October Photo of the Month Winner: City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
Congratulations to the winner of the October Healthy Aging in Parks Photo of the Month Contest, City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department located in Riverside, CA. Trained Walk With Ease instructors have already led 5, 6-week sessions since receiving the grant and have engaged 82 participants.
According to instructor David Garcia, "This class has helped me personally to learn how to motivate, encourage and keep people interested in exercise. My goal is to make walking safe and fun for our seniors. I monitor each class closely and watch for any signs of distress or discomfort. We take regular breaks during our walks. The seniors’ attitude and energy motivates me. They show up three times a week at 8:00 am ready to walk. The walkers stay for coffee and conversation after each session."
Participant Reyna DeSutter had this to say about the program-
"I have been an active member of the “Walk with Ease Program” at the La Sierra Senior Center, Riverside, CA. The encouragement and commitment to the team from our walking leader David helps to keep us motivated. I have osteoarthritis on both knees and I can feel the difference, my knees are definitely less painful, my legs have gotten stronger. The friendship and closeness within our walking group makes it a pleasure to get up, get out and walk! The walking program overall I feel is a great success".
Congratulations to the runners-up, City of Moraine Parks and Recreation- implementing the Walk With Ease Program (left), and the City of West Park Department of Parks and Recreation- implementing the Walk With Ease Program (right).
The Healthy Aging in Parks Contest returns February 2018
Stayed tuned! A new Healthy Aging in Parks Contest will return February 2018. Local park and recreation agencies across the country can showcase how older adults are being engaged and empowered to live healthier lifestyles.