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My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program
My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Reservations are now open at the Loutit District Library for a new twelve-week senior fitness program meeting on Mondays, beginning Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Fridays beginning Sept.12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program is presented by Gayle Patterson from AgeWell in Muskegon. A one-time registration admits participants to all 24 sessions.  Participants must register by Sept. 5 at www.loutitlibrary.org or by calling (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

"Fit & Strong!" is an award-winning, multi-component, evidence-based physical activity program for seniors 60 years of age and older. This 12-week program targets older adults with osteoarthritis and has demonstrated significant functional and physical activity improvements in older adults.

Fit & Strong! helps participants:

  • Gain a clear understanding of what osteoarthritis is and how physical activity that is tailored to the needs of persons with arthritis can help them manage arthritis symptoms
  • Learn to perform safe stretching, balance, aerobic and strengthening exercises which gradually increase in frequency, duration and intensity over time
  • Incorporate physical activity into their lifestyles by exercising three times/week for one hour and stretching 5-7 days per week
  • Reduce arthritis symptoms
  • Develop individualized, tailored, multiple component physical activity programs that are sustainable after the program ends
  • Maintain independent functioning

The first hour of the class begins with stretching, then gets into strength training including leg weights, aerobic walking and ends with stretching. The last half-hour is time spent on health education. This is a free series paid for by a grant from Senior Resources. For more information, visit www.tanglewoodpark.info or call (231) 733-8699 or the library at www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven, Michigan. LDL serves 35,540 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District. LDL offers a collection of over 145,581 items and provides educational, informative, cultural and recreational programs for all ages. LDL is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative.

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