AARP Sponsors New Outdoor Fitness Park to Improve Health on St. Croix

AARP Fitness Park on St. Croix (Submitted picture)

AARP in The Virgin Islands and the V.I. Section of Sporting activities, Parks and Recreation have introduced an AARP Sponsored Outdoor Fitness Park at Altona Lagoon, in Christiansted, St. Croix, a long-phrase expense in the health of inhabitants. This donation from AARP incorporates funding for fitness classes at the park for men and women of all ages. Younger young children need to be supervised by an adult.

“We have generally worked to help Us citizens – especially those 50 and about – maintain their health as they age, and this fitness park will aid Virgin Islanders continue to be lively and healthy,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP. “The objective of healthy growing old is additional significant than at any time as ordinary daily life expectations have enhanced. This park can be one resource to assist folks continue to be healthy, regardless of whether they use it these days or in a number of months or decades.”

A expanding selection of scientific studies link workout not only to cardiovascular health and an amplified lifestyle span but also to decreased costs of melancholy, dementia and other concerns.

By the stop of this 12 months, AARP plans to sponsor a fitness park in just about every point out, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to commemorate the organization’s 60th anniversary celebrated in 2019.

The fitness parks have been built and crafted to serve communities for a ten years or extra. The initial AARP Sponsored Outside Fitness Park opened in St. Petersburg, Fla., in April 2019. AARP is doing work with FitLot, which is a 501c3 organization dedicated to assisting communities find the methods they need to system and make outdoor fitness parks.

Every park involves FitLotTM workout products and will come with programming designed to meet a vast range of fitness amounts and abilities. FitLot’s programming involves protocols and instruction on how to safely and securely function the devices, even as the country copes with the pandemic.  The fitness parks must only be utilised when permitted by community authorities in compliance with CDC guidance.

“This AARP Sponsored Outside Fitness Park is a image of AARP’s dedication to support assure that the individuals of the Virgin Islands have a way to exercising and stay healthy as they age,” reported Troy de Chabert-Schuster, state director of AARP in the territory.

“With the use of this park by families and older older people, citizens can generate connections, have interaction a lot more, and produce a sense of community, helping to make our communities additional livable. AARP many thanks the governor of the Virgin Islands, Albert Bryan Jr., and the V.I. Section of Sports, Parks and Recreation for doing the job with us to make this probable. We glimpse ahead to continuing to operate with the division as they present courses and instructors for Virgin Islanders who go to and use the fitness park produced feasible through AARP funding,” explained de Chabert-Schuster.

“The Office of Sports, Parks and Recreation is elated to collaborate with AARP in the Virgin Islands,” reported Calvert White, commissioner of the Section of Sporting activities, Parks and Recreation.  “A part of our mandate is to supply recreational routines for the neighborhood.  With the opening of the AARP Sponsored Outside Fitness Park, we now have a further avenue that can cater to our senior populace. We are wanting forward to making programs at the park that will greatly enhance the entire community’s bodily potential and high quality of lifetime.  Thank you to AARP for producing this a fact!”

People today need to consult with their health care provider prior to starting any new physical exercise program. AARP also has recommendations from the Facilities for Condition Manage and Prevention on browsing an open up leisure facility, get the heart and body pumping, soak in some Vitamin D and safely and securely link with other individuals in the neighborhood:

  • Carry sanitizer with at the very least 60 p.c liquor to wipe down the devices before and soon after you use it
  • Keep your distance (six toes) from any individual who is not in your home
  • Keep groups tiny, with no extra than 10 folks gathered
  • Clean hands typically with cleaning soap and water for at the very least 20 seconds or use sanitizer just after using the tools, heading to the rest room and just after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • And stay household if you are emotion unwell or have been uncovered to any individual who has COVID-19 or any other disease.

For a list of open up AARP Sponsored Outside Fitness Parks, visit: