Sitting down with Shawn McDougall, director of health, fitness and wellness education at the Ross JCC
He was born in Minnesota and lives in Boca Raton.
The Lore and Eric F. Ross Jewish Community Center is located at 8500 Jog Road in West Boynton.
McDougall is responsible for coordinating a pink treadmill fundraising event and for the Pink Ribbon Wellness Club.
A pink treadmill was at the JCC for the past month and Gym Source, an equipment supplier, is going to donate 10 cents for every mile put on the treadmill to the Pink Ribbon Wellness Club scholarship so women battling breast cancer can use the program.
What is the JCC Pink Ribbon Club?
“A 12-week wellness plan for breast cancer survivors or high-risk women. We meet twice a week and focus on improving exercise habits and overall health. After a cancer diagnosis, people go into a shell … this functions as a support group to share stories with
one another and then see the big changes physically.”
The pink treadmill was there until Oct. 31. How much money was raised?
“We won’t know till they actually come in. We know at minimum they are going to give us $500 in addition to the miles and on top of the 10 cents, so that is a nice gesture.”
How did this program start?
“A local vendor Gym Source came across the info about our club and said he had this pink treadmill. The scholarship is to help those who can’t pay for the 12-week offering.”
What is the club’s goal?
“The big picture is to bring awareness and taking care of the issue of breast cancer and getting it diagnosed.”
How did you get involved with the JCC with fitness?
“For me, I come from a small town and have always been athletic. I ran track in college and still stay active … I just see the importance in quality of life.”
What are your future plans for the JCC?
“I am looking to add a support group to the Pink Ribbon Club and get us involved in the Komen Walk at end of January next year.”