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Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve, December 24th

Both clubs close at 12:00 p.m.

Christmas Day, December 25th

Both clubs closed

New Year’s Eve, December 31st

Both clubs close at 2:00 p.m.

New Year’s Eve, December 31st

Cordata 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Downtown 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Kids Club 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Making Your Home Safe for The Holidays

The Holidays are always a special time for friends and family getting together. However, they are also an excellent time for accidents in the home to happen. Taking family members to the ER has become something of a family tradition.

Take precautions and keep the opportunities for accidents to a minimum. Important things to remember are; be vigilant, a chair is not a ladder, and flameless candles are very attractive. Here are more tips ~

The Kitchen

  • Use a timer when cooking, fires can start from burning foods
  • Don’t leave cooking food unattended
  • Keep oven mitts, towels and aprons away from heat sources
  • Consider making a 3 ft. kid and pet free zone to prevent accidental burns
  • If you’ve got young children visiting, consider placemats in place of tablecloths that might get yanked, breaking china or worse, tipping over lit candles
  • Provide a highchair for young visitors, and make sure that it is properly secure

The Tree

Fresh trees

  • Check for brown needles, a dry tree can be a fire hazards
  • Check for spiders and other pests before bringing the tree indoors
  • Secure the tree to prevent it tipping over

Artificial trees

  • Make sure it is fire resistant and lead free. This article shows you what to look for
  • Keep away from the fireplace and candles
  • If an artificial tree comes with lights installed, look for the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) seal of approval to indicate that the proper wiring was used.

Decorations

  • Keep glass ball and other breakable ornaments on higher branches, away from a child’s reach
  • Before using, check lights for frayed cord and damaged sockets
  • Indoor lights stay indoors
  • Use a step ladder, not a chair, to get to the high spots
  • One and Done extension cords – don’t plug two extension cords together
  • Keep the tree skirt close to the tree to avoid tripping opportunities or skip it all together
  • Make sure that furniture is well spaced out to reduce tripping accidents

Wrapping Paper and Packages

  • Pick up clutter, wrapping paper can hide tripping hazards
  • Packaging popcorn and plastic can be choking hazards
  • Don’t put wrapping paper in the fireplace, sudden fire flashes can be dangerous
  • Small toys and lithium batteries can be choking hazards, make sure they are out of small children’s reach
  • Use the right tool for the job when opening presents, and putting together new gifts

Other Rooms

  • Small rugs can cause tripping, best to avoid all together, but if you must, use grip tape
  • Add slip resistant treads or decals to the tub and shower floors for overnight guests
  • Provide plenty of lighting. Night lights are helpful. This light is has two charging ports
  • Check to make sure you have anti-scald fixtures on faucet, 120° is the hottest the water should be
  • Keep doors closed to keep children out
  • Add handrails in halls or grab bars in the bathroom to help older visitors

Be Prepared

  • Check that smoke alarms are working and fire extinguishers are fresh
  • A complete first aid kit is easily accessed
  • Keep a few flashlights with fresh batteries available
  • Keep front walks and entries clear of tripping hazards or ice
  • Make sure that your house numbers can be seen easily from the street in case the Fire     Department needs to find you (as if the billowing smoke isn’t enough)

Making your home safe for visitors isn’t difficult. It just takes a little planning ahead, and paying attention to the possible trouble spots.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Susie Landsem
Aging in Place by Design

New Pickleball Schedule

We have reserved additional time for pickleball on Sunday mornings from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. So if you haven’t tried this very popular sport, now’s your chance.

Pickleball time is offered 6 days a week in the Cordata gym.
Monday – Friday: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sun: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Come join in the fun. Doubles only. Open to members only. No charge.
Contact Wanda Collins

Swim Lessons

Next Swim Lesson sessions:

January 9 – February 1, 2018 (4 weeks/8 lessons)
February 6 – March 1, 2018 (4 weeks/8 lessons)
March 6 – 29, 2018 (4 weeks/8 lessons)
April 10 – May 3, 2018 (4 weeks/8 lessons)
May 8 – 31, 2018 (4 weeks/8 lessons)
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Times: 10am–12pm, 3:30pm–5:30pm, & 5:30pm-7:30pm

We offer adult groups lessons from 7:00pm-7:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as private
lessons to meet your personal fitness goals.

Call (360) 676-1800 to sign up!

Press here for Fall 2017 Swim Lessons details and pricing.

Press here for Winter/Spring 2018 Swim Lessons details and pricing.

Press here to go to the Aquatic Page.

Holiday Staying on Track

As we head into the holidays we are often tempted into overindulgence and mindless eating. Here are a few tips to stay on track:

1. Don’t show up hungry! Skipping meals doesn’t save calories – if you sit down ‘starving’ to dinner, you’ll find yourself eating more than necessary.

2. Eat small portions of your favorite indulgence foods?. Use a tablespoon to serve yourself a small portion of something you truly want, but skip the food you don’t absolutely love.

3. If you are not in charge of the meal, bring a healthy side dish. Not only does this put a little less stress on the host and add a healthy option to dinner, it will ensure you have something healthy to eat!

4. Return to your routine after Thanksgiving! If you overindulge in one meal, it does no good to sabotage the entire weekend. Get back into the gym or take a walk and drink some water. The faster you’re able to get back on track, the less chance you’ll have of gaining weight.

Have a fun and healthy holiday season! Remember that group and private nutrition coaching is available here at BAC. Check out the current FUEL session to learn how to fuel your body with the right foods and burn body fat to get lean. Current nutritional science education combined with the accountability you need.

Tina Schumacher, Certified Fitness and P.N.
Nutrition Coach
fuel@bellinghamathleticclub.com

Inclement Weather Policy

For the safety and well-being of all those concerned, our weather policy is as follows:

When the Bellingham Public Schools are closed due to weather, BAC will be open with a skeleton staff, but there will be no classes or appointments.

When the Bellingham Public Schools are delayed, BAC will be open, but there will be no A.M. classes or appointments.

In the event of extreme weather, we may find it necessary to close the club. Please check the website, call in, or listen to your local radio station for information. This is a very rare occurrence, but is sometimes necessary for the safety of our members and employees.