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15th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day set for May 28

On May 28, an estimated 100,000 older adults will participate in local fitness activities throughout the country as part of the 15th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day (NSHFD), the nation's largest health promotion event for older adults. Organized as a public/private good health partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center (MMRC), Senior Health & Fitness Day will offer fitness activities for older adults at more than 1,000 locations including hospitals, park and recreation departments, senior centers, health clubs, retirement communities, houses of worship, health departments and other community locations. The event always takes places on the last Wednesday in May as part of Older Americans Month activities. This year, programs will range from small group exercise demonstrations in community senior centers to walking tours and health fairs. Most programs include an exercise or physical activity component, as well as educational information about senior health and fitness. "Older adults at all levels of physical fitness are encouraged to participate in National Senior Health & Fitness Day," Tina Godin, NSHFD program manager, said. "Our goals for Senior Day are to make exercise fun, to increase awareness of the benefits of a regular exercise program for older adults, and to encourage all older adults to take advantage of the many health and fitness programs offered in their communities." The 2008 Senior Health & Fitness Day Sponsors are CVS/pharmacy; the Arthritis Foundation; the National Recreation and Park Association; and American Custom Publishing Corporation. To help older adults stay motivated after National Senior Health & Fitness Day and throughout the year, the Mature Market Resource Center also organizes the Mature Fitness Awards USA, the nation's first fitness recognition program for older adults. For additional information on the Mature Fitness Awards USA go to www.fitnessday.com.

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