Dignity Health | St. Rose Dominican | Reach | Winter 2020
10 StRoseHospitals.org When Nevada businesses were asked to shut their doors onMarch 17, the doors of the six DignityHealthWellness Centers were included. Each day, hundreds of people counted on the facility’s fitness instructors, specialty counselors, and registered dietitians to help themstay fit and healthy. So the Wellness Center team immediately went to work to find a way to reach their clients remotely. With a goal, but without any fancy equipment or particular technical expertise, they were determined to find a way. Rising to the challenge Community Health Director Holly Lyman says, “It was pretty remarkable. We closed our doors March 17, and with no prior plan in place, we hosted our first online fitness class on March 18.” Using the online video platform Zoom, instructors began teaching their classes from their homes, via computer, to people in their own homes. A schedule of 20 classes was emailed to every person the staff could reach. People tried it, liked it, and spread the word. People of all ages began taking advantage of the free online classes while sheltering at home. Learning together Lyman says, “Early on, we spent time at the top of every class helping people log on and get their Good things happen when wellness goes online Necessity is the mother of invention settings right. But we all got better at it. And our seniors are getting pretty internet-savvy.” The schedule—continually updated with new, different classes—has now grown to more than 50 classes each week. Find a class you like, click on the link a few minutes before the class begins, then get comfy in your own home, and get ready to rumble… or Zumba or yoga or tai chi. There’s just about any class you can imagine. And they are all free. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. “Nothing can replace the energy generated by face-to-face human interaction in a classroom full of people,” Lyman says. “But it seems we might not see much of that for a while. We’re proudwewere able to get this option running so quickly to serve the peoplewhowere counting on us.” To find a class you will love, vis it StRoseHospitals.org/VirtualClasses anytime to view the most up-to-date schedule.