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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 29, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 28
Public Health Opens New Fitness Center

By Kenna L. Brigham
School of Public Health

A satellite to the Cooley Center was recently opened at the School of Public Health. The new fitness facility features state-of-the-art Life Fitness strength equipment, upright and recumbent bikes, treadmills and elliptical trainers, three adjustable benches and a full set of dumbbells. Each piece of cardiovascular training equipment features a 15-inch flat-screen television. A locker room and shower facilities are also available.

To celebrate the grand opening of the Cooley Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a fitness fair will be held today, March 29. Students, faculty and staff can have their blood pressure and body fat measurements taken, and perform a strength test, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Anna Baetjer Room.

Members are able to exercise at both the Cooley Center, which is located behind Hampton House, at 1620 McElderry St., and the new facility on the ninth floor of the School of Public Health. The space for the gym was recently constructed as part of the school's newly completed teaching and research additions. The satellite gym is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Darryl Waldon, director of the Cooley Center, said, "The new center gives us increased programming flexibility and improved campus health awareness and is a great benefit to employees and students. With facilities in two different areas on campus, members will waste less time getting to the gym, allowing them more time to work out. The Cooley Center at the JHSPH is a tremendous addition to the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions."

The main Cooley Center will continue to offer group exercise classes, personal training sessions, an outdoor swimming pool, a multipurpose court, tennis and racquetball courts, an indoor track and cardio- and strength-training studios. In addition, the center has special programs, such as the Don't Gain, Maintain program designed to help participants maintain their weight over the winter holidays, a weight-lifting competition, racquetball and basketball leagues and the Cooley Challenge, a 12-week competition where individuals tone their bodies and compare before and after measurements.

Both facilities are managed by MidAtlantic Corporate Health. For more information, go to or call 410-955-2513.


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