Wheel of Fitness for Flamborough Seniors

Seniors in Flamborough are a step closer to a more active lifestyle, thanks to a recent boost from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund.

The $26,200 grant was presented to Flamborough Information and Community Services (FICS), which will use the money to run a two-year project aimed at bringing lifelong physical activity to small communities. The partnership between Sandy Sheffield-Young of STEPS, Margaret Stradwick of Golden Age Vitality and Shelley Scott of FICS will feature the “Wheel of Fitness,” an interactive education series that reaches out to seniors in Flamborough’s rural communities. The series will define the important hubs of the “Wheel of Fitness” and spread the knowledge that functional fitness participation is beneficial for all seniors to encourage active living.

Participation in the community based exercise classes will be available in four different rural communities – Freelton, Carlisle, Millgrove and Rockton – once a week for 10 weeks at each site.

“Our goal is to educate rural seniors 65-plus that it is important to keep physically active,” noted Scott. “Bringing the “Wheel of Fitness” tools to these smaller communities will remove the barrier of transportation and improve accessibility to encourage lifelong physical activity.”

Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale was on hand for the grant announcement at the FICS office at the Millgrove branch of the Hamilton Public Library. “Our seniors want to be active and engaged,” he said. “This grant allows
Flamborough Information and Community Services to reach out and educate older adults right here at home about the importance of physical
activity.”

Wheel of Fitness for Flamborough Seniors… continued

 We are very pleased to announce additional funding from the Hamilton Community Foundation to extend the Wheel of Fitness to two more locations in Flamborough. Within the foundation, is a fund from the Edith Turner Foundation. Edith Turner had been a lifelong Hamilton resident, the only child of Sarah Jane and George A. Turner, a developer in the northeast end of the city who was known for her quiet kindness and generosity. Her decision to leave her fortune for the benefit of others was consistent with her interest in her community and her support of charitable causes over the years. The Hamilton Community Foundation offers grants that are reflective of her interests, and seniors was one of them. We are very thankful to the Hamilton Community Foundation to take an interest and support our program here in Flamborough.

The “Wheel of Fitness for Flamborough Seniors” is an interactive education series that will reach out to educate seniors throughout the rural communities of Flamborough. The education series will define the important hubs of the “Wheel of Fitness” and spread the knowledge that functional fitness participation is beneficial for all seniors to encourage active living.

Participation in the community based exercise classes will now be available at 2 more locations, Waterdown and West Flamborough. Our goal is to educate rural seniors on the important of keeping physically active. Bringing the “Wheel of Fitness” tools to these communities, will remove the barrier of transportation and improve accessibility to encourage lifelong physical activity.

Our 1st exercise program is held at Freelton United Church and

was completed on March 25 2014. Two new sessions will be held in Carlisle and Waterdown from April unitl June 2014.

The Wheel of Fitness focuses on increasing Functional Fitness- the ability to perform normal daily activities around the house or at work, without undue fatigue. This is accomplished by providing specific excercises concentrating on:

  • Cardiovascular Fitness -the ability of the heart and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscle tissues and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement

  • Physical Strength -the ability to exert force on physical objects using muscles.

  • Balance -an even distribution of weight enabling someone to remain upright and steady

  • Flexibility -the ability of your joints to move through a full range of motion

Call Flamborough Information and Community Services at 905-689-7880 to register or for more Information