Gar­nish–French­man’s Cove Well­ness Pro­gram wraps up

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS -

From Oc­to­ber 2013 through April 2014, se­niors from Gar­nish and French­man’s Cove met at the Gar­nish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter to work at stay­ing well.

The group de­cided to end the pro­gram Apr. 15 with a lunch that surely put back on a few of the pounds that were lost.

Twice weekly, for more than seven months, par­tic­i­pants, rang­ing in age from their early 50s to late 80s, lifted light weights, worked on bal­ance and

ex­er­cises, walked and stretch­ing more.

For all, it was a so­cial­iz­ing event where friends met to work out, chat and spend some time to­gether, par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant over the long, harsh months of the fall, win­ter and spring just passed.

Now that bet­ter weather has ar­rived, some plan to con­tinue to walk out­side in the fresh air.

Gar­nish is most for­tu­nate to have Sandy Ma­son as a res­i­dent. She has pro- fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence and much ex­pe­ri­ence re­lated to keep­ing se­niors well. All par­tic­i­pants have noth­ing but good words for the ex­er­cise rou­tines planned and led by her.

Gar­nish Town Coun­cil re­ceived a grant from Grand Bank MHA Darin King to sup­port this year’s pro­gram and fund­ing has al­ready been ar­ranged to be­gin again next fall.

Ma­son has said she plans to have the group meet three times a week dur­ing the next ses­sion.

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