A Healthier U

By PEAK Health & Fitness

Did you know you can participate in four sessions of personal training for free? PEAK Health and Fitness offers opportunities for University of Utah employees to make progress toward better health and fitness.

Personal fitness trainer helping a man at a chest workout with heavy dumbbells

Personal fitness trainer helping a client at a chest workout with heavy dumbbells

Why work with a PEAK personal trainer?
Whether you want to lose weight, gain strength, train for sport performance or improve your overall health, PEAK’s personal training program is your means to effectively achieve your goals. Take advantage of our close location, knowledgeable staff and affordable prices. There’s no better time to improve your health and fitness.

A good trainer will help you to set realistic fitness goals and design a personalized program to attain them. Your PEAK trainer will:
·         Evaluate your fitness and track progress
·         Teach you safe and effective exercise techniques
·         Keep you motivated to move
·         Provide encouragement and support
·         Identify barriers and suggest solutions

Level 1 Trainers
PEAK’s Level 1 personal trainers are undergraduate students in their senior year of classes. They are completing their fitness leadership degree from the Exercise and Sport Science Department. Each student has successfully completed academic training in anatomy, exercise physiology, exercise prescription and fitness testing.

Initial four FREE sessions

Session 1: Fitness Assessment
Your personal training program will begin with a fitness assessment, which will give you and your trainer an accurate measure of your fitness level. The testing and consultation regarding your results will take approximately an hour. Fitness evaluations are a great way to determine your current fitness level and to monitor and record your progress. This evaluation will include measures of:
·         resting heart rate
·         resting blood pressure
·         cardiovascular fitness
·         muscular fitness
·         flexibility
·         body composition

Sessions 2-4: Exercise Program Development
During the three remaining sessions, your trainer will work with you to teach you how to complete your exercise program safely and effectively. These sessions will be spent actually working out with your trainer. By the last session, you will understand how to correctly conduct each exercise in your program. At the end of the fourth session, you will be given a program to take with you. At this time, you may choose to purchase additional session with your trainer.

Register for your four free sessions here.


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It’s a timely question considering millions of Americans are now shopping for coverage on the federal marketplace, HealthCare.Gov. And the good news is the answer is pretty straightforward—at least, for now.

Bottom line: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers to pay for annual mammograms starting at age 40, with no deductibles or co-insurance. A small number of grandfathered health plans sold prior to 2010 are the sole exception. “But the vast majority of insurers cover it. We cover it,” says Russell Vinik, M.D., chief medical officer of University Health Plans. “Insurance isn’t going to jump into the debate. It’s really an individualized decision.”

Read the full article here.

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