NH sites plan Senior Health Day fairs on WednesdayBy GRETCHEN M. GROSKY
New Hampshire Union Leader
May 30. 2017 2:49AM
“With movement, there’s improvement.”
That’s the theme of this year’s National Senior Health & Fitness Day, an annual event expected to draw 100,000 older Americans to more than 1,000 events across the country this Wednesday. The day is about keeping seniors healthy and fit, and several local senior centers are participating.
“Our goals for Senior Day are to make exercise fun, to increase awareness of the benefits of a regular exercise program for older adults, and to encourage all older adults to take advantage of the many health and fitness programs offered in their communities,” said Patricia Henze, program manager for the national event.
Salem’s Ingram Senior Center is the busiest such center in the state with several hundred people taking advantage of its dozens of programs each weekday, said program and volunteer coordinator Karen Bryant.
The center’s first health and fitness fair will include several exercise demonstrations, plenty of healthy snacks, raffles and other happenings to promote healthy living. The event is open to Salem seniors and will be held at the center at 1 Sally Sweet Way from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We’re trying to inform and let everyone know what we do here to keep them active and busy,” Bryant said.
The GoodLife center in Concord will also be holding events Wednesday. GoodLife is a nonprofit organization offering exercise, recreation, and other programming for any senior in the state at its 254 State St. center, said program manager Lori McKinney.
GoodLife will be hosting demonstrations at its event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beyond the exercise programs, snacks and demonstrations, the Concord Fire Department will be on hand to talk about the importance of smoke detectors, McKinney said.
Bow Recreation will host an event from 9:45 a.m to 10:30 a.m. at the Bow Community Center, 3 Bow Center Road. The event will feature fitness games and educational activities for Bow residents.