First of Escondido’s five fitness courts opens at Mountain View Park

Escondido residents will soon have a number of new options for getting in shape, thanks to a series of planned new fitness facilities.

On Nov. 18, the city unveiled the first of five planned “fitness courts,” which are described as free outdoor gyms available for public use. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the site of the first fitness court, which was built at Mountain View Park.

The city plans to install two more of the fitness courts in the spring, at Kit Carson Park and next to the city’s main library on South Kalmia Street. The two final courts will be built in the near future, said city officials.

Another outdoor recreation project is planned for Jesmond Dene Park, where a bike park will be built and named for City Councilman John Masson, who died in March. Masson was a strong advocate for youth recreation opportunities, and he enjoyed such activities as skateboarding, motocross and mountain biking, according to a city staff report.

Steven Davis, 52, gets in a morning workout at the newly opened fitness court at Mountain View Park in Escondido.

Steven Davis, 52, gets in a morning workout at the newly opened fitness court at Mountain View Park in Escondido. He lives nearby and exercises here regularly.

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The Escondido City Council, at a meeting on Nov. 18, gave a green light to the project and authorized the city to accept a $271,000 state grant to pay for the new bike park.

Also at the Nov. 18 meeting, the council received an update on a plan to build a “skate spot” at Washington Park. The city has set aside funds for design and construction of the new facility for skateboarders. A staff report said design of the skate spot and an adjacent parking lot will cost $143,574, and construction of the skate spot is estimated at $382,000.

Construction is expected to begin in January, weather permitting, with completion by summer, said Deputy City Manager Joanna Axelrod.

The first fitness court, located at Mountain View Park, 1160 S. Citrus Ave., was completed in February, said Axelrod, but the opening was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re so excited to be finally able to open it,” she said.

Graphics show how to use the equipment at the new fitness court in Escondido's Mountain View Park.

Graphics show how to use the equipment at the new fitness court in Escondido’s Mountain View Park.

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The city worked with the National Fitness Campaign, a for-profit consulting firm based in San Francisco, to design and build the outdoor workout facility for ages 14 and up.

National Fitness provided $30,000 in seed money for the project, and the city’s utility department provided an additional $165,000, which the department provided in exchange for park land it needed to construct a water pumping station, Axelrod said.

The fitness courts are about 1,000 square feet and utilize a design developed by the National Fitness Campaign. They include seven workout zones, each of which focuses on a different type of movement. Together, the seven zones provide a full-body workout. The zones include core, squat, push, lunge, pull, agility and bend.

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New COVID-19 Vaccine Unit Opens at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

The vaccine unit opening comes as global coronavirus infections are rising sharply, with nearly 200,000 cases reported daily in the United States. Montefiore’s goal is to ensure more than half of all trial participants are adults most affected by COVID-19 with a focus on people older than 65. Across the country, older individuals and communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

“Montefiore and Einstein have a legacy of providing inclusive access to cutting edge care,” said Andrew D. Racine, M.D., Ph.D., system senior vice president and chief medical officer at Montefiore and professor of pediatrics at Einstein. “By ensuring that historically underrepresented patients are included in COVID-19 vaccination research, this effort will help ensure the efficacy and safety of vaccines for these underrepresented patient groups.”

The new vaccine unit builds on Montefiore and Einstein’s leadership conducting COVID-19 trials and providing lifesaving clinical care to thousands of people in the community and has already started enrolling people in the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine AZD1222 trial. Dr. Zingman is the principal investigator at Montefiore for the vaccine, which is one of 13 COVID-19 vaccines in phase III trials and the first to be evaluated at Montefiore and Einstein. He was also the principal investigator at Montefiore and Einstein for the ACTT-1 and ACTT-2 National Institutes of Health trials, which evaluated remdesivir (now FDA-approved as a treatment for people hospitalized with COVID-19) and remdesivir plus baricitinib, respectively. 

Since March, physician-scientists at Montefiore and Einstein have studied COVID-19’s impact on almost every major health condition, ranging from asthma to cancer; examined health inequities in local communities; and helped determine which treatments work best against COVID-19.

Among its notable research, Montefiore and Einstein faculty:

–  Published the first major U.S. study on the use of steroids, which confirmed the findings of the large-scale British RECOVERY trial showing that steroids are effective in treating COVID-19; the study also revealed which patients can be harmed by steroids

–  Led the first-ever study comparing the immune responses of adults and children with COVID-19 and detected key differences that may explain why children have milder disease than adults

–  Led the development of a monoclonal antibody therapy to neutralize COVID-19—and potentially other emerging coronaviruses—clinical trials will begin in December

–  Created a blood test for detecting COVID-19 antibodies, used clinically and for research

–  Launched the first randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of convalescent plasma with NYU Langone Medicine Center, which has expanded to include the University of Miami and the University of Texas-Houston, among other locations across the country

–  Was the first New York City medical center to enroll participants in the ACTT-1 remdesivir trial and the second highest enrolling site worldwide

–  Will offer the first randomized controlled trial of dexamethasone versus baricitinib (NIAID ACTT-4 study) for the hyperinflammatory state in COVID-19

“Words cannot express my appreciation for the many people who worked so hard to establish the new COVID-19 vaccine unit, making sure underrepresented communities will have access to the most promising

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Pro Active Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Opens a New Clinic in Brighton

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN) of Carlsbad, Calif., a leading physical therapy provider and practice management organization, today announced the grand opening of its affiliated Pro Active Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine (Pro Active) clinic in Brighton, Colo., located at 1321 South. 4th Ave. The Pro Active Brighton clinic elevates the brand’s presence in the state to 13.

Pro Active’s new outpatient clinic will support all ages and is proud to offer the Brighton community and surrounding areas a full range of pain management and injury prevention services including: physical therapy, functional integrative therapy, work injury rehabilitation, blood flow restriction therapy and sports medicine for a combined approach to pain resolution and injury recovery.

“The opening of our Brighton clinic is another critical step toward our commitment to expand access to quality physical therapy care across the state of Colorado,” said Ajay Gupta, CEO, PRN. Led by Kate Farner, we have assembled an extremely talented, experienced and passionate team at the Brighton location, who are proud to not only offer high-quality care but provide a safe and rewarding experience for patients seeking care.”

Clinic partner, [Kate] Farner, PT, DPT, ATC, will oversee the new Brighton location. A native of the California desert, Farner moved to northern Colorado in 2003 after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science (Athletic Training) from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006. Farner also has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University.

Farner is a Licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer specializing in the treatment of orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, occupational injuries, concussions and vestibular disorders. Farner is also full body certified in both Active Release Techniques, Trigger Point Dry Needling and is a Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist. 

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to lead the PT programs at the Brighton clinic,” said Farner, Clinic Partner & Director. “By expanding care to the Brighton community, we close a significant gap between those needing quality pain management support and the resources available to them. If you are in need of physical therapy care, no doctor or healthcare practitioner referral is needed, so come visit our Brighton clinic today and you’ll see why our patients love coming to us.”

Pro Active accepts most insurance plans and will work with patients to help them better understand benefits and what services will be covered by insurance. To learn more about Pro Active, please visit

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With safety as a top priority, Pro Active is actively taking the necessary steps to ensure patient care is completed with strict infection control measures. Pro Active will continue to act with an abundance of caution in alignment with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Occupational Safety

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Planet Fitness Opens “Judgement Free” Gym in Downtown Seattle

SEATTLE (Nov. 10, 2020) – Planet Fitness – one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand – has opened in Downtown Seattle at 601 Pine St., Seattle WA 98101.

As Planet Fitness’ 24th club in the Seattle area, the 16,364-square-foot Downtown Seattle club offers state-of-the-art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat screen televisions, HydroMassage beds, massage chairs, tanning beds, a Total Body Enhancement booth and more in a hassle-free, non-intimidating environment.

Now through Nov. 18, members can join for $1 down with no commitment for Classic membership – which includes unlimited access and free fitness training at Planet Fitness Downtown Seattle – or PF Black Card® membership – which includes the ability to bring a guest every day at no additional charge, access to all 2,000+ Planet Fitness locations in all 50 states, plus access to massage beds and chairs and tanning, among other benefits which vary by location and local restrictions. Registration is available in person or online at….

As with all Planet Fitness clubs, the Downtown Seattle club operates with enhanced protocols for working out in the safest way possible including: required facemasks, increased sanitation, employee temperature checks, touchless check-in featuring COVID-19 wellness questions for all members and guests, signage promoting Social Fitnessing™ throughout the facility, and Crowd Meter on Planet Fitness’ mobile app that allows members to check club capacity before coming into the gym.

“Planet Fitness believes fitness is essential to the physical and mental health of Seattle residents who are eager to get out of the house and resume their active lifestyles. Fitness also plays a critical role in building a stronger immune system, helping protect against severe COVID-19,” said Victor Brick, co-owner of PF Growth Partners, a franchise division of Planet Fitness. “Planet Fitness Downtown Seattle aims to do its part in combatting this ongoing pandemic by providing access for people to exercise and stay healthy.”

The pandemic has taken a physical and mental toll on the nation. State lockdowns led to a 32 percent reduction in physical activity among individuals who were physically active. Washington State already suffers from high obesity rates, with 28.3 percent being considered overweight. This makes access to exercise now even more vital as physical activity provides numerous health benefits including the ability to maintain weight, strengthen muscles, and prevent chronic illness.

Regular physical activity is also known to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. This takes on even more significance in light of a July poll conducted by the Kaiser Foundation which found that more than half of U.S. adults reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, up 32 percent from March.

Planet Fitness Downtown Seattle is currently open and staffed Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Charlotte FIT studio opens in Charlotte, NC, during COVID-19

The new Charlotte FIT studio space has allowed Taylor Calamese to expand with trainers Shayla Nyreé and Keianna Glover.

The new Charlotte FIT studio space has allowed Taylor Calamese to expand with trainers Shayla Nyreé and Keianna Glover.

Taylor Calamese has been on the Charlotte fitness scene since 2014, but as she worked to open her new Charlotte FIT fitness studio during COVID-19, there were days she couldn’t even bring herself to visit the new space.

“It was really depressing. There were times during the demolition process that I wouldn’t even go look at it. I didn’t want to see it,” Calamese told CharlotteFive. “Here I was writing all these checks, and it was like, ’Is there a point? Does this even make sense?’”

Calamese had signed the contract in February, and renovations began just as the pandemic was getting started. “COVID slowed the process down tremendously, from shutdowns to supplies,” Calamese said.

Charlotte Fit’s original April 15 launch date was shifted to June, with group fitness classes eventually beginning in October. They include Restorative Yin Yoga, HIIT, Pulse Yoga, Athletic Yoga, Prenatal/Deep Stretch, Upper Body Blast and Gluteus Max-Out.

One thing that motivated Calamese to keep going? Her clients.

‘Skin hunger’ is tricky during a pandemic

“There is this concept called skin hunger. It’s a real thing. We need human interaction and community, perhaps now more than ever, and I knew having a space to bring people together to be both active and social would be important,” Calamese said.

The comfort level of clients coming into the gym to workout varies — and Calamese has taken these into consideration.

Charlotte FIT is now open at 1001 E W.T. Harris Blvd, Suite W. Courtesy of Taylor Calamese..jpeg
Charlotte FIT is now open at 1001 E. W.T. Harris Blvd, Suite W. Courtesy of Taylor Calamese

“Some clients have truly taken quarantine seriously and do not go anywhere, outside of necessities. These clients utilize our virtual training option to conduct their personalized workouts based on the equipment they have available to them in home,” Calamese said.

“Other clients fall somewhere in the middle, where they will come into the studio to train, but will utilize our flex space/group fitness room to train in a more isolated environment away from others. The last category of clients is very comfortable with coming into the studio and training with others, as long as they are properly socially distanced. I am happy that I have the option to offer the services and resources to support each individual’s level of comfort.”

Virtual training was not previously a part of Charlotte FIT’s offerings, but Calamese made the shift at the start of the pandemic. That move allowed Charlotte FIT to stay afloat financially. “I am so thankful. l’m grateful that people continue to trust me, support me and cheer me on as I’m figuring out this new way of maneuvering about the world and providing services to the public,” Calamese said.

Charlotte FIT offers personal training, group fitness and open gym spaces. Courtesy of Taylor Calamese_.jpg
Charlotte FIT offers personal training, group fitness and open gym spaces. Courtesy of Taylor Calamese

Clients comfortable enough to go into the studio will experience reduced capacity — group training areas are limited to four people, and group fitness

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PM Pediatrics Opens 2nd Connecticut Location In Manchester

MANCHESTER, CT — PM Pediatrics, the nation’s largest provider of pediatric urgent care, has opened its newest location at 1500C Pleasant Valley Rd in Manchester.

That’s the Plaza at Buckland Hills shopping center.

The Manchester location is the second location in Connecticut and the 61st nationwide. Dr. James Parker will serve as medical director for the Manchester office.

PM Pediatrics has its corporate headquarters in New Hyde Park, NY.

The Manchester location will be open seven days a week from Noon until 10 p.m. daily. In addition to serving various acute care needs for newborns to age 26, the office will also offer coronavirus testing after an assessment for both children and adults.

The office will also continue to offer virtual visits via the PM Pediatrics Anywhere app. More information on virtual visits with PM Pediatrics Anywhere can be found at

“We are thrilled to expand our unique formula of specialized urgent care for children and young adults into more communities in Connecticut,” said Steven Katz, co-founder and co-CEO of PM Pediatrics. “Our Manchester office will provide child-friendly care that focuses on the safety and well-being of everyone in the office, especially in times of COVID-19.”

The Manchester, CT office occupies approximately 3,900 square feet and is decorated in a jungle theme with an “immersive child-friendly design” as well as televisions with children’s programming in each room.

“Every one of our offices is focused on the pediatric patient experience– from the murals on the walls depicting playful themes to the exam rooms outfitted with familiar kids’ characters,” said Dr. Jeffrey Schor, co-founder and co-CEO of PM Pediatrics. “Our healthcare team provides top-quality care and ensures the comfort of every patient we see.”

Officials said the state-of-the-art Manchester, CT practice is staffed by a healthcare team with experience in Pediatric Emergency and urgent care medicine, including board-certified pediatric emergency physicians and pediatricians, and features onsite digital x-ray and lab.

PM Pediatrics claims more than 3 million visits.

For more information about PM Pediatrics and a list of locations, visit, Facebook @PMPediatrics, Twitter @pmpeds and Instagram @pmpediatrics.

This article originally appeared on the Manchester Patch

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Yarrow YMCA Opens 9,000 Square Foot Outdoor Fitness Facility

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The Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village has opened a nearly 9,000 square foot covered outdoor fitness facility in its back parking lot (31105 East Thousand Oaks Blvd.). The facility opened November 2.

The exercise area contains cardio equipment and weights to provide members an opportunity to workout in a COVID-compliant setting until Los Angeles County officially enters the red tier level and gyms can reopen indoors.

In August, the Yarrow YMCA began offering outdoor group exercise classes. “The classes were well received. We know that the community wants something more, particularly access to cardio and weight-lifting equipment,” says Ronnie Stone, President/CEO of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA. “Since indoor workouts are still uncertain, we made the decision to move the equipment outdoors so we could comply with all health and safety guidelines.”

To allow for cleaning and disinfecting, hours are 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Reservations are required. For more information or to a make reservation, call 818-707-9622.

The Simi Valley Family YMCA was cleared to open its indoor fitness center in early October. The pool and locker rooms remain closed until Ventura County moves to the orange tier.

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Coronavirus testing site opens at Boston’s Logan Airport

BOSTON (AP) — The first coronavirus testing site at Boston’s Logan International Airport opened on Wednesday.

The site, located in Terminal E and operated by health and wellness company XpresSpa Group, will be for airport and airline employees at first but will start testing travelers, as well, in mid-November, the company said.

“It helps create a safer environment and reduces risk,” company CEO Doug Satzman told WBUR News on Tuesday. “Testing is not the only answer. It’s just one of the important pieces of the puzzle.”

The facility at the airport — the largest in New England and among the busiest in the United States — will offer three tests: a quick test that returns results within 15 minutes; a nasal swab test; and a blood antibody test. The facility will be able to process about 400 tests a day, the company said.

“We’re pleased to offer this service as a convenient option for passengers to comply with the Commonwealth’s travel order,” airport spokesperson Jennifer Mehigan said in a statement.

Travelers to Massachusetts, or residents returning from a high-risk state, are required to quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts.

The airport has seen a steep drop in passenger traffic during the pandemic.

The company already operates coronavirus testing facilities at Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

Also in coronavirus news in Massachusetts:


150,000 CASES

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts surged past 150,000 on Wednesday, as the state Department of Public Health reported more than 1,000 new confirmed cases for the fifth consecutive day.

The 1,137 new cases were out of 18,600 tests, a daily positivity rate of about 6.1%.

The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Massachusetts has now risen over the past two weeks from about 1% on Oct. 13 to almost 1.6% on Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Massachusetts has now jumped over the past two weeks from more than 636 on Oct. 13 to nearly 1,082 on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins.

The state also confirmed 36 new virus-related fatalities on Wednesday for a total of 9,700.

The number of patients in the hospital with the disease rose to 582, up 15 from the previous day. The number of patients in intensive care fell slightly to 106.



Workers at a Massachusetts home for sick veterans where 76 residents who contracted the coronavirus died told lawmakers that the facility wasn’t adequately staffed, that they weren’t given enough protective equipment, and that they were bullied by management during the outbreak.

Current and former staffers at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke told the Joint Special Legislative Oversight Committee on Tuesday that the ordeal left them depressed and contemplating retirement.

“They have broken many of us,” nurse Francine

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New fitness boutique studio ‘Yes Honey’ opens off Tower Grove Ave.

A brand new boutique fitness studio offering dance fitness and strength training classes offers in person and on-demand classes.

If this feels like a really cool music video that you want to be a part of, that is exactly what Jenny Hill is going for with her newest passion project – Yes Honey.

“It’s really just a space to come and move and get out,” said Hill.

Professional in Chicago and LA, Hill wanted to bring an inclusive dance fitness studio to St. Louis. She signed a lease for 25 thousand square foot space on Tower Grove. 

And then the pandemic hit. She’s choosing to see the bright side in that business wise. 

Yes Honey is all about access and acceptance, restoring the mental, physical and social balance that’s been hard for a lot of us to maintain during a pandemic. 

“Everybody should be moving their body in some way, shape or form. And so we wanted to create a space where, like everybody felt welcome and everyone felt that like like the goal is just to get together and move in some move and be positive and not necessarily to have any other goals in your workout,” said Hill.

Yes Honey Studio is now open in the Woodward Lofts building at 1519 Tower Grove Avenue in the city.
They’re doing masked in-person classes, as well as online on-demand and outdoor classes.
For a full schedule, head to
You can also find teacher profiles and more on Yes Honey’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

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Hearts talisman Peter Haring opens up on Hampden return, current fitness state and life in Edinburgh

Peter Haring is approaching full fitness after so long on the sidelines.
Peter Haring is approaching full fitness after so long on the sidelines.

The Jambos’ powerhouse midfielder played for the club in the 2019 final against Celtic, on the field for 81 minutes before finally succumbing to a persistent groin injury. It took him 16 long months to return to action.

At times, there were fears Haring might never play again as he tried to get to the root of the problem. Operations, specialists, rest. You name it, the 27-year-old tried it. It was tough for him, even miserable at times. But now, approaching full fitness after such a lengthy time on the sidelines, Haring is raring to go again.

His comeback match was against Inverness earlier in the month, when he came on for eight minutes. His first start since that gut-wrenching 2-1 Hampden loss to Celtic arrived a week later against Raith Rovers, when he captained the team and played the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 win. Only appearances from the bench have come thereafter, but manager Robbie Neilson is clearly easing him back in. He is a key man for the Hearts boss.

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‘Zero regrets’

Neilson may be tempted to start Haring against a more dangerous opponent in Hibs. He adds so much to the Hearts midfield. If the Austrian does play, he won’t have negative thoughts of previous visits to Hampden. He classes his last visit there as one of the highlights of his career.

“Zero regrets, absolutely,” says Haring when asked, in an exclusive interview with the Evening News, if he wishes he hadn’t played in that final. “I was talking to our gaffer at that time, Craig Levein, quite a lot and I even wanted to play the week before when we played Celtic in the league. I was desperate to play that game, but he said no, you’re only playing the cup final which was probably a good decision from him. But I’ve got absolutely zero regrets – it’s one of my best memories I’ve got in my football career so far.

“I didn’t obviously think it would take this long to come back. Even when I was injured, I always thought, ‘it can’t take much longer’, and it always did, so you never know what is going to happen, but overall I’ve got really good memories about Hampden. Even though we lost the final, it’s still a great memory in my head. It was a good game from us as well, against Celtic. It’s the third time for me going to Hampden, it will be very different because of the circumstances. It’s going to be a totally different game again and it’s going to be a derby in the cup semi. so there’s nothing better than that really.”

Current state and his ‘big moment’

Hearts fans can take comfort from the fact that Haring feels back to near peak condition. His journey has been arduous, exacerbated by the club’s

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