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Published on July 28, 2009

Kish Hospital Donates Fitness Equipment to Opportunity House

July 28, 2009 

When sports and activities turn indoors, the donated Stairmaster, treadmill, and stationary bikes will be greatly appreciated by the clients and staff.

A recent donation from Kishwaukee Community Hospital is benefiting the clients at Opportunity House, a community sponsored rehabilitation center that serves adults who have developmental disabilities in DeKalb County. The indoor fitness equipment was delivered and placed last week by Kish staff inside the workout room next to the gym in Opportunity House, 202 Lucas Street in Sycamore. The workout room already included weight machines and free weights for strength training, so the additional equipment is great for those who are seeking better health through fitness training. When sports and activities turn indoors, the donated Stairmaster, treadmill, and stationary bikes will be greatly appreciated by the clients and staff.

Carol Parsons, Program Director for Opportunity House said, “We were very excited to receive word that the hospital was going to donate equipment. The donation spared us from spending a lot of money getting new equipment and the quality of the machines is at a level we could not have afforded.”

The workout room is primarily used by clients under staff supervision to learn how to operate the equipment safely and establish a fitness routine. Parsons added, “We have had clients participate in Special Olympics power lifting in the past, under supervision of staff trained in proper techniques. But our goal is to focus on overall fitness. Like many people, our clients have health issues which exercise and a good diet can improve.”   

The workout room is also available to Sycamore School District students who are in the Life School Program (serving students with disabilities from the age of 18 to 22 years old) and to the Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association.

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