Richfield, Utah (December 2019)
Cedar Canyon’s Senior Living Apartments recently completed a Walk With Ease class. The class is offered through Central Utah Public Health Department and taught by health educators; Valyn Leavitt and Pam Sorensen. Both report it has been fun and a pleasure to teach these ladies. According to Valyn Leavitt, “They are all energetic and enthusiastic, you would never believe any of them are the age they are.” Class participants range in age from 69 to 103.
They are all amazing women and a testament to the benefits of staying active, not only for physical well-being but also for mental wellness.
The Walk With Ease class is recommended by the National Center for Disease Control as an evidence-based program proven to reduce pain, increase balance, strength, walking pace, and improve overall health. Participating in this class helps build confidence in participant’s ability to be physically active, and shows them how physical activity can be a part of our everyday lives. They learn the relationship between arthritis, exercise and pain; develop and implement personal walking plans with realistic goals, and get tips, strategies and resources for maintaining a long-term exercise routine. Each participant receives an Arthritis Foundation Certification, a book filled with tips and illustrations, and a 6-week walking plan.
The Walk With Ease workshop is completed; however, the participants are determined to keep walking. All we can say is YOU GO GIRLS, you are rock stars!