Orange County to Celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day - Daily Hudson Valley News

Orange County to Celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day

May 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Community Calendar

Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana and Office for the Aging Director Ann Marie Maglione are pleased to announce Orange County’s recognition of National Senior Health and Fitness Day. Through the collaboration of several County departments, including Office for the Aging, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, and the Department of Health, Orange County is providing facilities, programs, and personnel to encourage Orange County seniors to exercise, eat well, and have fun at the Health and Fitness Day Wednesday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Thomas Bull Memorial Park. Local businesses and vendors will also participate with information booths and giveaways.

“The Office for the Aging has reached out to so many community partners to put together an informative, interactive, and fun Health and Fitness Day for our County’s seniors,” said County Executive Diana. “I encourage seniors to do something good for themselves and check it out.”

The activities will center around the Park’s Boathouse and Lake Pavilion. A walk is being organized and the Fitness Trail will be available for all to try. A visit to the Arboretum will be part of the day for gardening demonstrations to encourage this healthy hobby.

Healthy Orange, part of the Orange County Department of Health, will conduct health screenings, distribute health information, and lead a walk in the park, as well as facilitate the Fitness Trail.

Montgomery Village Pharmacy will provide a program on drug interactions that will include a “Brown Bag” analysis. Participants may bring the prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins and food supplements they regularly take to the event in a brown bag. A pharmacist will then review the brown bag contents for adverse drug/supplement combinations and advise participants to speak with their doctor if some medications appear unnecessary. The pharmacists will also accept unwanted or expired prescription medications.

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.

Sue Nichols, OFA Nutritionist, will create Health Risk Profiles for participants and provide health literature, as well as recommendations for life-style changes.

Stefanie Hubert, of Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County, will do a healthy cooking demonstration and samples will be available. Shop Rite will be on hand with healthy snacks.

Kacie Grieco, of The Mental Health Association, will teach a Zumba Gold class. A stretching workshop is also planned.

Students from the Center for Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology, (CART) at SUNY Orange County Government, will demonstrate the CarFit Program, a program designed to help older drivers stay in the driver’s seat longer and in a safe manner.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch, picnic in beautiful Thomas Bull Memorial Park, and thoroughly enjoy the Health and Fitness Day.

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