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McCready Foundation Building a Healthy Community One Person at a Time

 $15 a month -- for your health

McCready Memorial Hospital has a state-of-the-art exercise gym for its cardiac rehabilitation program and invites the public to take advantage of the amenity.

For just $15 a month -- the price of a movie ticket -- people looking to shed a few pounds or stay in shape through formal exercise should consider this "community adult fitness program."

McCready's "open door" fitness center features the same equipment available in most upscale gyms and sports clubs, including an elliptical machine, free weights, recumbent and exercise bicycles, calibrated weight and other machines. Treadmill enthusiasts can work out with a view of Daugherty's Creek Canal.

The facility in the original hospital building is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Signing up is easy.

The first step is contacting Dianna Howard, McCready's cardiac rehabilitation technician. Reach her between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by calling (410) 968-3001 (Ext. 3315).

Dianna will provide you with an application form that must be completed with help from your doctor. Once cleared, applicants should get back in touch with Dianna to make an appointment to meet and complete the registration process.

Participants receive personalized instruction on how to use the machines. Dianna can also help design a customized exercise routine. Once orientation is completed, participants may use the gym unsupervised during the posted hours the facility is open.

And you'll feel better about eating that bucket of buttered popcorn at the next "picture show."