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Celtics, New England Baptist Hospital Celebrate Halloween with Fifth Annual Sr. Celtics Fitness Initiative

Cedric Maxwell, Brian Scalabrine dressed up and on site for Halloween-themed workout class, wellness presentation

The Boston Celtics and New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) combined exercise, wellness, and fun this afternoon at the Roxbury Tenants of Harvard Community Center, as they joined over 150 elderly adults in a Halloween-themed exercise class and wellness/fitness presentation as part of the fifth annual Sr. Celtics fitness initiative.

Celtics Legends Cedric Maxwell and Brian Scalabrine – dressed up in Halloween costumes – accompanied New England Baptist Hospital staff members, Dr. Kevin Bernard,  Kim Castro, and Bryan Truscott in leading the exercise class.

“It’s encouraging to see these Sr. Celtics out here today making that commitment towards living a healthy lifestyle,” said Scalabrine. “You have the exercising aspect, which is fun and creates an upbeat atmosphere, but more importantly there’s the wellness discussion providing them with information and knowledge extending well beyond today’s festivities.”

“New England Baptist Hospital is committed to keeping the seniors in our community active, healthy and moving” said David A. Passafaro, NEBH President. “Increasing access to exercise and keeping all of us moving are keys to enhancing quality of life.” “The “Senior Celtics” is just one way we can give back to the community and teach older adults about the important benefits of fitness.”

The wellness presentation, led by NEBH physiatrist and back pain specialist Dr. Kevin Bernard, followed the exercise class and informed the group about back pain and how to manage and prevent such injuries. A series of raffles and other basketball giveaways, in addition to a high-flying dunk show by Celtics Mascot “Lucky” the Leprechaun and the JetBlue Flight Crew, concluded the event.

About the Boston Celtics
A charter member of the Basketball Association of America (which evolved into the National Basketball Association) since 1946, the Boston Celtics have won a record 17 NBA Championships, including eight (8) in a row from 1959-1966, winning their first title in 1957 and their most recent in 2008. The Celtics have long stood for equality and respect, including hiring the first African American Coach and starting the first all black starting five. In addition, 39 former Celtics players, management or staff have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In December 2002 the team returned to local ownership for the first time since 1963. For more information on the Celtics, log on to www.celtics.com. 

About New England Baptist Hospital
New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is the premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. NEBH has been nationally recognized for high patient satisfaction and leadership in quality and clinical outcomes. The Hospital is committed to improving the health and well-being of those living throughout its community by providing opportunities for people of all ages to be active, stay social and keep moving. NEBH is a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine and conducts teaching programs in collaboration with Harvard Medical School. NEBH has been the official hospital of the Boston Celtics for over 30 years.

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