Easy Striders program continues to be popular
The winter indoor Physical Activity Programming for the 50+ population and seniors in the Burin-marystown Seniors area continues to be popular.
The 50+ physical activity programs at Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) in Marystown and at Jamieson Academy School ( JAS) in Burin, which were implemented in 2009 through a Provincial Wellness Grant from the Department of Health and Community Services, are now sponsored by the respective recreation commissions in each town.
Complimenting these 50+ programs at the local schools, the Burin Senior Citizens 50+ Club conducts a similar program for its members at the Club. This program is made possible through a 2011 Age-friendly Seniors Grant from the Department of Health and Community Services.
After the Christmas break, all three programs restarted in the first week of January and will continue until May.
At the end of February, participation peaked at 38 participants at JAS and 44 at SHA. While the program is designed to meet the needs and interests of the 50+ population, younger adults are invited to register in the program.
Registration at the Burin Senior Citizens 50+ Club is nearing maximum capacity with 24 participants registered to date. Participants at the Senior Citizens Club range in age from 65 to 84.
During February, also known as ‘Health Month’, participants celebrated from the 13th to the 17th by wearing red to bring attention to the importance of physical activity in maintaining a healthy heart. Participants also received Canada’s newest physical activity guidelines.
During each session, participants walk and talk while listening to various music including traditional Newfoundland, country and rock. They take rest breaks and chat while watching other members walk or participate in optional exercises which include strength training, using resistance tubes and light free weights, followed by balance and flexibility exercises, and closing with relaxation breathing.
The current 2012 schedule for the physical activity programs in the Burin-marystown area is as follows: DAY/TIME PROGRAM LOCATION Mondays 2-3:30 p.m. Burin Seniors Muriel Isaacs Club 6:30-8 p.m. Marystown 50+ SHA Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m. Burin 50+ JAS Wednesdays 2-3:30 p.m. Burin Seniors Muriel Isaacs Club 6:30-8 p.m. Marystown 50+ SHA Fridays 2-3:30 p.m. Burin Seniors Muriel Isaacs Club 4-5:30 p.m. Burin 50+ JAS
Registration for the 50+ Program is $10 bi-monthly; once registered, participants may attend sessions in Burin and/or Marystown. The next bi-monthly session starts Mar. 1.
There is no registration fee for the Burin 50+ Seniors Citizens Program.
For more details about these physical activity programs contact Program Manager, Gordon Brockerville at 279-0380/2770768 or by e-mail at ‘gbrock[email protected]link.ca’.