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St. Joseph’s Hot Springs Senior Center hosts Healthy Fitness Day
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – In celebration of Older Americans Month and National Health & Fitness Day, St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center hosted Healthy Fitness Day on May 26 at the Hot Springs Senior Center.
A flag presentation by the Hot Springs Veterans Association Honor Guard officially kicked off the day-long, multi-faceted event. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Chaplain Ralph Fares led the prayer for the official flag ceremony, which followed the viewing of a military service member photo display. The photos were of local service men and women from all branches of the U.S. Military and included all wars – both historical and current.
An American themed lunch of hot dogs, baked beans, apple cobbler and potato chips was followed by a drawing for door prizes, a trick performance by Sugar Mae the patriotically-dressed pink poodle and videos on chair and line dancing. The rest of the afternoon was occupied by the following activities in the Center’s dining room: music, dancing, ping pong, computer games of skill, puzzling and a game of toss called baggo.
“Older Americans Month is a time to celebrate the contributions of older citizens to their communities,” said Donna Bates, Mercy Senior Care Programs Coordinator. “We value and appreciate all they have done for us and Healthy Fitness Day was one more opportunity for us to spend time with them. The house was full and we had a blast enjoying all the activities that were designed to promote health and well-being.”
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