May 29 marks the 20th annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day, with events going on throughout the nation at health clubs, retirement communities and other public places. This year’s theme is “Think Healthy, Eat Healthy, Act Healthy Be Healthy”, and seniors are encouraged to participate in activities that help the mind and body. Of the many places participating in events, the YMCA in Hastings, Minn., will host a day-long open house.
“The purpose is to expose the seniors who have not come in to come to see some of our offerings available for them,” YMCA Active Older Adult Coordinator Amy Kohn told the Hastings Gazette. “We already have a large population of older active people who take our classes.”
According to the Fitness Day organization, National Senior Health and Fitness Day is the nation’s largest health event for seniors. Those who require senior care may want to participate in the day’s events. In Hastings, the YMCA is holding informational classes for adults about diabetes and cancer screening options. In Clemmons, N.C., seniors have the opportunity to take tai chi classes and go paddle boating. The organization reported that more than 100,000 seniors across the nation will participate in events throughout the day.