Thursday, October 6, 2011

Baltimore's Seniors Strutt Their Stuff For Healthy City Days

What a week it's been! On Monday Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and I kicked off Healthy City Days with a walk from City Hall to the Inner Harbor. This week has been jam-packed with health fairs, exercise activities and health screenings, all aimed at encouraging people of all ages to step out and get active, to get screened for serious health concerns, get a flu shot, and get educated about individual health.

All week I've been looking forward to today's signature event: Baltimore's Seniors Rock the City. More than 300 seniors from across the city descended upon the Roosevelt Park Recreation Center in Hampden for a day full of activities. The highlight was the large group circle dance led by former Ravens cheerleader and fitness enthusiast Molly Shattuck of Vibrant Living.
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The seniors I talked to really enjoyed getting out in the beautiful weather and, in the words of one of our speakers, "shaking what God gave you." Many received flu shots and were screened for high cholesterol. We are fortunate in Baltimore City to have 16 vibrant senior centers where our elder population can go to socialize, engage in group exercise and other fun activities.

It's important that seniors stay active is by engaging in a variety of activities such as walking, dancing, low or moderate aerobics, swimming, _ even shopping. Half an hour of moderate physical activity every day is a good goal to have. You can start at your own pace and slowly increase your activity until you are able to do 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week; which is 150 minutes of physical activity.

Tomorrow we wrap up Healthy City Days at Mondawmin Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a free health fair and health screenings. Please tell your family and friends so that they too can participate in health education and screenings. I hope this week you were inspired to think about how you can live a healthy life. I know I'm already looking forward to Healthy City Days 2012. What ideas do you have for activities we can incorporate into next year's agenda?

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