January 26, 2017

CARTERVILLE — It’s not the 90-minute massage, personal trainers, or Olympic-sized swimming pool that impresses Brad Griffith the most about his job’s surroundings. It’s the fact that people are improving their health and feeling better about their bodies.

Griffith is director of the Community Health Education Complex at John A. Logan College. “You can look around this facility and realize very quickly that it is a state-of-the-art health facility,” Griffith said. “It’s impressive from top to bottom. But what I’m impressed by the most is how people have come in here and changed their lives, improved their health. They feel so much better about themselves.”

Derrick Snider, a personal trainer at the facility, agrees.

“Some people just want to stay active, others want to build muscle or train for a marathon. It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are wanting to achieve, this place has everything you need,” Snider said. “Some are senior citizens, some are middle-aged, some are college students. Nobody asks your age around here. We all have one goal, to get better fit.”

There is also a Massage Therapy Clinic located in the health facility. Ten-minute, 45-minute, 60-minute, and 90-minute massages are offered beginning at just $5.

The facility also has two swimming pools, including an Olympic-sized pool. A number of aquatic classes and swim lessons are offered.

The health facility is under the direction of the College’s Continuing Education Department. Dr. Barry Hancock is dean for Community Education.

“When you think about it, what makes John A. Logan College such an incredible place is that we focus on more than just the mind,” Hancock said. “Along with high-quality education, the College offers high-quality fitness. The health of the citizens in our College district also matters.”

Hancock pointed out that the College participates in the nationwide “Silversneakers” program which allows free fitness membership, amenities, and fitness classes to qualifying senior citizens. There are hundreds who qualify throughout the College district.

To learn more about the health complex and what it offers, contact the College by calling 618-985-3741, Ext. 8502.