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August 23, 2011 > Walk This Way

Walk This Way

By Biff Jones

Walk This Way, a fitness program for senior citizen residents of Fremont, Newark and Union City, began the first week of August and will extend until the third week of November. Seniors, 50 years and older, meet for one and a half hours once a week in different locations combining walking and exercises with games and educational topics to improve physical and mental fitness. Walk This Way is designed to decrease risks of chronic health problems while minimizing injuries and reducing stress through improved mobility, flexibility, strength, stamina and balance. It is also a way to make new friends.

Weekly sessions include 15-25 minutes of walking depending on individual abilities: fast walking, toe-to-heel walking, side step walking, cool down walking or other types. Exercises and walking are combined with fun games. Each sixteen week session is divided into four categories: physical activity, nutrition, disease prevention, transportation and public safety.

Current sessions meet Mondays, 9-10:30 a.m., at the Newark Senior Center; Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m. at Union City Kennedy Center; Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. at Fremont Senior Center; and Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. at Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont. The last chance to sign up for the current session is Friday, August 26. Cost is Free!

Gifts and prizes are also awarded such as stainless steel water bottles and pedometers so the participants can tell how far they have walked.

Seniors may only participate in the Walk This Way Program once. However, many seniors have formed alumni groups to continue on their own with the new and former friends they met at Walk This Way.

If you want to participate in one of the sessions currently underway, contact Shawn Fong at (510) 574-2033 or e-mail during normal day time hours. Remember deadline is this Friday, August 26 for the current session or you can use the same phone number and e-mail address to sign up for the next session starting February 2012.

Walk This Way locations:
Newark Senior Center, 7401 Enterprise Drive
Union City Kennedy Center, 1333 Decoto Road
Fremont Senior Center, 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont Centerville Presbyterian Church, 4360 Central Avenue

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