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SPECIALIZING IN FUTURES
Th motl nesete of Th Uiesit of th Vigi Island
April 29, 2011 vol xvii, number 4
Unlock the 'Fountain of Youth' at Wellness Center
L orenzo Donastorg
said he knows what
the 'fountain of youth'
is and he wants to share
that with the rest of St.
Thomas. "Everybody is
trying to find the foun-
tain of youth," Donas-
torg said. "We have the
answer in front of us all
the time." The answer Top: Lorenzo Donastorg, right, ex-
Wellness UVIV ITT*II,.'es Center mem-e
is exercise, he said. Do- plains UVI ,.ess Center mem-
nastorg is the coordina- bership and classes to Margaret
tor of UVI's new Well- front, and Kyle M / , foreground,
ness Center on the St. workout at the T,. 'bess Center
"Part of my goal in being here is trying to reach out
to every group, especially those at UVI- students, faculty,
staff and alumni," said Donastorg, who has a Bachelor of
Science degree in exercise science and sports studies, with
a minor in chemistry and technology management. The
Wellness Center opened to much acclaim in September
2010. Donastorg, who was hired in February to lead the
center, is fired-up about increasing the membership, but
Miss UVI Crowned
DaniIelah Henry was crowned
Miss UVI on April 9. Henry
also won the Miss I,.'ellcr,
Miss Popularity and a share
of the Best Business Wear
segments of the competition.
Shf.lelle Farrington was
, named first ranner-up and
- won the competition's Best
segment. D,.'ielle ( i., ,
was named second runner-up
and won the Miss Photogenic,
Best Performing Talent and
Best Evening Wear segments
of the competition. Briana
Henley won the Miss Conge-
niality and a share of the Best
Business Wear segments.
people to live
by being physi-
"It's not like
S you come in
and you're just
left to yourself,"
come in and see
and I can give
them a work out
regimen," he said. But even if Donastorg is not available,
the Wellness Center's staff will be available to familiarize
users with the equipment and help them get started.
"He started me off here," Gwendolyn E. Brown said
proudly of one of the center's student employees, Ciaran
Phillip. Brown said that when she first joined the cen-
ter she was new to all the equipment. She asked Phillip
to start her off slowly. "Now I'm taking classes five days
a week," Brown exclaimed. "And my blood chemistry is
outstanding," added Brown, who is diabetic and hyper-
tensive. "My purpose is to be healthy and this is the best
place for me because it is affordable," said Brown, who is
also a UVI alumna. "The pounds will come off, and that's
The 6,250 square-foot center is located southwest of
See Wellness Center on next page
Susan L. Tavlor Tells Women to Find Their Callina
L oss, pain, grief - everyone has experi-
enced those things at some point in life.
But they are not all bad, said Susan L. Taylor,
renowned as the editor of Essence magazine
for almost four decades. "All the breakups,
all the shakeups, all the things that happen
in your life are heaven sent," she said. "They
are sent for your awakening." Each person
though, must ask themselves, "what is it that
this pain, this shame has come to teach you,"
she said. Susan
Taylor was the featured speaker at the
Alfred 0. Heath Distinguished Lecture Series of the
University of the Virgin Islands. In a presentation titled
Wellness Center Continued
the Sports and Fitness Center. It has a mirrored aero-
bics and dance studio with a sprung wood floor, a fitness
equipment room with weight training and cardiovascular
equipment, and men's and women's locker rooms. In ad-
dition, the center offers fitness classes such as Optimum
Performance Training (OPT) Sculpt, Boot Camp, Zum-
ba, Line Dancing, RIPPED and Kickboxing. UVI Physi-
cal Education courses are also held in the center.
UVI freshman Hanisha Pamnani's regimen includes
using the fitness machines and taking classes. "I love
Zumba," she said, "love, love, love it."
Margaret Brandy Semper, who stopped by one Friday
morning to get information, wanted to take a class on the
spot. "I'm so excited and motivated," about the center, she
said. "I can smell the newness of it."
Donastorg is certified by the National Academy of
Sports Medicine (NASM) as a personal trainer, corrective
exercise specialist and performance enhancement special-
"Women and Health: the Search for Bal-
ance," Taylor told the audience that they
should begin each day with thoughtful re-
flection, exercise and a healthy breakfast.
She explained that because women usually
have so many things to do, they often begin
and end their day in a rush, which has nega-
tive effect on women's lives in the long-run
she said. "Wake up every morning and say
'I'm loving me,'" she said.
. Taylor Most of Taylor's lecture focused on the
emotional and spiritual health of women.
She challenged women to find their purpose in life. "Are
you answering your calling," she asked.
ist. He is also RIPPED and CPR/AED certified. Donas-
torg noted that the results of exercise outweigh the cost
of membership to the center. "I want to make people want
to come down here," he said. Expect fitness and weight
loss challenges, and a special faculty/staff fitness program
in the future, Donastorg said. "I want to get the gym filled
with people," he said. "It will happen. It's just a matter of
Membership packages are available for the general
public, faculty/staff, alumni and senior citizens. The cost
for students is covered in their tuition/fees.
For more information call UVI's Wellness Center at
Editor's note: Please consult with a physician before begin-
ning any exercise program.
IA't;f4: UVI is a production of the UVI Public Rela-
tions Office. Contact us by telephone at 340-693-1056 or by
fax at 340-693-1055.
k.WL : UVI
2 John Brewer's Bay
St. Thomas, VI 00802
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