Kroc Membership Update (3/26)

Dear Kroc Greenville Family,

As we have all felt the impact of the outbreak in one way or another, we hope that you are staying well and healthy during this time. We are looking forward to when we will be able to open our doors to our members and our entire community once again.

In the meantime, we hope you are taking advantage of our social media workouts on Facebook each day. Our talented fitness instructors are working hard to provide quality classes to help you stay motivated. Additionally, many members of our Kroc Team are helping to pick up donated goods from the community to assist those in need. We are grateful for the support from families throughout Greenville.

Taking care of our members is a top priority. We could not exist without your support. We hope that you will continue to support Kroc Greenville during this time by continuing your memberships. As you know, the Kroc Center is a nonprofit community center serving a broad spectrum of the Greenville populace. Because of generous contributions from our members and others, we are able to continue our community based mission of extending our services and opportunities to members that lack financial means and would otherwise not be able to participate in the Kroc Center’s activities. Your continued support and membership is important for us to continue that mission.

If you pay on a month-to-month basis, please keep your account open. We understand that not everyone is able to do so at this time. If you need to place your membership payment for May on hold, please reach out to the Membership Team by April 10, 2020, by contacting lisa.richardson@uss.salvationarmy.org

At this time, we anticipate Kroc Greenville will be closed through May 17, 2020. We will continue to follow the recommendations put forth by local, state and federal officials. If conditions improve, we will consider opening Kroc Greenville or the Tennis Center earlier. We hope to see our Kroc Greenville family sooner than later, and wish you all the best.

Sincerely,

The Kroc Greenville Team

Kroc Greenville Tennis Courts Overview

Kroc Tennis Update (3/18)

Kroc Tennis has reopened as of 4/29. See statement and hours here.

Dear Kroc Tennis Members,

We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, players, friends and associates very seriously. Like you, we are closely monitoring the developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

For past two weeks, as the news developed, we implemented changes at the Tennis Center for everyone’s protection. In accordance with the latest guidance, a temporary closing of the Kroc Tennis Center will be instituted effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 through Sunday, March 29, 2020. Update as of 4/29/2020: Kroc Tennis has reopened. See statement and hours here.

Our entire staff will miss seeing you on the courts, but we are still available by phone, email and text as long as those services remain uninterrupted. You can also find us on our social channels to keep updated. See our links below.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, so we can continue to support our customers and communities as needed.

If you need to pick up a racquet after the close of today, please email Anibal Braga, our Director of Tennis, and he will make arrangements with you.

For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control website or your local health department’s website.

 

Sincerely,

Your Kroc Tennis Family
Kroc Greenville Website | 864-241-2116

 

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UPDATE: Kroc Greenville Statement Regarding COVID-19

Dear Kroc Community,

Kroc Greenville will temporarily close to members and guests beginning Tuesday, March 17. Child Watch will close at 1 PM on Monday, March 16. Follow our Facebook page for updates on our future reopening.

Kroc Tennis Center will remain open for regular play, lessons, and clinics (with a maximum of four players per court). We are taking added precautions via sanitizing stations and by promoting limited person-to-person contact. (UPDATE as of 4/29: the Kroc Tennis Center will reopen. Read more here.)

The health and wellness of our community is our highest priority. The decision to temporarily close Kroc Greenville follows the recommendations provided by health officials regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Once we have a better understanding of how long Kroc Greenville will be closed for, we will be in touch with our members to give details on the amount and manner of adjustments. (UPDATE as of 3/26: the Kroc Center will remain closed. Read more about your membership options here.)

In the meantime, our team will work hard to ensure the Kroc Center is clean and ready for your return. Please continue to check back for information regarding a re-opening date. We will evaluate the situation as it evolves and keep you informed of our next steps.

Most importantly, stay well. Please follow recommendations provided by local, state and federal health officials here.

Sincerely,

The Kroc Greenville Family

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN WINTER

WRITTEN BY ALI FILEY

A Healthy And Happy Winter Makes For A Healthy And Happier Year

Ever winter in the United States and in other countries with temperate climates, the rate of people that succumb to colds and flus rises, with severe influenza affecting up to 25% of the population on epidemic years. While many colds and flus just ‘come and go,’ influenza infections can have long-term effects beyond the lung, wreaking havoc on the gut and causing gastrointestinal upset. If you wish to stay healthy throughout the year, consider a multifaceted strategy that takes into account aspects such as immunity, respiratory health and skin health. These tips may help you get started.

Vitamin D For A Healthy Immune System

Try to ensure you spend a couple of hours beneath the sun in wintertime if you can, working and exercising in the great outdoors to keep illness at bay. Researchers at Oregon State University warn that around 70% of the U.S. population have insufficient Vitamin D levels. The issue is critical, they say, “as we learn more about the many roles it may play in fighting infection, balancing your immune response, helping to address autoimmune problems, and even preventing heart disease.” One recent finding in particular showed that Vitamin D allows for the ‘expression’ of an antimicrobial gene that serves as a first line of defense against both bacterial and viral infections.

Melatonin For Optimal Mental Health

You need to be proactive with your mental health in the winter time as well. Recent research by Alfred Lewy and colleagues has found that your circadian rhythms can become misaligned during the winter (since the days are shorter and the nights longer). To battle seasonal affective disorder (SAD – also called the ‘winter blues’), bright light exposure and melatonin supplements have been found to be effective. If you think you might have SAD, see your doctor about whether or not these approaches may be useful for you. Protect your mental health in additional ways by embracing holistic therapies like yoga and meditation, proven in numerous studies to reduce stress and boost mood and vitality.

Making Sleep A Priority

People who battle seasonal affective disorder may spend more time resting in bed but not actually sleeping. Because sleep is important for everything from maintaining a healthy weight to promoting good heart health, it is important to make sleep a priority, precisely because the alteration in the body’s circadian (or biological) rhythms can have a negative impact on sleep quality. If you have insomnia, see a sleep specialist, who will be able to rule out serious conditions such as sleep apnea. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is considered a gold-standard treatment for insomnia, and it may take just a few sessions to help you achieve your goal. CBT aims to enlighten individuals on the link between how they think, feel and behave. Improving sleep in winter time, for instance, may start with changing specific behaviors – such as lowering caffeine consumption, taking up stress-reducing exercise, and establishing a strict bedtime routine. Sometimes, something as simple as a small bedroom redesign (your sleeping area should be completely dark and quiet) is all people need to enjoy good sleep quantity and quality.

Diet Matters

The health experts at hif.com say that that one key pillar of a long life is consuming a Mediterranean-style diet that includes lean proteins, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, and healthy Omega-3-rich fats like cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil. This type of diet can help battle inflammation, which can lead to heart disease and a shorter life. The Mediterranean diet is particularly useful in the winter time, when your immunity can be put to the test. A 2018 University of Bonn study found that refined and fast food diets cause your immune system to overwork, thus promoting inflammation and increasing your chances of falling prey to illnesses such as arteriosclerosis and diabetes. Another study by the USDA/Agricultural Research Service showed that a low-calorie diet can boost the immunity while helping those wishing to lose a few pounds achieve their goal.

Winter Skincare

Cold weather challenges human skin health, increasing dryness and flakiness for many people, and sometimes causing an uncomfortable tightness and itchiness. Dermatologist Dr. Danjali Dahia, of the Cornell Medical Center, recommends daily moisturization (using a fragrance- and lanolin-free moisturizer), taking lukewarm rather than hot showers, using a sunscreen, and relying on a humidifier at home. Drinking enough water and consuming a healthy diet will also help keep skin in optimal condition.

Infections and illnesses you contract in winter can have long-term effects for everything from your skin to your respiratory health. Therefore, it is important to boost your immunity, get better sleep, and make key changes to your diet if necessary. Ensure you get a good sleep every night, as well. This will help improve your mood and vitality at a time when you may be battling the winter blues.

KROC GREENVILLE STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

Dear Valued Members and Guests,

Kroc Greenville is committed to prioritizing the health and wellness of our community, patrons and staff. We are taking precautionary measures to address the COVID-19 (coronavirus).