Spring is here! That means the return of Fit with a Physician, a JHF-sponsored program that provides local seniors the opportunity to learn more about managing health conditions from local specialists during guided outings in our region’s parks. The program, launched last year, will help even more seniors of all fitness levels and abilities get active in 2018.
The Fit with a Physician program, developed by Venture Outdoors, held outings last year that focused on topics including arthritis, diabetes, and heart health. The Allegheny County Medical Society and UPMC Rehabilitation Services help to recruit healthcare professionals who lead the events.
There are already a variety of Fit with a Physician events scheduled for the spring and summer, which are free for participants age 50 and older. Leaders of the initiative are looking to establish additional partnerships with community organizations and senior centers, with a goal of expanding programming for older adults of all physical capabilities. You can learn more about upcoming Fit with a Physician events by visiting the Venture Outdoors website. If you’re interested in getting involved in the program, including ways you can help lead walks, email Mara Leff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-594-2579.
This spring, JHF will launch the second year for several other components of its Senior Connections for Recreation and Exercise programs which includes partnering with AARP to recruit ambassadors who can promote outdoor activity and accompany seniors on outings. The Allegheny County Parks Foundation is also gearing up to launch its web-based mapping tool, ParkLink, that will help seniors of varied physical abilities navigate local parks and engage in exercise and recreation programming.
These recreation and exercise programs are components of JHF’s larger Senior Connections initiative. Senior Connections aims to strengthen a suite of service opportunities for older adults in western Pennsylvania and beyond, including transportation and housing, exercise and recreation, geriatric-friendly health care, nutrition, and caregiver supports.