fitness facility.

The half-day and full-day camp options begin at 9 am. The half-day is until noon and the full-day ends at 3 p.m. All of the weekly camp options are available to members as well as nonmembers of LifeCenter Plus.

“The camp adventures are designed to enrich the children’s summer experiences and keep them active and moving during the summer,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “Even if it rains, our large facility has multiple swimming pools, a rock climbing wall, and an all-purpose room to allow children to have a complete summer of active fun-filled programs, all under the supervision of our trained staff.”

The Camps offer sports oriented programs, action camps and summer themed weeks of fun each designed to appeal to different age groups. The travel camps take students to a different location each day. For example, during the sports week in June, the camp field trip travels to Akron to a RubberDucks baseball game where a special “splash day” will turn the playing field into a water park. With so many different weekly camp programs, the 2014 Kids Camps are designed to provide children with a memorable summer and parents with peace of mind and a supervised alternative.

Some of the camp themes available include Community Helpers Week, Invention and Mad Scientist week, Wildlife Safari Week and Master Chef Week. One of the weeks has been designated travel week and will feature a different field trip every day. Ideally, all the children 8 and up will be participating in the travel camp, but space is limited. A special Counselor-In-Training program has been designed for 13-15 year olds where future camp counselors can get leadership experience working with kids under the direct supervision of experienced adult counselors.

Families are invited to the visit the Camp Showcase at LifeCenter Plus on Sunday, April 27 from 2-5 pm where they can ask staff questions and learn more about the 2014 Summer Camp fun activities and field trips. Members and non-members can register by April 30, 2014 to get a 10% discount on camp. An orientation and parents’ meeting has been scheduled for May 31, 2014.

“My children have really enjoyed the summer camp at LifeCenter,” said Amy Tajgiszer of Stow. “The kids feel comfortable there and it’s convenient for me. My youngest is not always easy about going somewhere, but he really likes the counselors and activities. Both of them really like the swimming pools at LifeCenter, too.”

To learn more about the Kids Camps programs available at LifeCenter Plus, go online to www.lifecenterplus.com. The Kids Summer Camp information is under the Kids Klub tab and includes downloadable summer camp brochure, camp guidelines, and registration forms.

About LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club
A premier health and fitness facility, LifeCenter Plus has served the Hudson, Stow and surrounding communities since 1978. The 103,000-square foot multi-purpose facility is a full-service, four-season health and fitness club with five swimming pools. For more information call 330-655-2377 or visit the website at www.LifeCenterPlus.com.

Central Wellness to Host Health Fair and Expo at LifeCenter Plus on March 28

HUDSON, OH (March 11, 2014) – Central Wellness, a division of LifeCenter Plus, will be hosting a health fair for individuals who are responsible for decisions affecting employee health on March 28 from 11am to 2pm at 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson, Ohio. Studies show that companies with successful worksite wellness programs experience lower healthcare costs, increased productivity, and decreased absenteeism due to illness and injury.

More than 25 exhibitors will be at the event on March 28 offering free samples, giveaways and door prizes. The health fair expo features cooking demonstrations from a chef who specializes in creating healthy meals, free massages, a hand paraffin wax exhibit as well as the opportunity to learn more about the new trend of wearable technology.

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by calling 330-655-2377 x 137 or emailing gguerriero@lifecenterplus.com by March 17 and reserving their place.

Information will also be available about how companies can receive up to $15,000 from the State of Ohio as a Wellness Program Grant. For a company to qualify for health care discounts and a wellness program grant, they must meet specific criteria. Central Wellness specializes in helping Northeast Ohio companies navigate the specific requirements needed to allow them to qualify.

Run by health coaches and exercise physiologists, Central Wellness is encompassed with on-call registered nurses and certified health and fitness professionals who are all trained as wellness specialists. Central Wellness utilizes specially designed programs from WellSource, a leader in Health Risk Assessment technology that analyzes biometric and health risk appraisal data.

About Central Wellness
Central Wellness helps companies in Northeast Ohio achieve lower health care costs and improve their employees’ health. They provide screenings to identify health risk factors, develop programs to address risk factors and measure progress creating healthier workplaces. A division of LifeCenter Plus, the organization is located at 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson, Ohio. For more information call 330-655-2377 x 137 or email gguerriero@lifecenterplus.com or visit www.lifecenterplus.com.


LifeCenter Plus Welcomes MOVbands to Their Fitness and Weight Loss Programs

MOVbands Track All Activities and Encourage More Movement

HUDSON, OHIO (November 21, 2013) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club introduces the use of MOVbands at their fitness facility. MOVbands fit on the wrist and track all activities, creating an awareness of all movement and encouraging more.

“As the first fitness club to offer MOVbands, we’re eager to help our members establish healthy lifestyles through the activity monitors,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “MOVbands enable an immediate reward in exercising and friendly competition, since they constantly monitor all activity. There’s always an incentive to exercise and a constant reminder to make healthier choices.”

MOVbands are wrist-worn activity monitors that record all movement, in addition to steps. They are equipped with three modes that makes it easy to switch from time, to daily moves, to total miles.

MOVbands participants are entered into the MOVchallenge at LifeCenter Plus. Participants receive rewards like free fitness assessments and colored bands to reflect their goals earned. Goals may include reaching a certain amount of miles and attending 10 exercise classes, in addition to having accumulated the most miles the end of each session.

With enrollment, participants are granted a 25% discount off of accelerated exercise classes, including Boxing, The Biggest Loser and Skinny Jeans. They are also given a USB charger and online registration to track and monitor movements for ranking and rewards.

MOVbands are available for $30 at the LifeCenter Plus front desk. MOVchallenge goals change every three weeks. Rewards are given at the end of each 3-week session. For more information, contact Jennifer Stefanak at 330-655-2377, ext. 138.


LifeCenter Plus to Hold Second Annual Fit for the Future Family Fun 5K

Fit for the Future 5K to Raise Awareness of Childhood Obesity and Promote Healthy Lifestyles

HUDSON, OHIO (September 23, 2013) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club will hold their second annual Fit for the Future 5K and One Mile Fun Run, on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The goal of the run is to raise awareness of childhood obesity, while promoting healthy lifestyles and fun through fitness.

“Approximately one-third of American youth are overweight,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “It is imperative that obesity in children is combated. If it is not, it will affect them for the rest of their lives with health issues, including diabetes.”

Runners of all fitness levels and ages are encouraged to participate. The race begins and ends at LifeCenter Plus, with much of the course on the bike and hike trail. A water station will be provided during the race, with an awards ceremony for top-placers following the race.

“Our 5K is geared toward individuals of all ages as well fitness and running levels,” said Lynch. “We want to demonstrate that fitness can be fun.”

Late registration and packet pick up will be on Friday, October 4 at LifeCenter Plus, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from the race will be donated to Akron Children’s Hospital Future Fitness Clinic that provides overweight and obese children and teens with individual guidance.

The Family Fun 5K and One Mile Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Interested runners may sign up at www.Active.com by Tuesday, October 1. The race fee is $20 per person. Kids 12 and under are free. Discounts are granted to Summit Athletic Club members, LifeCenter Plus members, and runners from the 2012 event.


Generation Active Offers Fitness Wear and Equipment for Active Lifestyles

Retail Shop for the Individual that Moves Carries Name Brand Accessories and Apparel for a Variety of Activities at the Gym, at Home or on the Go

HUDSON, OHIO (June 17, 2013) – Generation Active, a retail shop inside of LifeCenter Plus provides name brand fitness wear and accessories, on-trend apparel and a variety of exercise equipment. The store’s tagline, For the family and individual that moves, represents its goal to carry a wide variety of high-quality products for active lifestyles, at a convenient location.

“Living a healthy and fit life means more than being active only at the gym,” said Kayleigh Ferder, Manager of Generation Active. “At Generation Active, we stock the outfits, accessories and equipment necessary to partake in fitness everyday and at any time. Whether you’re on the go, a runner or practice Yoga, we have what you need for a productive workout.”

Generation Active stocks an assortment of on-trend apparel for adults and children. The clothing offered covers a wide range of activities that include exercising, swimming, running, training, Yoga, and Pilates. Customers choose from a variety of name brands like Soffe, Cozy Orange, Danskin, Under Armour, and TYR. Items include long, short-sleeve and tank tops, shorts, jackets, and swim suits. The fitness wear is multifunctional, cool, comfortable and adds an enhancement to workouts.

The shop carries exercise aids and equipment for use at the gym, at home or on the go. A complete aquatics section provides swimming accessories. It includes goggles, aqua towels, flippers and resistance gloves. Generation Active supplies mats and blocks for Yoga and Pilates. Resistance bands are available, in addition to several different spa and amenity items.

Accessories offered include headbands, stylish Yoga bags and basic totes for on the go. Shoppers may also choose from an assortment of headphones and earbuds, in addition to items that fit discretely on the body for storage.

The store is located in LifeCenter Plus, located at 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson, Ohio. Hours of operation are weekdays: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sundays: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, contact Kayleigh Ferder at 330-655-2377, ext.112.

LifeCenter Participates in National Yoga Summer Solstice Event

The Health and Fitness Club Invites Community Members to Join Them in Celebrating the First Day of Summer with Yoga on Their Sundeck

HUDSON, OH (June 6, 2013) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club will be one of several locations participating in this year’s Yoga Summer Solstice event on June 21 at 7:00 p.m. Those practicing Yoga will gather all of over the country to celebrate the first day of summer and perform 108 Sun Salutations.

“The summer solstice represents a time to renew the mind, body and soul,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “We’d like to invite members of the community to join us in participating in the Yoga Summer Solstice Event. It’ll be a great time to clear your mind, get some exercise, and celebrate the beginning of summer. What a better way to do it, than with 108 sun salutations.”

Attendees will perform 108 Sun Salutations, with breaks after every round of 18. LifeCenter Plus instructors will offer helpful tips on proper breathing and advice on meditation, in between each set. The event is led by certified Yoga instructors and will emphasize the basic Sun Salutation.

The Yoga Summer Solstice Event lasts for two and a half hours. Members are free and nonmembers pay $10 to attend.

The Sunrise Yoga class will return this summer, starting June 4. Sessions will take place every Tuesday and Thursday morning, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the sunroof deck.

For more information, call 330-655-2377, ext. 115 or visit www.LifeCenterPlus.com.

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