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Be Well Program Offered for High Risk Seniors

A new BE WELL series of 16 weeks of classes will be offered free of charge for seniors 60 and over at Darby Park, 3400 W. Arbor Vitae Boulevard in Inglewood, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. beginning Wednesday February 12, 2014 and ending in June, 2014.

Be Well is a light exercise and weight management program serving moderate to high risk seniors with chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease. The goal of the program is to improve self management of health, weight, quality of life, and fitness while reducing hospitalizations and depression."

"We've seen great results from this program," said Mayor James T. Butts.  "Many participating seniors have reported significant positive changes in their health status after completing the Be Well program."

The Program, which will meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays, includes one hour of exercise taught by a certified fitness instructor and one hour of nutrition education, featuring a senior-oriented curriculum on nutrition, medication management and behavior modification taught by registered dietitians, pharmacists and psychologists.    The program is free to seniors

The Be Well Program has been offered in Inglewood since 2003 and has consistently shown significant outcomes in increasing muscle and reducing body fat, decreasing blood pressure, improving diabetics' blood sugar readings, and improving fitness scores.

The Be Well Program is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF).  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.  The cost of the program is also subsidized by the Kaiser Community Benefit Program, Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging, T.H.E. Clinic, City of Inglewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Food and Nutrition Management Services, Partners in Care Foundation, and Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center.

To sign up for an orientation or for more information, call Linda Peterson at (310) 412-4368