Local agencies help public housing seniors get fit

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Wilson Housing Authority senior residents are getting the chance to get in better shape thanks to a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson that is part of the Eat Smart/Move More North Carolina program.

The program is a combined effort in Wilson County by the Wilson County Department of Social Services, the YMCA of Wilson and the Wilson County Health Department. The groups have partnered with the Wilson Housing Authority to offer these exercise classes to the housing authority senior residents. The classes, which are being offered once a week at the Forrest Road Homes Community Center, are taught by David Caudle, the YMCA’s wellness director.

In addition to the stretching and cardio fitness exercise that Caudill puts the class through each week, the residents are receiving exercise and fitness gear that they can use on their own at home.

Along with a T-shirt and towel, each senior resident who is part of the program received a pedometer watch to use while walking and exercising, an electronic jump rope that will count calories burned and jumps while in use and a resistance band for stretching and muscle-building exercises.