Mayor Mike Spano Celebrates National Senior Health & Fitness Day Wednesday, May 29th from 10am to 3pm
YONKERS, NY – May 15, 2019 -- Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City of Yonkers Office for the Aging will celebrate NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY on May 29th from 10AM to 3PM at the Yonkers PAL, at 127 North Broadway. The event is aimed at promoting the importance of regular physical activity and to showcase what local organizations are doing to improve the health and fitness of older adults in their communities.
“Yonkers will be joining more than 120,000 older adults in more than 1,200 locations across the country on this day as seniors receive a number of services that benefit their health and well-being,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “We are grateful to have community partners who also understand the importance of seniors remaining healthy and active.”
Participating members expected to attend include Yonkers Office for the Aging, Yonkers Parks Department, Yonkers YMCA , Yonkers Community Action Program (YCAP), Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services and the Yonkers PAL.
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), experts recommend that older adults engage in:
- Moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week.
- Muscle-strengthening activities for two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups.
Statistics show that less than one-third of Americans aged 65+ meet this recommendation.
“Staying fit , healthy and socially engaged is vital to our seniors!” said Kelly Chiarella, Director for the Office of the Aging. “This fun National Senior Health & Fitness Day offers exercises, a healthy lunch, cooking classes for healthy eating, health & wellness information and other fun activities. It’s a lively, interactive, social event that will have us all on our feet.”
Due to the limited amount of parking, shuttle services will be available at Nodine Hill Community Center and the Peter Chema Community Center. To participate, seniors are encouraged to contribute $4.00 and required to register by contacting the Office for the Aging at (914) 377-6823.
Yonkers Office for the Aging provides services to Yonkers residents 60 years of age and over. There is no fee for any Office for the Aging service. Voluntary contributions are suggested for meals and transportation. Programs are funded by the City of Yonkers and federal and state grants through NYS and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.