New Study Supports Riderwood's Ongoing Fitness Efforts

Upcoming Health and Fitness Week is just what the doctor ordered

(SILVER SPRING, MD) - Scientific findings revealed last week in the study, Midlife Fitness and the Development of Chronic Conditions in Later Life, published in the Archive of Internal Medicine, proves that it takes a whole lot more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. The study shows that being fit in the middle of your life delays the onset and duration of chronic diseases later in life by more than 40%. As a result of these findings, many Americans are taking a closer look at their fitness regimes. However, for community members at Riderwood, an Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md., the study reaffirms their ongoing efforts to promote longevity through healthy living. Currently, plans for the community's 2nd annual Health & Fitness Week are in full swing. Residents, staff, and family members will enjoy unprecedented access to health and fitness professionals, activities, and seminars beginning Monday, September 17th through Friday, September 21, 2012, on the campus grounds. "The purpose of our Health and Fitness Week is to showcase the numerous classes and professional services Riderwood provides all year long," says wellness coordinator Lindsey Drabczyk. "There are so many benefits of physical activity including weight control, improving moods, better sleep, increased energy, and, as the recent study shows, combating health conditions and disease." This year's highlights include water aerobics, square dancing, tai chi, Zumba, a senior-fit challenge, tap dance class, and the community's annual tennis tournament. A variety of health related seminars will also be held on topics including "Fitness 101," "8 Ways to Live Healthier," and "Overcoming Obstacles to Healthy Eating." In addition to physical fitness, attention will also be given to importance of keeping mentally fit. Lori Wimer, R.N. will present "Keeping Sharp: Memory Improvement in Older Adults," and Ruth Oliver, L.S.W. will present "Strategies for Coping with Memory Loss." "Exercise has profound effects on mental acuity and should be a focus of all fitness regimes," says Drabczyk. "Our goal is to help educate and promote all the important aspects of aging and living well including exercise, proper nutrition, health conscious decisions, and mental acuity." "At Riderwood there's really no excuse not to exercise," says community member Ion Deaton. "The Fitness Center and staff are wonderful. "They're always helpful and ensure you get the most out of your workouts."  Any media representative interested in attending this year's Health and Fitness Week events should contact Dan Dunne, Director of Communications, Corporate Affairs, at (410) 402-2097.

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ABOUT RIDERWOOD: Riderwood, which over 2,500 residents, is the nation's largest continuing care retirement community.  It sits on 120 acres that stretch across Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.  Riderwood offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Centers. Also, there are more than 200 resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards; computers and technology; dance; faith-based and interfaith; fitness and sports; games; gardening; lifelong learning; music; literature, philanthropy. Riderwood is managed by Erickson Living.