Seniors get fitness and nutrition advise at conference

Around 50 seniors, young and older, took part in the Seniors Fit for Life conference on Feb. 2 in Cache Creek.

Some of the Seniors Fit for Life members.

Some of the Seniors Fit for Life members.

Did you know that just 25 per cent of genetics determine longevity while 75 per cent depends on nutrition, activity and emotional well being?

Seniors in Cache Creek and area are taking this to heart and doing something about it. Over the past eight months, the Village of Cache Creek and Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) have sponsored the Senior’s Fit for Life program. Seniors Fit for Life is an age friendly health and fitness program which has been engaging Seniors and non-seniors in fitness programs such as aquafit, functional fitness, Bocce Ball and Line Dancing. These programs are aimed at improving mobility, stability, fall prevention and providing more opportunities for Seniors to connect. These programs have been growing and growing and the results have been incredible!

Fitness is part of the equation while another part is nutrition. On Feb. 2, Seniors Fit for Life hosted a one day Healthy Living Day Conference at the Cache Creek Hall. The Conference was a wonderful day full of practical education on healthy eating and active living. Two dietitians shared practical advice on healthy eating and participants enjoyed cooking and eating some healthy, quick and inexpensive meals. A fitness professional talked to the group about the importance of active living and said movement is the fountain of youth. A Foot specialist told the group about foot health and how to choose the right shoe and then we all enjoyed trying out a variety of mini workout sessions with local fitness instructors.

More than 80 people participated in workshops throughout the day and told us that they are excited to take the knowledge they gained and apply it to their lives. We are thankful to our local support team who made the Conference possible. Thank you to Graymont, Wastech, the Village of Cache Creek, councillors Dafoe, Hofer and Rawcliffe, Cariboo Clear, Hungry Herbies, Safety Mart and others who generously supported the Healthy Living Day Conference.

With everyone’s continued support, we will continue to provide quality health and fitness programs for Seniors and others alike.

Vicky Trill

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