Country Meadows Retirement Communities Partners with the Arthritis Foundation for New Programs

Exercise is one of the best ways that people with arthritis can manage their disease. Exercise keeps joints flexible and muscles strong. It improves ability to do the tasks of daily living, fights depression and gives you more energy.

Together with Country Meadows Retirement Communities, the Arthritis Foundation, Central Pennsylvania office is partnering to offer Arthritis Foundation exercise programs for residents.

Country Meadows Retirement Communities has nine campuses in Pennsylvania, five of which are in the Central Pennsylvania service area. Besides offering exercise programs, several Arthritis Foundation Expos have been held at Country Meadows sites. The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis mascot, Jimi Jingles, made an appearance at a spring health fair on the Mechanicsburg campus.

Keeping residents fit also includes a walking program where residents keep track of the miles they walk and a donation to the Arthritis Foundation is made based on the number of miles.

One of the keys to a strong partnership is a passionate, caring exercise program leader. Country Meadows of Mechanicsburg has that special person in Fitness Director Renee Harlow. Harlow is a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi (AFTC) program leader.

Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to reduce pain and improve mental and physical well-being. The Arthritis Foundation uses gentle Sun-style Tai Chi movements that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. Relaxing and enjoyable AFTC classes includes warm-up and cool-down exercises, core movements and advanced extension movements. Direction changes add challenge.

The AFTC program is also being offered to the greater Mechanicsburg community at Country Meadows. For more information, contact Renee Harlow at: 717-975-3434 ext. 60505.

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