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Senior Connections for Recreation and Exercise Continues to Motivate People

Fit with a Physician at the Greenfield Senior Center on May 9.

 The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) has continued to grow its Senior Connections programs since its 2016 launch. Senior Connections partner Venture Outdoors recently launched its new online application Venture Outdoors Walks. The app provides information on accessible and approachable walking routes for people of all mobility levels. The app, tested extensively with senior audiences, also contains park and trail maps, points of interest, terrain details, parking and bathroom locations, and more.

Two current programs motivating people to get out and walk —Fit with a Legislator and Fit with a Physician are wildly popular. Fit with a Legislator, co-sponsored by JHF and AARP Pennsylvania and featured in the AARP State Bulletin, provides an opportunity for people to walk with local legislators and chat about anything from their park surroundings, to road conditions, to local policies, or other issues. The upcoming June 19th Fit with a Legislator walk will be led by Councilwoman Deb Gross at Highland Park. Sign up here!

Park Ambassador Training on May 22 with Venture Outdoors.

Led by JHF Board member Terry Starz, MD, Pittsburgh physicians and medical providers continue to lead walks in local parks for the Fit with a Physician program. Participants spend time walking and discussing a variety of health and wellness topics including movement strategies that can help aging bodies move more efficiently. Recent Fit with a Physician walks focused on combating arthritis, Nordic and power walking. You can sign up here through Venture Outdoors.

Want to lead an interactive and inspirational walk through our parks? Venture Outdoors and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy hosted the third Park Ambassador Training on May 22, co-funded by JHF and AARP. Seniors were trained in trip planning, risk management, and how to incorporate fun activities into planned walks. These individuals will now serve as peer supports in their communities and contribute their favorite routes to the Venture Outdoors Walks online app. Stay tuned for more information on the next Park Ambassador training. 

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