Parks and Recreation received instructor training grant for program


Lincoln NebraskaAging Partners and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invite senior citizens and the public to a series of free workshops on staying physically active.  The Active Living Every Day (ALED) workshops are from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays from May 2 through July 25 at the “F” Street Recreation Center, 1225 “F” Street.  Registration is required by calling Aging Partners at 402-441-7575 by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the session.


“By learning the skills necessary to become and stay physically active, people are encouraged to make simple lifestyle changes that incorporate activity into everyday life,” said Peggy Apthorpe, Aging Partners Health and Fitness Director.  “Those who’ve taken part in the workshop in other parts of the country report they are exercising more, eating healthier and burning calories.  Blood pressure, blood sugar levels and sleep also improved.”


Participants will learn how to create an activity plan that fits their preferences and lifestyle, with tasks like housekeeping and shopping incorporated into the plan.  The workshops will also address the causes of inactivity and help participants overcome those challenges.  Participants can attend as many workshops as they want, and are encouraged to attend as many as possible.


Aging Partners is partnering with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation to present the workshops, which are made possible by an instructor training grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Parks and Recreation is one of only 46 similar agencies to receive the ALED grant.  The ALED program is based on discoveries that physical activity need not be strenuous or time consuming to benefit health, and people are more likely to become and stay physically active when taught the appropriate lifestyle skills.


More information on Aging Partners is available at aging.lincoln.ne.gov.  More information on Lincoln Parks and Recreation can be found at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.  More information on the NRPA is available at nrpa.org.

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