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February 10, 2012 > Seniors: Walk This Way to Better Health!

Seniors: Walk This Way to Better Health!

Submitted By Shawn Fong

"Walk this Way" is a free, 16-week program for seniors that integrates walking, flexibility, strength and balance exercises with fun games and educational topics. Seniors participating in the program will receive a free pedometer and walking logs; obtain training on various exercises; learn about health, nutrition, and safety; find out about local community resources; and, get support from others to stay motivated and achieve their individual fitness goals.

Operated by the City of Fremont Human Services Department, the classes are taught by fitness instructors from Generations Community Wellness, a non-profit organization. The program is funded by a generous grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

Seniors who took part in the past programs commented on how much fun the classes were and how the program benefitted them. Through the exercises they learned in class, participants saw major improvements in the endurance, balance and flexibility. Many seniors mentioned how the program helped them avoid injuries, decrease their blood pressure, better manage their diabetes and improve their nutrition.

The Walk This Way program is free and open to seniors of all fitness levels. Classes are starting soon at the following locations:

Newark Silliman Center
6800 Mowry Ave., Newark
February 14 - June 5, (Tuesdays): 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Union City Kennedy Center
133 Decoto Rd., Union City
February 15 - June 6, (Wednesdays): 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Centerville Community Center
3355 Country Dr., Fremont
February 16 - June 7, (Thursdays): 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Centerville Presbyterian Church
4360 Central Ave., Fremont
February 17 - June 8, (Fridays): 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Registration is required. For more information or to register for a Walk This Way session, please call Monica Gloria, City of Fremont Human Services Department, at (510) 574-2053. To learn more about ongoing classes and activities, visit www.fremont.gov.

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