The Oxygen Plan and The Rochester Athletic Club Team Up to Reduce Stress

The Oxygen Plan and The Rochester Athletic Club Team Up to Reduce Stress

Stress Test – The Oxygen Plan

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 31, 2011

Employee stress drains $ 400 billion a year from U.S. employers–almost $ 5,000 per employee/year. Stress is the number one modifiable health risk in the United States and is linked to several chronic conditions. Stress also impacts short term health and wellness because people are more likely to eat emotionally, drink, smoke or engage in risky behavior when they are stressed.

When it comes to the health club industry, stress is one of the biggest obstacles members encounter in the pursuit of their goals. The stress from a few different dimensions — work, home and social stress, along with the internal stress of behavior change inherent with trying something new, can be huge obstacles for health club members. Stress leads to missed workouts, lack of energy and poor adherence to personal goals. Stress also negatively impacts sleep quantity and quality.

Consistent with its overall strategy of providing innovative holistic solutions for behavior change for its members, The Rochester Athletic Club is implementing The Oxygen Plan. “We see The Oxygen Plan as a great companion program to what we deliver,” says Wes Emmert, Fitness Director at The Rochester Athletic Club. “For optimal results, the ideal program encompasses much more than simply working out at the gym. Lifestyle choices and behaviors are fundamental to reaching the desired outcomes. We believe The Oxygen Plan’s user friendly system is a significant innovation for the health club industry.”

The entire training staff has been trained on using The Oxygen Plan online to help members reduce stress. Through August, The Rochester Athletic Club and The Oxygen Plan will waive the $ 9/month subscription fee. Interested RAC members and nonmembers alike can contact anyone on the fitness staff to get started.

About The Oxygen Plan

The Oxygen Plan is a revolutionary new behavior change program designed to help employees recognize and reduce stress, live healthier, happier lives while helping employers lower health care costs and improve productivity and employee engagement. The Oxygen Plan, co-developed by Dr. Donald E. Williams, board-certified clinical health psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology/ABPP), and Chief Science Officer, and Founder, Eric Lucas, is the only stress reduction program to use a patent-pending green, yellow, red color coding to easily facilitate stress recognition and behavior change for individuals and organizations. The Oxygen Plan is also the home of the Stress Number™, the new health metric, and first to quantify stress levels. For more information visit


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Ottawa Martial Arts Specialist Douvris to Open New Dojo at the Prestigious Ottawa Athletic Club

Announcing the grand opening of the 7th Douvris Martial Arts location in the National Capital Region, Ottawa and the Outaouais. The Grand Opening is scheduled for 22nd August and OAC members, Douvris members and members of the public are all welcome to check out the new facilities.

The new club will be offering the entire suite of Douvris services most notably, kids karate, adult karate and adult fitness kickboxing. Comprising of three elements, kickboxing, cardio bag and body shape, the kickboxing classes are taught by martial arts instructors and are the ultimate way to get in shape.

The ever popular kids karate classes cater for ages 4-6 (Tykes) and 7-17 (Youth) making the Ottawa Athletic Club the ideal location for family health and fitness.

Marc Peterson, General Manager of the Ottawa Athletic Club commented, “The Ottawa Athletic Club is very excited to welcome Douvris Martial Arts Centre, to its newest location here at the OAC! Douvris Martial Arts and the OAC are a perfect pairing – leaders in their respective fields coming together to provide Ottawa with the most complete diversity of family fitness available!”

Expert Instruction

The classes will be conducted by two of Ottawa’s finest martial arts Instructors:

Sensei Robbie Lavoie started training when he was just four years old and received his Black Belt at the age of nine. Sensei Robbie has been a senior instructor at Douvris Martial Arts and Fitness Centers for the past nine years. He is also a member of the most prestigious sport karate team in the world, the American All Stars. Currently he is the World Kickboxing Council (WKC), World All Style Kickboxing Organization (W.A.K.O.), and North America Sport Karate Association (NASKA) lightweight champion. He is also a member of the WKC Canadian National Karate Team.

Sensei Nick Douvris started training in karate when he was four years old. At the age of ten he attained his junior Black Belt and has been training ever since. Throughout a busy schedule playing Junior level hockey in Ottawa and later in the Montreal area, karate training figured prominently in his life. He credits his karate background for his successful hockey career. Sensei Nick is currently attending Carleton University and teaching at Douvris Martial Arts. He is also a member of the World Kickboxing Council (WKC) Canadian National Karate Team.

John Douvris Founder of Douvris Martial Arts also commented, “The Ottawa Athletic Club was an obvious choice for us given how much we have in common particularly our strong philosophy on family fitness. We are delighted to partner with them in this venture”.

Whether you or your child’s ambition is to be a future world champion, get in shape, gain confidence or simply join a family friendly club, the new Douvris Martial Arts club at The OAC is an ideal location.

About Ottawa Athletic Club

Founded in 1976 the OAC has been a leader in health and fitness in the national capital region for over three decades. 2011 saw the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation project. A new look but the same mission, to enhance the quality of life through the promotion and education of healthy lifestyles, physical fitness and sports for the entire family. Everyone from tiny tots to hard core athletes, to active seniors have made the OAC their own.

Contact information:

Ottawa Athletic Club
2525 Lancaster Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1B 4L5
Tel: (613) 523-1540


About Douvris Martial Arts

Founded in 1984 Douvris Martial Arts has established an enviable reputation for martial arts training and fitness kickboxing. Many Douvris instructors are former students and current WKC world champions keen to pass on the legacy to the next generation of champions. With 7 Ottawa locations, Douvris is the longest established and largest martial arts club in the Ottawa region.

Contact information
Cathy Douvris
Douvris Martial Arts
1270 Bank Street,
Ottawa K1S 3Y4