SAC has help along the ‘way’

SAC has help along the ‘way’

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 3:46 pm
By: Laura Buckland, Special to The Press

The United Way of West Tennessee’s Community Investment volunteers have partnered with the Martin Senior Adult Center and financially assist with three programs: Dining with Diabetes, Matter of Balance, and Daily Exercise.  
These programs are crucial for the senior citizens of Weakley County because it helps educate them on healthy habits and how to incorporate them in their everyday lifestyle.  
Dining with Diabetes is a class designed to teach the senior adults on how to cook healthy meals, how to read labels, reasons and side effects of unhealthy eating, and portion control.  
This particular class is only offered once a year at the Martin Senior Adult Center, which finished up in October.
In order to participate in this class, a person has to sign up in advance and the maximum amount of people they will receive is 12 but only had 6 participate this last class.  
Dining with Diabetes will increase your awareness of your overall wellness and how to go about achieving a healthier lifestyle.
Matter of Balance is a program created to aid in preventing falls. The slogan for the program is “Striving for injury free, Tennessee.”
This class is a combination of video and lecture teaching senior citizens to be aware of their surroundings and the way their body reacts to certain movements. The key ingredient taught in this class is to stay active where no matter how old you are it is essential to healthy living.
The director and program director of the senior center have their certified coach trainers’ license and are excited to begin this class. This class is an 8-week program that has not started yet but most likely will begin in the spring of 2012 and will be taught twice a year.
The last program funded by United Way is the Daily Exercise program offered to the public everyday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free to all senior citizens 55 and older.
Recently the Martin Senior Adult Center has moved their exercise room from the back of the facility to the front to provide an open atmosphere which has increased the participants exercise from 50 to 60 percent. The center also offers a group exercise class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. involving chair exercise, balance and strength training.
With financial assistance from United Way, the center is able to purchase stress balls, resistance bands and is in the process of upgrading its exercise equipment.
The programs mentioned are all free to the public due to the help that United Way provides. United Way also funds 12 other local agencies providing a variety of services to the community. If you are interested in getting involved with this year’s United Way Campaign in Weakley County you can call Brian Harris, 2011 campaign chair for the United Way in Weakley County, at 587-3186 or Jennifer Wood, resource director for United Way, at (731) 422-1816.  
For more information find United Way on Facebook or visit its website at www.unitedway.tn.org.
Editor’s note: Laura Buckland is a senior communications student at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

WCP 11.17.11

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