Region 8 seniors celebrating in a healthy way

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As you drove through Jonesboro on Thursday you could hear music coming from the Craighead County Fairgrounds. More than two hundred Region 8 senior citizens were celebrating the completion of East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging's Senior Challenge.

For 13 weeks, seniors exercised at least thirty minutes a day and ate at least five fruits and vegetables. The result has been a lot of people looking and feeling better.

Program Development Coordinator for the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, Jane Overall, says physical activity is vital to the health and well being of our seniors. "Physical activity is one of the number one things you can do for your mental capabilities. It gets your blood flowing through your brain and the brain's a muscle just like every muscle in your body. And it's real important to keep that muscle exercised."

Ninety-five year old Sarah Jackson is one of the many seniors who participated in the challenge, and says it's great and thinks other seniors should get involved. "It's wonderful, sure is. Get these older people out of the house and some out of their regular ruts and see something new."

Jane says this is the sixth year to hold the Senior Challenge and it seems to keep getting bigger. "It has been growing every year; it seems by leaps and bounds."

Jane says the participants are not only doing something that's healthy for them, but having a great time. "I think the seniors really love the Zumba and the line dancing that they've been doing in their senior centers. They seem really excited about the bean bag baseball and so, we had a home run derby today that was very similar to the bean bag baseball."

Seniors spent the day participating in line dancing, zumba, balloon burst competition and even a healthy picnic.

For information about this event or others at the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, click onto their website.

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