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Inglewood Be Well Program Recieves National Award

The City of Inglewood's Be Well Senior Fitness and Nutrition Education Program, a program for seniors with chronic diseases, has been awarded the National Association of Counties 2011 Achievement Award.

The City's Be Well Program was presented this award for demonstrating that high risk seniors experience a lower use of emergency room, hospital, and skilled nursing services when compared with high risk seniors that did not participate in the program. The program serves as a real world example of how educating seniors regarding healthy lifestyle choices can enhance their quality of life and independence.

The City has collaborated with Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging and other partners in offering wellness classes to high risk seniors since 2004. Currently, Be Well classes are offered in the city of Inglewood on Wednesdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Darby Park, 3400 W. Arbor Vitae Boulevard and in the city of Hawthorne on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hawthorne Senior Center, 3901 El Segundo Boulevard.

Beginning in February of 2012, a new intensive series will be offered at Darby Park, on Thursdays. The class, which is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF), will meet twice a week for three hours through May 2012. Created in 1992 as a private, independent foundation, TCWF's mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

All the programs are provided free to seniors who participate. Free pedometers, light snacks and cooking demonstrations are included.

For additional information on this and other senior related programs, contact the Inglewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (310) 412-8750.