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Thursday, June 22, 2017

150+ seniors to exercise in St. Marys, Ontario to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday

   ST. MARYS, Ontario -- Wellness for Seniors will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with an exercise class with at least 150 people taking part.

   Participant Nelda Oliver said the Senior Services Wellness Coordinator and Head Fitness instructor will have the seniors participate in the exercise class on June 29th (2017) with everyone wearing red or white shirts for Canada Day.

   The event takes place next Thursday at 10:45 a.m. at the Friendship Centre, 317 James St. S., St. Marys, with the exercise class starting at 11a.m., she said.

   “We will be celebrating our wonderful country,” said Pauline White, Senior Services Wellness Coordinator for the Town of St. Marys.

   “However, I truly feel that not only are we celebrating our country but all the efforts of the participants to be healthy and improve their quality of life as well as the leaders who work so hard to offer an amazing program day after day,” she added.

   A bit of history with the exercise idea regarding the event:
   The South West Local Health Integration Network started a falls prevention strategy targeting seniors to keep them out of emergencies/hospitals rooms due to falls several years ago.

   Several agencies deliver free exercise falls prevention classes to seniors over the South West LHIN area as part of that strategy.

   The Town of St Marys Home Support Services is one of those agencies and works within a collaborative effort with One Care, Mitchell Community Outreach, Milverton Community Outreach, Bluewater Community Connections and Victorian Order of Nurses, covering a variety of services in the Perth Huron and Stratford areas.

   Wellness for Seniors provides older adults with community-based programs and self-management tools to help prevent and manage chronic conditions, while enhancing overall health.

   If anyone is interested in participating in the event, please register in advance by calling the Friendship Centre 519-284-3272. TownofStMarys.com

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