The City of Penticton is offering free fitness classes, aimed at those with cognitive or physical impairments. (Stock photo)

Penticton offers free social and fitness program

Weekly program designed for adults aged 55 to 70 with cognitive or developmental disabilities

The City of Penticton is offering a new program for adults between the ages of 55 and 70 who have cognitive or developmental disabilities and wish to meet with others and take part in fitness and recreation programs each week.

The Social Activities and Fitness for Everyone program runs from May 22 to July 24, from noon to 3 p.m. each Wednesday.

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Shawn Ironstone, recreation co-ordinator for the City of Penticton, said the first hour of the program provides an introduction to activities offered through the city. These include African drumming, aquatic fitness, hoop fitness, Zumba and others.

“We want to promote the programs we have here,” he said.

In the second hour, following a healthy snack, participants will have time to socialize.

The third hour will be spent in the fitness room, the gym or the pool.

Ironstone said the program is designed to run similar to a day program for adults.

Funding came through a Union of B.C. Municipalities grant.

There are a total of 12 spaces in the program, with six still to be filled. There is no cost for the program.

For information or to register, visit www.penticton.ca/recreation or call 250-490-2426.

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