By Conrad Dudderar
It’s never too late to get healthy.
“I believe health is something that can always be improved; it’s something you always can work on,” said Casey Barnett, manager at the City of Yukon’s Dale Robertson Center.
Barnett, in her 16th year at the center, is spreading the word about a special day designed to promote Yukon seniors’ health and fitness.
The annual Yukon Senior Health & Fitness Day event will be 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 inside the DRC, 1200 Lakeshore.
Anyone age 55 years and above is welcome.
“Come on out,” Barnett said. “It will be a great day and a lot of fun.”
Yukon Senior Health & Fitness Day allows DRC staff and senior service providers in this area to extend a helping hand to the “over 55” population.
“We’ll have a vendor fair with health and wellness information from around the community,” Barnett noted. “We’ll have activities going on, including Tai Chi, Body Sculpt Aerobics, Chair Weight Class, and the ‘Drum Beats’.
“We will have Wii Bowling set up, and the treadmill and bike open. Anybody who participates in any of our activities will get a door prize ticket. They also get a door prize ticket for walking in the door.”
This Wednesday’s big event is aimed at providing Yukon seniors with a glimpse of all the opportunities and quality programs that exist for their improved health and well-being.
Many seniors have yet to explore so many of the options around them, according to Barnett.
“By having all these mini-programs and offering door prizes for participating, it encourages people to try things they wouldn’t ordinarily try,” she explained. “It helps them see if there’s something they’d love to do that they didn’t even realize they’d love to do.”
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Yukon Senior Health & Fitness Day is a chance for DRC personnel and local vendors to share with Yukon’s seniors how they can ease their discomfort and empower them through better health and wellness.
The May 25th event will feature fun activities, vendor door prizes and lunch.
The DRC provides Yukon residents ages 55 years and older a place to experience an active lifestyle.
Yukon Parks & Recreation’s senior program even has active members in their upper-90s, according to Barnett.
“We now have an average of 96 people a day come through the door,” she said. “Some people get here once a month, some people get here twice a week, and some people are here every day.
“We’re pretty much back to normal (from the COVID-19 pandemic). We had someone come this week who hadn’t been here in two years.”
A full slate of activities and classes are offered. Lunch is served Monday through Friday.
A van service is available to transport participants to and from the center.
For more information about DRC’s senior program, call (405) 350-7680.