50+ phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity pro­gram restarted

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The In­door 50+ Walk­ing Pro­gram for the Marys­town-burin area restarted last week.

The Marys­town pro­gram is con­ducted at Sa­cred Heart Academy gym­na­sium, while the Burin Pro­gram takes place at Jamieson Academy gym­na­sium.

The pro­gram is de­signed to serve peo­ple 50 years of age and older in Marys­town and Burin, and neigh­bor­ing towns and com­mu­ni­ties; how­ever, younger adults are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate as well.

The main goal of the pro­gram is to pro­vide a safe age-friendly in­door environmen­t dur­ing the win­ter where the 50+ pop­u­la­tion can im­prove their health through walk­ing and other ex­er­cise com­po­nents that in­clude weight train­ing, flex­i­bil­ity and bal­ance train­ing.

Marys­town: 6:30- 8 p.m. Mon­days, Wed­nes­days – Sa­cred Heart Academy

Burin: 7-8:30 p.m. Tues­days; 45:30 p.m. Thurs­days – Jamieson Academy

Reg­is­tra­tion is $10 bi-monthly; once reg­is­tered, par­tic­i­pants may at­tend ses­sions in Burin and/or Marys­town.

Par­tic­i­pants must re­ceive med­i­cal clear­ance prior to par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram. Screen­ing forms used at reg­is­tra­tion in­clude a Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Readi­ness Ques­tion­naire (PAR-Q), a Con­sent Form and a Health His­tory Ac­tiv­ity Ques­tion­naire.

In most cases, the pro­gram man­ager is able to give med­i­cal clear­ance; if not, a prospec­tive par­tic­i­pant will need clear­ance from his/her fam­ily physi­cian.

These 50+ Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Pro­grams are spon­sored by the re­spec­tive Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sions in Burin and Marys­town.

In ad­di­tion to this pro­gram­ming, the Burin Se­nior Cit­i­zens 50+ Club spon­sors a sim­i­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity pro­gram for club mem­bers at its Club in Burin. This pro­gram is con­ducted three times a week 2-3:30 p.m. Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days. This pro­gram starts this week.

For more de­tails about the phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity pro­grams con­tact Pro­gram Man­ager Gor­don Brock­erville at 279-0380/277-0768.

The 2011 Mariners Ath­let­ics Run­ning Club ‘Box­ing Day Fun Run’ was a ma­jor suc­cess.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion con­tin­ues to grow with a to­tal of 46 walk­ers, jog­gers and run­ners cross­ing the fin­ish line.

MARC hosted the fun run; Edwards and As­so­ci­ates Ltd. spon­sored the event. For the past three years, Edwards and As­so­ci­ates Ltd. has spon­sored the event, off­set­ting the cost to the Club while mak­ing a do­na­tion to a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion.

A to­tal of $246 was do­nated to the Sa­cred Heart Break­fast Pro­gram. Sev­eral boxes of non-per­ish­able food items were also do­nated to the Marys­town Fam­ily Aid.

The fun run started and fin­ished near the Marys­town Sum­mer Games Build­ing. The dis­tance was five kilo­me­ters, mostly on Har­ris Drive and Ville Marie Drive.

In 2012, MARC and Edwards and As­so­ci­ates Ltd. will work to­gether to make the fun run even more suc­cess­ful with a goal of get­ting the reg­is­tra­tion up to 60 or more par­tic­i­pants.

Gord Brock­erville Pho­tos

The In­door 50+ Walk­ing Pro­gram for Marys­town is hosted at Sa­cred Heart Academy twice weekly.

Part of the rou­tine in both Marys­town and Burin is an op­tional light ex­er­cis­ing sec­tion in ad­di­tion to the walk­ing pro­gram.

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