May 2023 Newsletter

May 15, 2023

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Survival of the FITtest 2023 Recap

CORE partnered with Primus Fitness this year to host the 2023 Survival of the FITtest adaptive fitness competition that took place Sunday, April 30th. Athletes from throughout Central Florida attended to push themselves through three intense workouts: the Takeoff, the Battleground, and the Escape. Each division had great competition, and these were this year's top placed competitors:

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Division 1
1st: Dana G.

Division 2
1st: David K. (Men), Stephanie B. (Women)
2nd: Bridger F. (Men)
3rd: Brian A. (Men)

Division 3
1st: Christian P. (Men), Ann-Marie W. (Women) 2nd: Elena B. (Women)
3rd: Karen A. (Women)

Division 4
1st: Nataly H.

Congratulations to all of our athletes for surviving this year’s exercises, and coming out stronger in the end! And thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors who made this event possible. Special thanks to Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center, Tayton O’Brien’s Irish Pub, Majors Medical, Britt’s Bunch, One Body Chiropractic, Vessel Chiropractic, and Stay In Step!

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CORE Night: Murder Mystery Party

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 9th at 6pm. CORE is trying something new this year in hosting a Murder in Margaritaland for our second CORE Night of 2023. Get into character to solve the mystery while enjoying dinner and drinks. Tickets are $25 each and are available for purchase at the front desk. Space is limited, so get your tickets ASAP!

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CORE's Newest Neuro-Exercise Specialist

You may have noticed a new face in the gym, but allow us to officially introduce our newest member to the Training Team, Luke! Luke joined the team in early April, with a background in as a Stretch Specialist and Kinesiology degree. He's excited to bring his energy and motivation into the gym and willing to go the extra mile to help our clients achieve their goals. Please be sure to introduce yourself when you see him around the gym if you haven't already.

Farewell Spring Interns

We had a great group of interns this spring and we hate to see them go, but wish them all the best in their future endeavors!

Welcome Back Michael!

You may have noticed Michael's absence in the gym over the past 6 weeks as he completed a clinical rotation for school, but we are happy to announce that he is back in the gym and ready to start training with you all again!

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29th. In recognition of the holiday, CORE will be closed Saturday, May 27th through Monday, May 29th. Regular training hours and class schedules will resume on Tuesday, May 30th.

Oceans of Hope

Many of you already know of this awesome organization, but in case you don't, we'll fill you in. Oceans of Hope offers adaptive ocean access and surfing events, held multiple times throughout the summer in New Smyrna Beach. If you've been wanting to get out on the beach or try something new, this is your chance.

The CORE team will be volunteering at the Saturday, July 29th event. Space is limited this year, so attendees are limited to one event. Sign up on Oceans of Hope's website before time runs out, and if you'd like to be there with the CORE team be sure to book yourself for July 29th!

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This month's employee C.H.A.M.P. is Morgan! Morgan is a true team player, always lending a helping hand and thriving when the gym is at its busiest. She makes sure all of our lovely clients feel accomplished before they leave the gym for the day, and has been a great example of hard work for our interns.

As this month's C.H.A.M.P., Morgan has selected Elena as our CORE Client C.H.A.M.P.! Elena's work ethic toward her recovery has proven that hard work does pay off. She's started driving, can complete leg presses independently, and is walking in her braces using crutches. We can't wait to see what else she can do! Keep up the great work!

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Fun Food Facts We've got something new and exciting cooking at CORE! We'll have more information on our Nutritional Guidance Program available soon, but in the meantime, please enjoy this nutrition fun fact:

Before 1990, nutrition labels were not required and were rarely seen on packaged foods. Labeling of packaged foods was not mandated by the FDA until that point. The most recent update to the nutrition label was in 2020. You can use food labels to understand the amount of energy provided by your food, the percent daily value of different nutrients included in your food, and to help yourself make informed decisions on things like saturated fats, sodium, and sugar.

You can catch more nutrition facts on our social media. If you don't follow us already, be sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram.

Aquatic Training Sessions

Start your summer off right with Aquatic Training Sessions. Take a dip in our heated indoor pool and experience the extra benefits the water has to offer. Talk to one of our Aqua Specialists to find out if Aquatic Training Sessions are right for you.

Greater Orlando Spinal Cord Injury Network

Are you a member of the Greater Orlando Spinal Cord Injury Network (GOSCIN)? Stay in the know with what's going on in the Orlando neuro community, connect with others, and find upcoming events.

How Can You Support the CORE Foundation?

The CORE Foundation was founded in 2011 to provide needed financial support and education for individuals with spinal cord injury or other neurological conditions, providing them the opportunity to participate in much needed activity-based training sessions. In 2022, the scholarships supported over 3,000 hours of activity-based training for those challenged with paralysis.

The CORE Foundation Scholarship is funded by the generosity of individual donations, fundraisers, corporate sponsors, and philanthropic foundation grants. You can help the CORE Foundation by attending events, such as the Reindeer Run & Roll 5k, grabbing a snack at the Foundation Fuel Market, or donating directly to the CORE Foundation.

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