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Live a Healthier Life

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Do you want a healthier lifestyle?  Do you want to stop being plagued by frequent colds and regain your pep?  Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging (HVAAA) and the Buchanan County Health Center are offering an eight week educational series to help area residents develop healthy behaviors that contribute to longevity and reduce the risk of disease.

                "Eight Weeks to WellnessTM is a great training tool to help make nutrition and exercise changes that can, if continued, help promote better overall health and wellbeing," stated, Stacy McMahon, Director of the Therapy & Wellness Connection, Buchanan County Health Center.

                The Eight Weeks to WellnessTM program will be held each Tuesday, starting April 7 at the Buchanan County Senior Center, 400 5th Avenue, Independence. Lunch will be served at Noon with the class beginning at 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn ways to become more physically active, develop healthy lifestyles, make healthy fat and carbohydrate choices, achieve and maintain a healthy weight, cope with stress, enhance body-mind connections, and the importance of preventative health checks.

                "This is a great way to kick off Older Americans Month in May," stated Diana Johnson, Senior Services Coordinator for Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging. "The theme is ‘Living Today for a Better Tomorrow' and this program ties into that theme by encouraging people to make practical lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk of disease and illness, and overall increases their energy levels."

                To register for this class call the Buchanan County Senior Center at 319-334-7011. There is a minimal registration fee of $5 to cover the cost of the Participant Guide and other materials for the class. Lunch is available on a contribution basis for people age 60 and over, otherwise cost is $6 for those under age 60. 

HVAAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving elders in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Grundy, Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties. HVAAA coordinates services for people ages 60 and older and their caregivers to maintain the independence they desire. Some of the services provided by HVAAA include home delivered meals, caregiver support and respite services, case management services, congregate meals, public information and education, Senior Helpline, and advocacy.

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