Age Safe America takes health and fitness seriously for the millions of Americans now over 50. Exercise, nutrition and hydration are key to keeping the body strong and enjoying a long and independent life. This year for the 23rd Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day Fritzi Gros-Daillon Chief Advocacy Officer for Age Safe America will conduct the Health and Home Safety presentation for the San Diego event which is taking place at the War Memorial Building in Balboa Park.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, an estimated 100,000 older adults at more than 1,000 locations will participate in local fitness activities throughout the country as part of the 23rd annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day® (NSHFD), the nation’s largest health promotion event for older adults. The common goal for this day: to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. Always set for the last Wednesday in May, National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for older adults.
Organized as a public/private good health partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center (MMRC), Senior Health & Fitness Day will offer fitness activities for older adults at more than 1,000 locations including hospitals, park and recreation departments, senior centers, health clubs, retirement communities, houses of worship, health departments and other community locations. The event is always held on the last Wednesday in May as part of Older Americans Month activities.
Programs will range from small group exercise demonstrations in community senior centers to walking tours and health fairs. Most programs include an exercise or physical activity component, as well as information about senior subjects.
“Older adults at all levels of physical fitness are encouraged to participate in National Senior Health & Fitness Day,” says Patricia Henze, NSHFD program manager. “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.”
The 2016 event theme, “Improve Your Health for a Better Self!” was submitted by Heather Ries-Mueller of Mequon, Wisconsin, from among nearly 1,000 entries.