Orange County Celebrates Senior Health and Fitness Day - Daily Hudson Valley News

Orange County Celebrates Senior Health and Fitness Day

May 20th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana and Office for the Aging (OFA) Director AnnMarie Maglione are pleased to announce Orange County Senior Health and Fitness Day as part of the County’s Older American’s Month recognition.

Several Orange County Departments are working together to bring Orange County Senior Health and  Fitness Day to Thomas Bull Memorial Park on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 am -2 pm. The Office for the Aging, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, and the Department of Health are providing facilities, programs, activities, and personnel to encourage Orange County seniors to exercise, eat well, and have fun on this special day. Local businesses and vendors will also participate with information booths and giveaways.

“The Office for the Aging is always proactive in reaching out to our County’s older adults with resources to help them stay fit and enjoy life longer,” said County Executive Diana. “The OFA staff has done a great job of gathering together so many community partners to provide an informative, interactive, and fun Health and Fitness Day again this year. I hope all older adults will come out, learn a little, and have a good time.”

The activities will center on the Boathouse and Lake Pavilion at the park. At 10:30 am, a walk will be led by Sue Nichols, OFA’s popular nutritionist and Registered Dietician. Danielle Moser and her team from the County’s Department of Health will demonstrate the park’s fitness trail, and Healthy Orange will offer a variety of health information. ShopRite Supermarkets will provide a healthy light lunch.

Hudson Valley Heart Center, Montgomery Village Pharmacy, Dr. Laura Piluso, Podiatrist, Shop Rite Supermarkets, Access Physical Therapy, Crystal Run Healthcare, and Orange Regional Medical Center are some of the businesses who will participate with information tables and health screenings. In addition to the Department of Health, Community Development and Emergency Services will have tables. Other agencies and organizations include: AARP, SUNY Orange’s Center for Rehabilitative and Adaptive Technology, Cornell Cooperative Extension/Orange County, Hospice of Orange/Sullivan, and Pets Alive. Anyone who brings a donation of a pet supply, pet food, or cash for Pets Alive will be entered into a special drawing.

Allison Johannessen, RSVP Coordinator at OFA, will be on hand to provide information on volunteer opportunities. There is scientific evidence to support the concept of volunteering as a healthy habit.

Ivy Strausberg from Bare Fitness’ Silver Sneakers program in Goshen will lead a Silver Sneakers exercise class at 11:30 am and Stefanie Hubert of Cornell Cooperative Extension/Orange County will do a healthy cooking education session and demonstration at 1 pm with recipes, handouts, and samples.

There will be a variety of special raffles and prizes, both from the participating businesses and the Orange County Arboretum. The whole day is free and open to any Orange County resident over the age of 60.

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