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Senior Health Day at Lemoore Recreation

Tables set up by several agencies offered information and services to people during a previous National Senior Health and Fitness Day at the Lemoore Recreation Center.

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LEMOORE — The Lemoore Recreation Department will be hosting an event meant to encourage its senior citizens to become more physically active and healthy Wednesday in celebration of National Senior Health and Fitness Day.

Recreation coordinator Sheila Taylor said the event will begin at 8 a.m. and will go until 11 a.m.

Taylor said the day’s events will begin with a free breakfast for all the attendants provided by the American Legion Post #100 in Lemoore, who volunteers to make the breakfast every year. The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs and fruit for food, and coffee and juice for drinks.

“We try to keep it a little bit on the healthy side,” Taylor said jokingly of their decision to include fruit.

Taylor said the main focus of the event will be its exercise demonstrations, which will be hosted by volunteer instructor, Dr. Ernie Smith.

Smith, 70, said he would like to focus on the motion of walking and how to execute it correctly.

“Walking in itself is the single most important activity we can do,” he said. “As opposed to running, walking is a lot more natural for us.”

Smith added that other demonstrations will include muscle-toning exercises, strength building exercises using free weights and stretch bands, and stretching exercises meant to increase the flexibility in the legs and back.

“I hope they see the importance of staying active, the importance of remaining mobile, the importance of exercising the body so that their quality of life is enhanced,” Smith said.

Taylor echoed Smith’s sentiments on the importance of exercise in the quality of life of senior citizens but also added that one of the goals of the event is to get more people to join the Witness for Fitness club.

Witness for Fitness is a club that meets every Tuesday and Thursday and is aimed at keeping senior citizens in the best physical shape possible. Taylor said the club has about 70 members.

“It’s just such an enjoyable and fascinating thing to watch 70 seniors exercising and socializing and having a wonderful time,” Taylor said. “And we want to get more and more seniors involved in a routine like that.”

Taylor said that on top of the breakfast and exercise demonstrations there will also be a number of vendors providing health-related screenings and services.

  • Hanford Post Acute will be checking blood pressure.
  • Lemoore Police will be making senior ID cards.
  • Adventist Health will be assessing an individual’s risk of falling.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Garcia from Lemoore Eye Care will be answering questions on vision.
  • Kings Area Rural Transit (KART) will be going over bus routes.
  • PRO PT Physical Therapy and Kings Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will be there to answer any questions about health issues the attendants may have.

Taylor added that about 10 door prizes would be given away at the event. The prizes include pedometers, health packages and even free breakfasts at local restaurants.

Taylor just hopes that through this event the attendees are led understand how important exercise is regardless of their age.

“I want them to be inspired to know that it is never too late to become physically fit,” Taylor said. “We want our senior community to know that we care.”

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