There’s a newcomer to the world of workouts opening in Delray Beach: Xtend Barre.

The new location of the worldwide franchise, created by former professional dancer and choreographer Andrea Rogers, is celebrating the launch of its Delray Beach studio on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

The Xtend Barre program features a Pilates-based, dance-amplified workout that uses the ballet barre, yoga straps, balls, weights, and stretch bands to maximize fat burning, improve posture, tone and lengthen muscles. The workout is ideal for busy moms and working professionals as participants are able to complete a full body workout—including cardio and stretching—in just 55 minutes, according to the company’s website at http://www.xtendbarredelraybeach.com/.

Boynton Beach resident Stacie Willhite-Mauro, is owner and instructor at the new location. She grew up studying all forms of dance and was a cheerleader. After becoming a full-time mom, she searched for a fitness regime which she enjoyed and would incorporate her passion for dance. Once she found Xtend Barre, she instantly knew it was perfect for her needs. She loves that Xtend provides a full-body workout, which includes lengthening and stretching. Willhite-Mauro became mat Pilates certified through Power Pilates and Xtend Barre and Stick certified, according to the Xtend Barre website.

For those who are intrigued, classes are free the first week.

“The May 4 kickoff will be the start our week of free classes. We will have an Xtend Barre class that day with Laurie at 930 and an Xtend Stick class with Andreina at 10:45. There will be two classes each day that week that will be free. We will also be running a special sale that week on packages,” according to Mauro.

Classes start at $20 a class, but package pricing is available. For more information, call 561/265-5174, or visit http://www.xtendbarredelraybeach.com.

Xtend Barre also has locations in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. To find those, go to: http://xtendbarreworkout.com/new/state/florida/.

Lace up!

Boca Raton Road Runner has announced its 36th Annual Memorial Day Family Affair 5K, youth mile and little people run.

When: Monday May 27, 2013, starting at 7:30 am.

Where: 900 Broken Sound Blvd, Boca Raton, 33487.

Tee shirts, awards to age group winners and 250 Publix pies to be given away to 5K runners!

Registration is $30 for the 5K, if you register before race day. Discounts are available. For more about pricing or the race in general, go to http://memorialdayfamilyaffair.com/ or call the Runner’s Edge at 561/361-1950.

Local hospital earns awards

West Boca Medical Center has earned the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its excellence in the treatment of patients with heart failure. Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to improve outcomes, prevent future hospitalizations and prolong life.

Under Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

In other news…

West Boca Diagnostic Imaging Center has achieved a three-year term of accreditation in breast ultrasound as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and better treat medical conditions. Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast. The American College of Radiology’s gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety, according to a West Boca Medical Center press release.

For more information about West Boca Medical Center or for physician referral, call 866-904-WBMC (9262) or visit the website at www.westbocamedctr.com.

About Lisette:

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The long-time Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on www.wordscomealive.com.