Marion YMCA holding “Healthy For Life Active Older Adult Open House”

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 8:00am-12:00PM, the Marion Family YMCA will be hosting an open house for the Marion community.

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y says they are a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, they say it’s not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.

The open house will include information on what the YMCA can offer you for your fitness journey whether it is playing pickleball with friends, attending a line dancing or Silver Splash class, getting enrolled in the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program or Livestrong at the Y for cancer survivors or just enjoying a walk on the track or a swim on one of the two pools.

The Y will have instructors and coaches available to talk to you and show you what opportunities they offer, such as: Silver Sneakers classes, Arthritis land, Tai Chi and water classes, Delay the Disease for Parkinson’s Disease, Livestrong at the Y for cancer survivors, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program for those with pre diabetes, Line Dancing, Balance class, yoga, beginner cycle, Barre Blend.

The YMCA and OhioHealth will be offering some free screenings such as Blood Sugar testing, Blood Pressure, O2, pulse and Body fat percentage.

There will also be informational sessions available for those that are interested.

  • 8:00-8:30am
    Dr. Smallwood, MD – Understanding Cholesterol
    High Cholesterol is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease.  Cholesterol causes plaque to build up in your arteries and makes it hard for blood to get to your heart. Learn ways to lower your cholesterol, understand your numbers and the medications available to help control high cholesterol.
  • 9:00-9:30am
    Derek Wright, ACE Personal Trainer , ACE certified Strength Training for Older Adults, Wellness Coach  – Weight Training for Active Older Adults
    Derek will speak about the importance of strength training as you age along with how to safely and effectively get started and build your routine here at the YMCA.  He will discuss the benefits of weight training, options available and ways to get help beginning your routine.
  • 10:00-10:45am
    Jackie Russell RN, BSN, CNOR – Exercise: Does it Modify the Progression of Parkinson’s, Alzheimers and the aging Brain
    Jackie Russell, co founder of OhioHealth Delay the Disease Program, will speak on how exercise can rewire the brain, promote wellness and perhaps impact the progression of age-related changes in the brain including Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimers.
  • 11:00-11:30AM
    Anna Bomas MSW, LSW and Michele Berg – Benefits of Homecare Service
    Since 1985, OhioHealth Home Care has been one of central Ohio’s most trusted home healthcare  providers. Our award-winning, comprehensive services combine truly compassionate care with the latest technology and products, ensuring you receive the best care in the comfort of your own home.

There will also be classes going on that members and non members can observe or join in.  The classes are:

  • 9:30-10:15am or 10:30-11:15am Silver Splash (Large pool)
  • 9:00-9:30AM – Life Balance Class (AS3)
  • 10:00-1045am – Barre Blend (AS3)
  • 11:00-1145am – Delay the Disease Master Class – Taught by Jackie Russell (AS3)
  • 10:30-1115am – Silver Sneakers Circuit (AS1)
  • 11:00-12:00PM – AM  Yoga (meeting room)
  • 11:30-12:10PM – Arthritis Land Exercise (AS1)
  • 12:15-1:00PM – Tai Chi for Arthritis (AS1)

8:00am – 12:00PM Learn how to play Pickleball (South Gym) – Free instruction on how to play this fun game that is great exercise for all fitness levels.

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.  Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but has become popular among adults as well.

For more information, contact Heather Wright by phone at 740-725-9622 or by email at or visit the Marion Family YMCA at 645 barks Rd E., Marion Ohio.

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