BU offers new session of cardiac rehab program

For immediate release: Aug. 24, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is offering a cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness exercise program. The program is designed for adults age 18 and older with known stable heart disease, risk factors for heart disease or weight management difficulties, as well as healthy individuals who wish to increase their fitness level.

According to Timothy McConnell, chair of BU’s exercise science department and director of the program, the sessions are designed to help individuals reduce their risk for heart disease, lose weight and increase fitness by raising their level of regular exercise and physical activity. In addition, participants receive individualized instruction on cardiovascular risk reduction, weight management and general fitness.

The current session begins Aug. 27, but participants may join at any time during the semester. Participants can attend Monday through Thursday. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; however, other times may be offered. The membership fee is $120 for approximately 30 sessions during each fall and spring semester. Classes also will be available during the summer academic sessions at a fee of $100 for approximately 24 sessions.

McConnell said participants in the BU Cardiac Rehab and Adult Fitness’ summer session ranged in age from 31 to 73. They lost five to 17 pounds during the 14-week session and increased their aerobic exercise capacity by 150 calories per exercise session.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.