'Walk With Ease' Program Coming to Visalia Senior Center


Last updated 6/11/2019 at 10:12am | View PDF

Physical activity is important at any age as it helps to build a healthy heart, strong bones and improve movement and flexibility. As we get older, there are additional benefits such as preventing disease or chronic conditions, assisting the body with healing, lowering the chance of injury, improving mood, life expectancy and overall quality of life.

It is with these goals in mind that the Visalia Senior Center is introducing a new program sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Visalia Parks & Recreation Department.

The Walk With Ease Program is a six-week low-impact walking program that teaches seniors (ages 55+) how to safely and comfortably incorporate physical activity into their everyday lives. Participants will gain increased strength, balance and walking pace along with greater physical ability. This class is especially beneficial for those who have difficulty walking without assistance or anyone who wants to increase their mobility and stamina.

"Our Walk With Ease trained team members will help seniors stay focused by providing information, tips and tricks and motivation to be successful in the program," said Eric Ferreira, recreation supervisor with Visalia Parks & Recreation Department. "Other positive benefits of this program may include making new friends, and reductions in physical disability, stress, pain and fatigue."

Classes will be held at the Visalia Senior Center, 310 N. Locust Street. The next class sessions will be held 9-10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from June 3 through July 12. Cost is $10.

Registration for this class will begin on Wednesday, May 1. Participants can register online at http://www.liveandplayvisalia.com or in person at the Visalia Senior Center or at the Anthony Community Center, 345 N. Jacob St.

For more information about the Walk With Ease program, email recreation@visalia.city or call the Visalia Senior Center at (559) 713-4381.


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