An Update to our Members


Welcome Back!


Why Practice Yoga?

When asked, “Why should one practice Yoga?”, my mind runs through all the amazing physical benefits of learning and working through different yoga poses, and how it keeps my arms and legs toned and helps strengthen my core, and how it relieves stress and mental anxiety.


Exercise and Immunity

If you’ve been following the news, you know the drill: wash your hands thoroughly, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow, clean surfaces thoroughly, self-isolate if you think you’ve been in contact with an infected person. Until a vaccine is developed, these are the recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 


Kid-Focused Blog Healthy Bodies Include Healthy Minds: What Color Do You Feel Today?

Engaging our families during this time is a priority of Kroc Greenville. From Kroc Blogs to the Slow Down Showdown to Online Fitness Videos, we are working hard to maintain relationships and help you maintain active and healthy lifestyles. 


Breathing Techniques and Benefits

Breathing happens naturally on a regular basis. So why should you practice breathing exercises, better known as pranayama? Pranayama comes from the Sanskrit words “prana,” which means breath or life force and “ayama,” which means to extend or expand. When combined together, they mean extension of life force. 



For those of you who do not know, the Kroc has a commercial kitchen with a classically trained chef. Chef Geoff Schneider has run the Kroc Kitchen and Events Department since 2017.


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.


The Kroc Greenville Family




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.