LA JUNTA — Otero Junior College has announced a new partnership with SilverSneakers that allows members of the Healthways Fitness Program access to the OJC Fitness Center’s classes for older adults.
Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program is the nation’s leading fitness program designed exclusively for older adults. The comprehensive program addresses the physical, mental and social needs of Medicare-eligible members (usually 65-plus).
Kurt Long, director of the OJC Fitness Center, said that Medicare-eligible adults should check with their health plan provider to see if they qualify for a free membership.
“People who have their health plan through a company that is affiliated with Healthways SilverSneakers receive a no-cost basic membership that includes the opportunity to participate in the signature SilverSneakers group exercise classes,” Long explained.
“We are really happy to be affiliated with the Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program and are looking forward to developing a wide range of courses for older adults,” said Long.
Leading the SilverSneakers exercise classes will be Beverlee Miller, OJC Fitness Center Associate, who has been trained to be a SilverSneakers exercise program instructor. The first class she will lead will be Muscular Strength and Range of Motion. The class will begin on June 5 and be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m.
“Participants in this class can expect to improve muscle strength, range of movement and flexibility,” said Miller. “They will find our new Fitness Center to be a safe and fun environment. The classes will utilize some very specific equipment that will help people gain multiple health benefits,” she said.
In addition to the SilverSneakers class being offered this summer, community members can also enroll in a special summer program that offers a two-credit class in the Fitness Center for the price of one credit. Participants can enjoy the use of the weight room, cardio equipment, racquetball courts and aerobics room throughout the summer until August 19.
Other summer classes being offered in the Fitness Center include: Body Bar and Step Class, Aerobics and Zumba. Body Bar and Step Class will be offered on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Aerobics will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12-12:50 p.m. and Zumba will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9-10 a.m.
Summer Semester at OJC begins on Monday, June 4. Registrations will be taken through the first week of class.
To register for these and other Summer Semester courses, stop by the OJC Student Services Center on south San Juan Ave. in La Junta or go online to www.ojc.edu/studentservices.