Easy Strid­ers pro­gram con­tin­ues to be pop­u­lar

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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’.

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