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DiSepio Institute to offer SilverSneakers program for senior citizens

Event Details

Start Date:  June 3, 2013
End Date: July 31, 2013
Start Time: 9:30 am
End Time: 10:30 am
Location: DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness
Phone: 814-472-2783
Email: mkrimmel@francis.edu

The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at Saint Francis will offer the SilverSneakers fitness program to local senior citizens. The SilverSneakers program provides safe and effective exercise for adults age 65 and older to help them reach their health and wellness goals. Adults who have never exercised before or have never been in fitness environments may utilize this safe and effective exercise program to get fit and healthy.

A new group exercise class offering will begin the week of June 3, and will be held at the DiSepio Institute in Loretto. The SilverSneakers Circuit class will run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This class will combine fun and fitness to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance during a standing circuit workout. An upper body strength workout with hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a SilverSneakers ball is alternated with low-impact choreography. A chair is used for standing support, stretching, and relaxation exercises.

Currently, the DiSepio Institute offers SilverSneakers Classic on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m. SilverSneakers Classic is a lower intensity class, that is designed for individuals to have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activities of daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support.

Also, starting in the middle of June, the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness will start to offer SilverSneakers Yoga. SilverSneakers Yoga will move your body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance, and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Stay tuned for more information on the start date and time of this class!!

Senior citizens who are eligible to participate in SilverSneakers will have access to SilverSneakers group exercise classes and to the DiSepio Fitness Center. Senior citizens should contact their health insurance provider to find out if SilverSneakers is a benefit of their insurance. If it is not, the cost will be $5 per class. For more information or for any questions, please contact Melinda Krimmel at 814-472-2783.


Saint Francis University aims to be as accessible as possible. Please contact our Accessibility Services Coordinator, April Fry, with specific inquiries at 814-472-3176 or complete our online request form at http://francis.edu/accessibility-accommodation-request/.