The Salem County Department of Health & Human Services’ Office on Aging and Disabilities is adding outdoor walks to its “Move Yourself!” program beginning in May. The popularity of the indoor exercise classes will continue two days a week, with a nurse on site for indoor exercise activities.

“We now have upwards of 50 people participating in the indoor classes, and we are seeing all levels of participation,” said Freeholder Dr. Mickey Ostrum, who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee. “Consequently, we have one of our nurses on site for the indoor exercises to provide information and support people trying to incorporate movement into their daily routines.” He added that caregivers are welcome to attend with their client or family member.

On Thursdays, participants have the option of going outside to take part in a group walk at one of the county’s parks.

Indoor exercise classes include Core Strength, High Intensity Interval Training, Chair Yoga, Indoor Walking, and Stretch & Strength. These low impact exercises are great for a beginner, senior, or individuals with disabilities or special needs.

The indoor exercises will take place at 10:30 am every Tuesday and Thursday at the Mid-Atlantic States Training Center (formerly known as Queen of Apostles), 391 South Broadway, Pennsville. The popular outdoor walk, which will take place every Thursday at 10:30 am in various parks throughout the county. Both feature information on various health topics.

“The Tuesday indoor classes end in time for people to take advantage of Mid Atlantic’s  food bank at the building, which is also very popular,” said Freeholder Director Ben Laury. He added that transportation will continue to be available through the Scoot buses operated through County Office of Aging and Disabilities.

For Scoot transportation information and reservations, call (856) 339-8644 in advance.

There are other benefits for taking part in the Move Yourself! program:

  • Twice a month, the Office of Aging and Disabilities offers free box lunches to seniors who participate in the exercise program. In May, boxed lunches will be given out on Thursday, May 2 and Thursday, May 23. Seniors must register 48 hours in advance by calling the general information number, (856) 339-8622.
  • Once a month, following exercises and walks, a special topic is presented. In May, participants will learn about the New Jersey Senior Farm Market Voucher program. That presentation will be at 11:30 Thursday, May 23rd.
  • Once a month, on the last Tuesday, the nursing division offers free screenings for sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Below is the list of dates for indoor exercise classes at Mid-Atlantic States Training Center, 391 South Broadway in Pennsville, and the park locations for the outdoor walks. All classes begin at 10:30 a.m.

  • Thursday, May 2
    • Riverview Beach Park – Route 49 Pennsville (Outdoor Walk)
    • Stretch Mid-Atlantic States Training Center (Indoor)
  • Tuesday, May 7
    • Strength (optional 2-5 lb hand weights) Mid-Atlantic States Training Center (Indoor)
  • Thursday, May 9
    • Carneys Point Recreation Park- Penns Grove Auburn Rd C.P (Outdoor)
    • Chair Yoga (optional yoga mat) Mid-Atlantic States Training Center (Indoor)
  • Tuesday, May 14
    • High Intensity Interval Training Mid-Atlantic States Training Center (Indoor)
  • Thursday, May 16
    • Marlton Recreation Park- 123 Marlton Rd Woodstown (Outdoor)
    • Core Strength/Indoor Walk- Mid-Atlantic States Training Center (Indoor)
  • Tuesday, May 21
    • Stretch Mid-Atlantic States Training Center (Indoor)
  • Thursday, May 23
    • Fort Mott State Park- Fort Mott Rd Pennsville (Outdoor)
    • Strength (optional 2-5 lb hand weights) Mid-Atlantic States Training Center (Indoor)
  • Tuesday, May 28
    • Chair Yoga (optional yoga mat) Mid-Atlantic States Training Center (Indoor)
  • Thursday, May 30
    • Salem County Recreation Park- Route 130 & Pedricktown Rd. Oldmans (Outdoor)
    • High Intensity Interval Training- Mid-Atlantic States Training Center (Indoor)

In the event of severe weather or snow, the exercise class may be cancelled please contact:  856-339-8622.

DOWNLOAD THE MAY 2019 NEW WALK SCHEDULE PDF HERE

For more information about Move Yourself! Salem County Exercise Program, visit us online at health.salemcountynj.gov or call 856-339-8622.  Also, get regular updates and walk dates and times at our Facebook page, located at www.facebook.com/SalemCountyHealth

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