The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 10, 2013

Senior Services adds free fitness program

By B.J. Drye, Editor

Thursday, January 10, 2013 — Stanly County Senior Services is kicking off the new year with a new way of helping residents stay fit.

Through a $1,100 grant from the Stanly County Community Foundation, Senior Services is implementing the Fun-Tastic Fitness Program.

The free program gives seniors the opportunity to have regular exercise to help prevent or delay diabetes, heart trouble, arthritis pain, anxiety and depression, according to Senior Services.

Classes will be offered once per week for eight weeks beginning Jan. 15 at the Norwood and Oakboro nutrition sites and Jan. 16 at the Albemarle and Locust nutrition sites. All classes will be from 10:15-11 a.m.

“We have seen tremendous success in our revamping of our exercise program. Unfortunately, we see few, if any, seniors who live out in the county participating, which is probably due to traveling into Albemarle to the Senior Center,” said Becky Weemhoff, director of Stanly County Senior Services.

“This grant will enable us to go out into the county now to provide a fitness program for all seniors. We know that this Fun-Tastic Fitness Program will bring needed health benefits to seniors in all areas of the county, especially since there is no cost or fee for the exercise program.

“We have heard many success stories from those who have participated in the exercise program at the Senior Center such as ‘I can finally touch my toes after so many years of not being able to’ and ‘I have gone off some of my medications since I have been exercising.’

“We are excited to bring Fun-Tastic Fitness Program out to the communities in the county and see the same type of results from these participants. Our thanks to the Stanly County Community Foundation who are funding this program.”

The nutrition sites are at:

Norwood Community Building, 247 W. Turner St., Norwood;

Oakboro Boy Scout Hut, 626 N. Long St., Oakboro;

Elizabeth Heights Community Building, 509 Martin Luther King Dr., Albemarle;

Locust Community Building, 101 Officer Jeff Shelton Dr., Locust.

For more information, call the Senior Center at (704) 986-3769.