Glade resident eager to get back to exercise program
For The Vista
Stephen Strazinsky of Fairfield Glade started exercising at the Cumberland Medical Center Wellness Complex in Crossville when he was 80 years old.
That was 10 years ago.
It was after he had heart bypass surgery at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and his physician prescribed cardiac rehab at the CMC Crossville facility.
Strazinsky was 90 last August, and he is still eager to exercise.
“If I hadn’t started 10 years ago, I don’t believe I would be here today,” Strazinsky said recently at a special party for members of the 90-Plus Club at the Crossville Wellness Complex.
“Many people my age and younger don’t realize the benefit from regular exercise,” he said. “I’ve seen people at the Wellness Complex lose 50 and 60 pounds from just walking around the track several times a week.”
Strazinsky recently had a minor health set-back and is awaiting his physician’s permission to resume regular workouts.
“I’m looking forward to it. The body deteriorates if a person doesn’t exercise,” he said.
Strazinsky began traveling from Fairfield Glade to the Crossville facility three days a week with two other Fairfield Glade residents after his heart bypass surgery in 2003.
“We walked the track and exercised with machine weights,” he said.
When the Fairfield Glade Wellness Complex opened, he and the others decided to keep training at Crossville.
When Strazinsky turned 90 in August, he earned free membership at the Crossville facility, and special recognition as part of the 90-Plus Club.
There are 25 members who are part of the 90-Plus Club at the Crossville and Fairfield Wellness Complexes. Seven are at the Crossville facility and 18 are at Fairfield.
The Crossville Wellness Complex recently held a special party for its 90-Plus Club members in recognition of National Senior Health & Fitness Day on May 29 and the 16th anniversary of the opening of the CMC unit.
Strazinsky was one of five Crossville members who attended the event. Each received tee-shirts with the inscription “90 & Free With CMC Wellness Complex.”
The Fairfield Wellness Complex plans a party for its “90-Plus” members on July 15 to recognize the 10th anniversary of the opening of the facility
Strazinsky and his wife, Roseann, moved to Fairfield Glade from Danville, Pennsylvania in 1983.
They have been married 45 years. Strazinsky retired from the TRW plant in Danville, where he was a general foreman.
He joined TRW in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio in 1942 before spending more than three years in the U.S. Army during World War II.
After the War, he rejoined TRW in Cleveland before the move to the Danville plant.