(MIAMI, May 22, 2013) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, together with the Health Foundation of South Florida and the AARP, is celebrating Older American’s Month with a 50+ Fit Festival on Thursday, May 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 Street, in Miami. The 50+ Fit Festival will incorporate physical activities for seniors, informational booths, guest appearances by elected officials, music, raffles, and free giveaways and food.
“Acknowledging the contributions, accomplishments and aspirations of older Americans is important, and so is taking care of the generation that did so much to take care of us,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Whether it’s hot meals, assistance with transportation, or any other number of services, we are committed to working with our valued community partners to ensure that the needs of our seniors are met.”
Coordinated in partnership with the Health Foundation of South Florida, AARP, Farm Share, Simply Health Care, Florida Ombudsman Council, Fresh Start, Miami-Dade Public Library System, and Miami-Dade Parks, among other County departments and sponsors, the 50+ Fit Festival is an age friendly initiative funded through a grant provided by Pfizer and Grantmakers in Aging, as part of their Age-Friendly Cities project in five cities across the United States.
As a result of the Mayor’s interest in prioritizing older adults, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is committed to age-friendly renovations of programming and equipment, currently available at 12 parks throughout the County. These changes include outdoor fitness zones, walking and fitness programs and clubs, as well as educational materials to assist participants in the effective use of park equipment. For more information on age-friendly initiatives, please visit http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/ or call 3-1-1.