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Active Older Adults Program
Miami-Dade County Parks Active Older Adults program for Adults over 55 kicked-off in September 2013, as a local effort to encourage older adults to improve their health and well-being by consistently staying physically and mentally active.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that older adults exercise at least 2 ½ hours weekly. Regular exercise has been found to decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as Type 2 Diabetes, osteoporosis and heart Disease.
MDPROS has partnered with Walgreens to present weekly “Healthy Choices Clinics” by Walgreens at the 10 Active Older Adults Recreation Hubs. The clinics will occur multiple times at each location providing blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings, as well as, immunization shots for Flu, Pneumonia and Shingles. Registered pharmacists will be present to answer questions regarding medications.
For more information regarding Active Older Adults programs please call 786-372-9701.
Active Older Adults make healthy choices with Walgreens
Healthy Choices Clinics by Walgreens is a collaboration between Miami-Dade Parks Recreation and Open Spaces and Walgreens which provides local clinics where Active Older Adults, 55 and over, can receive Blood Pressure, Glucose and Cholesterol Screenings and immunizations for Flu, Pneumonia and Shingles.
The Healthy Choices Clinics are presented weekly at one of the 10 Active Older Adults Recreation Hubs. A registered pharmacist is available to answer any questions regarding medications. The Healthy Choices Clinics provide the opportunity for continued medical observation through screenings multiple times during the year, in a familiar and convenient location. For additional information and schedule of clinics please call 786-372-9701 or email email@example.com.
Walk4Life Walking Program
Walk4Life is a life-long walking program with celebratory recognition certificates and other incentives provided upon completion of mileage goals. All of the 10 recreation hubs have walking paths with posted mileage. Participants log their mileage individually in log books located at the Recreation Hubs.
All participants in the Walk4Life program receive a special wristband designating their participation. Walkers can walk on their own or join others as they walk in a safe environment.
Enhance Fitness Classes
EnhanceFitness is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program of exercise classes designed to help active older adults like you – not athletes – interested in improving their life through exercise.
Classes combine three key components of fitness: Strength-Training, Flexibility, and Cardio-Conditioning and are taught by certified instructors. Each class is a full hour, held indoors 3 times per week, given in a fun environment making it the fitness choice for Active Older Adults.
EnhanceFitness is everything that health professionals say is needed by Active Older Adults to maintain health and function as they age. Please call the park most convenient to your location for the EnhanceFitness Schedule.
- Arcola Lakes Senior Center, 8401 NW 14th Avenue, Miami, FL 33147 - 305-694-2728
- Continental Park, 10000 SW 82 Avenue, Miami, FL 33156 - 305-274-9666
- Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 14445 SW 122 Avenue, Miami, FL - 305-234-1660
- Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL - 305-255-2399
- Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22 Avenue, Miami, FL - 305-694-4889
- South Dade Park, 28151 SW 164 Avenue, Miami, FL - 305-247-9453
- Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Avenue, Miami, FL - 305-388-4771
Tai Chi Classes
Provided by Baptist Health South Florida.
The schedule and locations are as follows:
- Monday – 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at Continental Park Community Center
- Tuesday & Thursday – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Deerwood Bonita Lakes
- Monday & Wednesday – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Deerwood Bonita Lakes
Provided by Chen Neighborhood Medical Centers
- Wednesday – 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. at Westwind Lakes Park
- Wednesday – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Arcola Lakes Senior Center
Trim & Fit Provided by Baptist Health South Florida
- Monday - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Deerwood Bonita Lakes
Stretch & Relaxation by Baptist Health South Florida
- Friday - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Deerwood Bonita Lakes
All Baptist Health South Florida participants must call 786-467-5680 to register. Some classes have a waiting list.
Registration for Active Older Adults Programs at Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Recreation Hubs is a pre-requisite for participation.
Zumba Gold Classes
Provided by Chen Neighborhood Medical Centers
These evidence-based self-management workshops were developed by healthy aging researchers at Stanford University. Classes are taught by trained instructors provided by the Alliance for Aging.
Living Healthy: Chronic Disease and Diabetes
A six-week self-management workshop designed for individuals living with chronic disease. The group meets for two hours each week. Discussions include how to manage blood glucose (sugar) better, ways to deal with symptoms of diabetes, proper medication use and healthy eating. Classes are taught in both English and Spanish.
Living Healthy: Matter of Balance
An eight-week self-management workshop designed to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. The group meets for two hours each week. Classes are taught in English and Spanish.
Miami-Dade County Parks' Active Older Adults activities and classes will vary at each program hub. Some locations may also offer sewing, ceramics, adaptive aquatics, yoga, tennis, Masters Tennis, Snag Golf, water exercises, swimming lessons and visits to local attractions like Zoo Miami, Fruit & Spice Park and the Deering Estate at Cutler.
Not all activities are offered at every park.
For additional information about any Active Older Adult Programs please call, Allan Tavss, Active Older Adult Program Coordinator at 786-372-9701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters and/or any accommodations to participate in any Miami-Dade Parks-sponsored program or meeting, contact Lucy Binhack, 305-755-7848, email@example.com, at least 5 days in advance to initiate your request. TTY uses may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).
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