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DPH Fitness Center to Open in November

December 13, 2013

Working exercise into your daily routine will now be a little easier for state of Georgia employees. The new Capitol Hill Fitness Center will be open for business on Nov. 4, 2013.

Located on the first and second floors of 2 Peachtree, the fully staffed center will offer treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bicycles, strength-training machines and free weights, along with the daily group exercise classes offered to DPH employees since 2012. Any employee of the state of Georgia can sign up for membership to the Capitol Hill Fitness Center, which is funded solely by membership dues.

DPH Worksite Wellness Coordinator Susanne Koch said the on-site fitness center, which includes locker rooms and shower facilities for men and women, will make it easier for employees to fit physical activity into their workdays, an important incentive for people who feel they just don’t have time to exercise.

“I want to empower our employees with the tools they need to become healthier,” Koch said. “This creates an opportunity not only for DPH, but also for all state of Georgia employees to take charge of our health.”

Koch said the center will also offer a convenient way for DPH employees to take advantage of the department’s physical activity policy, which allows all workers to take a 30-minute break from their work to be physically active.

A year-long membership to the Capitol Fitness Center costs $24.99 per month, but those who sign up for membership from Oct. 1-11 in the fitness center can get an early-bird discount of $5 each month for a year. By signing up to use the fitness center, members will be part of a study conducted by DPH and the University of Georgia to evaluate the worksite wellness program and the health behaviors of state employees.

On Oct. 24, the fitness center will host an open house event, in which employees can check out the facilities, take mini fitness classes and sign up for membership. Attendees can also learn more about joining DPH’s team for cMEcompete, a social networking platform that lets participants log their activity and earn redeemable points for their workouts.

Want to get the first 90 days of your fitness center membership for free? Enter the Office of Worksite Wellness’ October essay contest. Employees who write a brief essay with their membership application describing how the fitness center will affect their own health and fitness will be eligible to win one of the 90-day memberships given away weekly during the month of October. All entries should be submitted by Oct. 25 to capitolfitness@dhr.state.ga.us.

Beginning Nov. 4, the fitness center will be open from 6 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 6 a.m. -6 p.m. on Friday. For more information, email capitolfitness@dhr.state.ga.us