July 8th, 2004

Great River Center for Rehabilitation’s aquatic program was named the top aquatic program in Iowa by the United States Water Fitness Association. It was ranked No. 2 among the nation’s rehabilitation centers. The rankings are based on data submitted for 2003.

The key factors in judging included:

• Administration of the program
• Aquatic staff members’ qualifications and national certifications
• Emphasis on health and safety at the facility
• Leadership development
• Program components
• Special events and methods of motivating participants

The Center for Rehabilitation’s two pools opened in 1999. Each has a different water temperature to provide the benefits of water exercise to a variety of people. The larger, warm-water pool is 92 degrees, which helps relieve muscle and joint pain. The other pool is 82 degrees. The cooler water temperature is beneficial for people who have high blood pressure or multiple sclerosis or prefer exercise, or who prefer to exercise in cool water.

Exercise specialist Jennifer Lacy is a certified pool operator, certified water fitness instructor and certified arthritis instructor. She organized the application for recognition by the United States Water Fitness Association. Other pool instructors are exercise specialists Josh Brockett, Jamie Dengler, Jody Ellison, Annie Huppenbauer and Julie Kirk.

Besides being used for therapy, the pool is open to the public. Aquatic classes include:

• Aquarobics—High-intensity aerobic exercise to get your cardiovascular system pumping, burn fat, increase endurance and have fun.
• Arthritis exercise—Class follows Arthritis Foundation guidelines and is taught by certified instructors to help participants maintain normal joint movement, relieve stiffness, and strengthen and restore flexibility.
• CVA rehabilitation—A class for those affected by stroke or head injury. Exercises include balance, range of motion and coordination.
• Deep-water jogging—Water’s resistance and buoyancy gives a challenging workout to enhance cardiovascular condition and lower-body tone.
• Open swim
• Total body toning—Low-intensity aerobics to strengthen and tone the entire body

For more information about Great River Center for Rehabilitation’s aquatic program, please call (319) 768-4100.