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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.