Goshen, N.Y. – The Orange County Office for the Aging hosted the eighth annual Orange County Senior Health and Fitness Day at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery on Wednesday.
“Seniors are living longer and healthier lives and Senior Health and Fitness Day celebrates that,” Officer for the Aging Director AnnMarie Maglione said. “Staying active and fit plays an important role in maintaining good health as we grow older. “This event gets bigger and better every year. It’s a wonderful resource for the seniors in this community and I thank County Executive Neuhaus for being so supportive.”
The purpose of Orange County Senior Health and Fitness Day is to encourage seniors to exercise, eat well and have fun. Throughout the day, Healthy Orange, part of the Orange County Department of Health, conducted screenings and distributed information and local businesses, healthcare providers and vendors were helpful participants. The day also included healthy cooking demonstrations, master gardening demonstrations, a fitness walk and other games and activities. Lunch for guests at the event was donated by ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.
National Senior Health and Fitness Day takes place in May in honor of Older Americans Month. The goal of the initiative is to keep older Americans healthy and fit. It is the country’s largest annual health promotion event for older adults.
The 2019 theme for Older Americans Month is “Connect, Create, Contribute”, which encourages older adults and their communities to:
- Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
- Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
- Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
The Orange County Office for the Aging is committed to meeting the special service needs of Orange County’s senior population and their families and friends who care for them. The primary goal of the Office for the Aging is to maintain the dignity, well-being and independence of senior citizens, serving as an advocate and community partner. For more information about the County’s Office for the Aging, call 615-3700.