Grand Junction CO 410

Ageless and Inspired at the Western Colorado Senior Games

By Lorie Gregor | Posted on April 1, 2019

For the past 19 years, the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department has been hosting the Western Colorado Senior Games. During this week-long event you will see over 300 athletes aged 50+ having the time of their life, and folks from cities and towns across the state of Colorado and the surrounding states unite in friendly athletic competition.

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Jamestown RI 410 2

Active Living in Jamestown

By Betsey Anderson and Deb Hagie | Posted on March 26, 2019

Implementing new programs can sometimes be difficult in a small community. However, for Jamestown Parks and Recreation, this was not the case. With many programs offered for older adults such as aqua therapeutics, chair yoga, and nutrition education, Jamestown truly represents participants sense of well-being and community.

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Palm Beach County FL 410

Palm Beach County is creating opportunities for healthy, happy living!

By Jackie Lambert | Posted on March 1, 2019

A benefit of the program that most participants did not expect was the camaraderie and support from their peers. The 30-minute group setting discussions provided a sense of belonging and social support and was so much more than discussing a health topic.

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Sparks NV 410

Healthy Aging in Sparks, Nevada

By Cindy Brantner | Posted on February 28, 2019

The City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department has been offering senior Aquacise and senior H2O Fitness classes for the last 20+ years. For many, the classes are not only their exercise for the day, but their main source of social interactions.

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Brooklyn Park MN 410

Life Makeover at Age 63

By Kristie Walker | Posted on January 10, 2019

Not long after moving to Minnesota, Deb was looking to make friends and find an exercise path that would keep her motivated and accountable. What she found was the Walk With Ease (WWE) program, designed for individuals wanting to increase physical activity engagement in a group setting.

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Arkansas City KS 410

Solving Transportation Barriers to Increase Access to Meals

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on January 4, 2019

So often, children lack a safe way to physically get to a summer recreation site, where they can eat healthy meals, participate in physical activity, and engage in social and emotional connections with their peers.

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Tualatin OR 410 2

All Abilities Tri4Youth Allows Everyone to Compete

By Julie Rocha | Posted on December 5, 2018

No one sits on the sidelines at the All Abilities Tri4Youth. For the second year, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and FACT Oregon proudly hosted the safe, fun, fully-accessible race that emphasizes inclusion.

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Chanute KS 410

Chanute is Thankful for Foods of the Month

By Julie Aikens | Posted on November 19, 2018

2018 Healthy Out-of-School Time grantee agency Chanute Recreation Commission in Chanute, Kansas, recently decided to get in the holiday spirit by cooking up a Thanksgiving-inspired meal using only Foods of the Month during their afterschool program.

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Lake Havasu AZ 410

Walking With Ease in Lake Havasu City

By Swan Cooke | Posted on November 6, 2018

Residents and visitors in Lake Havasu City, AZ, realize the importance of staying active. Through a new program called ‘Walk With Ease’ being offered by the Lake Havasu City Parks and Recreation Department, adults are improving their health by walking and socializing

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Chatauqua NY 410

Cue the Pointer Sisters: The Falconer Walkers Rock!

By Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller | Posted on October 22, 2018

Chautauqua County Parks Department partners with the Chautauqua County Health Department and Chautauqua County Office for the Aging to offer the Walk With Ease program to communities throughout Chautauqua County to encourage residents to energize and enjoy the great outdoors, while learning about safe and comfortable walking and strategies to overcome challenges to effectively manage arthritis.

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Mustang OK 410

Healthy Aging Through Mustang Parks and Recreation

By Ashley Wisner | Posted on September 19, 2018

Since 2014, City of Mustang (OK) Parks and Recreation Senior Center has been offering evidence-based physical activity programs targeted at older adults with chronic conditions.

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Placentia CA 410

Shaking Things Up and Changing Lifestyles in Placentia

By Jocelyn Garcia and Vinnie Villapando | Posted on August 31, 2018

Placentia, California, may be known for its quiet neighborhoods, but Placentia Senior Center is shaking things up thanks to two new fun and effective evidence-based physical activity programs: Walk With Ease and Active Living Every Day.

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Santa Clara CA Senior Center 410

Active Living Every Day at the Santa Clara Senior Center

By Wendy Talbert | Posted on August 6, 2018

The Santa Clara Senior Center overcame barriers to healthy living in seniors by offering a wide range of health and wellness programs for older adults to stay active, while also filling a gap in programming.

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Mooresville NC 410

Getting Fit & Strong! With Mooresville Parks and Recreation

By Barbara Johnson | Posted on June 18, 2018

The Mooresville Parks and Recreation Department changed the narrative that chronic pain is a part of aging by partnering with a local senior center to help build strong, healthy and happy older adults through the Fit & Strong! program.

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Carlsbad CA 410

City of Carlsbad Dances the Night Away at “Senior” Prom

By Mike Pacheco | Posted on June 5, 2018

Older adults in the City of Carlsbad had the opportunity to relive or experience their high school senior prom for the first time, complete with live music, refreshments, dance contests, and lasting memories.

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Newport OR 410

Improving the Lives of Older Adults with Arthritis and Chronic Pain

By Peggy O’Callaghan | Posted on May 11, 2018

In the state of Oregon, 27 percent of adults 18 years and older have arthritis and suffer from chronic joint pain, stiffness and swelling. For these residents living with arthritis and chronic pain in Newport, OR, the Newport 60+ Activity Center is providing a physical activity program, Walk With Ease, proven to reduce the pain associated with arthritis.

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ElPaso TX 410

Smoke-Free Parks – A Win/Win for Everyone

By Tracy Novak | Posted on May 3, 2018

Beginning in 2015, thanks to an updated ordinance passed by the El Paso City Council, no smoking of any kind was allowed in city parks. The Parks and Recreation Department posted no-smoking signs at every park and provided training for Parks and Recreation Department employees. Most smoke free ordinances are self-enforcing once the public is aware of the law.

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Goodyear AZ 410

A Healthier Generation of Older Adults for the City of Goodyear

By Richard Ortiz | Posted on April 9, 2018

Goodyear recently welcomed a new evidence-based physical activity program, Walk With Ease, which has been a huge success. The program has helped to improve overall physical activity engagement among all the participants, which in turn has resulted in observable improvements in physical function as well as social and mental health benefits.

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