Those who live, have visited or heard about The Villages know that this community on 23,000 acres and growing with over 91,000 residents, with 20 new homeowners a day is an absolutely amazing environment. Resident’s are encouraged to be involved with a healthy and active lifestyle in their community, as they have over 28 recreation centers, 62 swimming pools and 1,800 clubs. Oh, not to forget the 100s of holes of Golf.
My experience will confirm with a HUGE THUMBS UP that The Villages is not only America’s Friendliest Community and Healthiest Hometown in the U.S.. They in fact have what I know will continue to be the standard for all future healthy active retirement developments. I say retirement reluctantly as you see quickly everyone moving, engaged and happy not sitting, isolated or depressed. Living Life Actively Aging should begin at birth and continue for everyone, right? Why Not? Remember – “We do not stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing.”tk
Another inspiration I was very excited to learn about is; a new partnership between the developer of The Villages, the University of South Florida and The Villages Health System which has been created to help Villages residents enjoy that optimum health. “Nothing is more important to a senior than his or her health,” said Gary Morse, developer of The Villages. “We’ve been searching for a creative, forward thinking university to work with local health care providers, study our community and bring us innovative ideas that will enhance the health of our retirees. We want to create America’s healthiest hometown.”
“Together, we have a bold goal, namely to help the residents of The Villages live longer and better,” said Dr. Stephen Klasko, dean of the USF College of Medicine and chief executive officer of USF Health. “We’ll listen, we’ll assess and then we’ll implement a series of actions focusing on the ways to make the biggest difference in residents’ quality of life.”
In the past year I have visited and engaged with many residents there on 10 day trip’s to visit my active in laws, whom moved in January of 2012. While there with my family traveling on what seems like 100s of miles of golf cart paths I would take advantage of the great pathways to train with my Balance Walking Poles. While walking and adding the various levels of training innovations I was stopped in a 2 hour period by near to 25 residents. After sharing with them, they wanted to try my poles and they wanted to learn how to add the training to their daily walks. Many suggested I contact The Villages Recreation Department whom might be able to help introduce Balance Walking.
Well that has evolved in to a great invitation from John Rohan the Director of Recreation and Golf. He guided me to Alicia the Recreation Supervisor at Captiva Recreation Center whom is a talented Recreation Department Team member. I was able to meet with, share the program and train an hour to give her a real feel for how easy, fun, this new dimension brings to every day walking. She scheduled for January 25, 2013 — 3 classes which were filled to capacity in a several hours. So of course I offered to stay through Monday January 28th offering 2 more classes which were filled to capacity as well.
The great NEWS is I will be staying in The Villages to offer to those whom will contact me by phone at: 770-653-5995 or email at email@example.com several informal personal sessions over the weekend in order to help everyone get started. For those whom took the classes on Friday January 25th I will be offering more training as well over the weekend.
Below is the formal note that went out to a very small sampling of residents in The Villages
Balance Walking! January 25th! Free Event!
Come try out this new form of walking that will burn more calories than regular walking and tone you all over.
Remember to wear workout clothing and tennis shoe.
Meet 15 minutes before your schedule time at Wilkerson’s Creek Park in Sumter Landing. (Pavilion next to Sonny’s)
There will be three sessions Friday, January 25th:
10am – 11:30am
1pm – 2:30pm
3pm – 4:30pm
We’re only taking 12 people in each session. Even though it is a free event, please sign up at any regional center ASAP to get in…
I spent over an hour with the Terry Kennedy and can say; “it really is an awesome activity and you can EASILY cater it to your fitness level”
Oh not to forget the other filled sessions on
Two sessions Monday, January 28th:
10am – 11:30am
1pm – 2:30pm
See Ya All There…
Poles will be provided to the attendees to use during the classes. Those whom want to have their own poles can purchase in advance need only to contact Terry Kennedy or go directly to the order site by clicking HERE