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Senior center testing out new exercise classes

| April 25, 2014

COSHOCTON – Valerie Crawford is loving the yoga class being offered at the Coshocton Senior Center.

“Stretching is very important for older people,” she said. “I want to keep moving and be agile.”

The senior center has always offered exercise classes, but Jamie Williams, director, wanted to try new programs when attendance at previous classes started getting a little low.

“They’ve been loving it and it’s going over real well,” she said.

The six-week yoga session started at the end of March and is taught by Lynn Russell from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

“I’ve never done Yoga before, but Lynn is real nice and assists you in class,” Crawford said.

The class is great for those who are already active and those who may be new to exercise.

“At first some of them were kind of scared, but then they found out they could do it,” Williams said. “Lynn can modify the exercises if she needs to. She’s been great with them and very helpful.”

The next class to be tested out at the senior center will be one on tai chi offered by Holly Rainwater. The class will be at 1 p.m. on Thursdays, July 3 through Aug. 28.

“In the fall we also are going to do a non-impact aerobics class,” Williams said. “We just want to find out what type of exercise program there is the most interest for and make one or several of them permanent next year.”

The senior center serves people who are 60 and older.

“Exercise is important for everyone, especially seniors,” Williams said. “It plays a vital role with their health and we want to do all we can to help keep them on the go and active.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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