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Dallas, TX March 19, 2009 — Parker College of Chiropractic announced plans to establish a Stay Fit Seniors (SFS) facility within the Parker College Wellness Clinics, making Parker the first chiropractic college to embrace this program. Parker will join SFS in its mission to help thousands of chiropractors help millions of seniors.
“Patient outcomes improve when exercise is combined with chiropractic care,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker College. “As a leading voice in wellness, we are proud to introduce the Stay Fit Seniors program to members of our community to help them achieve better holistic health.”
The Stay Fit Seniors program encourages participants to engage in cardiovascular and strength training exercise in a 30-minute circuit-training format, specifically designed for seniors aged 60 and up. Chiropractic care will also be an important component of the program. SFS addresses the physical, mental, and social aspects of wellness, contributing to overall good health and longevity. Parker is on the leading edge of this new care protocol with the inclusion of the SFS program in its outpatient clinic.
Founded in 2005, the Stay Fit Seniors program is already operating in private chiropractic offices in New York, California, Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio, with plans to open more nationwide.
“By partnering with Parker College, we hope to demonstrate to future chiropractors that reaching out to seniors is a great service to their patients,” said Dr. Roger Russo, founder of Stay Fit Seniors.
Doctors of chiropractic offering the SFS program report an increase in their patient load and an increase in the amount of time patients stay with the practice. After participating in the SFS program for a few months, many seniors experienced improved blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, stronger bone density, and better overall health.
The Stay Fit Seniors Program first gained national attention in March of 2007 when legendary fitness icon Jack LaLanne endorsed the program. The 94-year-old fitness icon, who graduated from chiropractic school in 1938, endorses and actively promotes the Stay Fit Seniors program. “The Stay Fit Seniors program can save peoples lives,” said LaLanne. He is proud to be working with the chiropractic profession and the Parker organization to help seniors through what he calls “the perfect combination, chiropractic and exercise.”