By Andrew Alonzo | aalonzo@claremont-courier.com

More than 100,000 elderly people attended the 28th Annual National Elderly Health and Fitness Day last Wednesday in more than 1,000 locations across the country. Event Website.

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On Wednesday, AgingNext, a California herbalist, and Charles Showab organized a fitness day for more than 100 seniors to learn about eating habits and how to maintain a healthy mind.

“We thought it would be fun to work with the California Botanical Gardens – just get outdoors and engage active and active seniors in walking and learning about the importance of exercise and nutrition,” said Floy Biggs, CEO of Aging Nexus. “We want to make sure we are educating people about the opportunities and importance of knowing the resources available when you are growing up at home.”

In the garden next to the gift shop, there are 10 vendors, each with a focus on health and fitness.

The Inter Valley Health Plan provides Medicare information, a registered dietitian and nutritionist from Western Health discusses common dietary myths and explains what seniors should look for on the back of food labels.

Hendrik Pharmacy announces to attendees about Covide-19 booster vaccine available at the pharmacy, and volunteers from Claremont City High Program volunteer discuss the opportunities at the Josslin Center.

A dental hygienist explains which products can harm or damage our teeth. Again, they are high in sodium.

Other participants include Aging Nexus, Kassa Colina, Wolf Market and Women’s Rice Psychological and Health Center.

Various exercises include taichi, meditation, yoga, pilates, orthopedics and mind-blowing walks in the garden on Monday.

Inter Valley Health Plan Volunteers Candice Fagan, Left and Patricia Dibl, at Wednesday’s National Senior Health and Fitness Day event, use their temporary water bottle weights to do arm exercises in the California Gallery Outdoor Gallery. COURIER Photo / Andrew Alonzo.

Whether you are choking, going to the next room, or enjoying the natural beauty of the garden, it seems that all the elders in the audience are enjoying a day of activity.

“It was great! The hard work at the event’s all the features included, the ways to get to the room and the different sections and volunteers who put the case together, and I appreciate it all,” said Monica Weekman.

“The participating organizations should be amazed. [you know] It is because they have donated their time and effort that we have benefited. ”

The four-hour event ended at 2 p.m. While it is yet to be determined whether 2022 will allow the community to gather for the next National Health and Fitness Day, the fingers of Biggs and its aging staff have been cut off.

“We hope we can continue to do this every year,” Biggs said. ”[This year] I think we are just beginning to get back to normal. And I think the Garden of Eden is a great opportunity to spend time with nature and it makes us all feel good.