Former trainer to Jacqueline Onassis and Caroline Kennedy, Joan has provided professional guidance to people at all levels of fitness since 1988, creating hundreds of training programs for individuals, groups, businesses, fitness facilities, schools, hospitals and retirement communities.
Joan is also part of the Judson family. Her mom Irene Pekoc was a long-time resident at Judson Manor.
“My mother lived at Judson for 18 years! It was a community where she thrived and had many dear friends. Our family couldn’t have been happier,” says Joan.
You have the chance to meet Joan at “Aging Gracefully Takes Muscle,” a special interactive event held May 16 at South Franklin Circle and May 17 at Judson Park. In addition, she will be a regular health and wellness contributor to the Judson Smart Living blog.
Joan is an authority on the benefits of exercise for women’s health issues such as menopause, osteoporosis, and breast cancer as well as strength training through the decades. She has been featured on CBS, NBC and ABC TV and contributed to such publications as SHAPE, Health, Fitness, Oxygen and Vitality magazines, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Joan is a regular guest on the Doctor Radio Show, Sirius XM Radio.
As fitness consultant to SHARE (a breast cancer support group in NYC), Joan began working with breast cancer survivors in 1992.Their concerns about menopause prompted Joan to study how exercise could help manage the side effects of this stage in life, and in particular how exercise could help fight osteoporosis. Joan developed and delivered Fitness Training Guidelines for Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment to national organizations of exercise professionals. She is recognized by the industry as a leading authority on exercise program design strategies for osteoporosis.
Joan is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as Exercise Physiologist and is a spokesperson for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the world’s largest association for fitness and wellness professionals. She is a Phi Beta Kappa cum laude graduate of Connecticut College, has completed seven marathons, and is a proud member of the Shaker Heights High School Alumni Hall of Fame. She was recently named to the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s Ambassadors Leadership Council.
“Judson is a premiere retirement community and I’m always thrilled to continue visiting and leading wellness programs.”