Local Seniors Participate in Active Aging Week Pedalthon

EAGAN, Minn. (Sept. 29, 2015) – Residents of The Commons on Marice, a Goodman Group managed senior living community, are pedaling toward fitness during Active Aging Week! The International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) is challenging organizations throughout North America to come up with ways to motivate older adults to stay active and benefit from healthier lifestyles. The Commons on Marice has accepted the challenge and is hosting a Pedalthon on September 30 in conjunction with the company’s national FIT Functional Fitness™ program.


The Commons on Marice
1380 Marice Drive
Eagan, MN 55121

Date and Time:

Wed., September 30, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

The Commons on Marice’s goal is to continuously pedal for 11 hours and achieve a distance of 1,000 miles. Participants will include residents, team members, family members, friends and Eagan High School students to help us reach our goal. There will be a refreshment station with infused water, smoothies, and granola bars.

active-agingFIT Functional Fitness is a personalized program developed by The Goodman Group in partnership with a physical therapist and board-certified geriatric specialist. The program’s targeted exercises are designed to deliver the maximum benefit for each participant. The goal is to increase overall health and wellbeing, reduce potential for falls, encourage residents to remain active, and, when possible, reduce the need for assisted mobility devices.

FIT Functional Fitness incorporates four fitness programs, taking current health levels into consideration and allowing all residents participate, no matter their current functional fitness level. As their strength and endurance increases, residents may choose to progress to other programs offered.

“Research shows that with regular exercise, many of the physiological changes related to aging can be prevented or postponed,” says Katie Westberg, national director of Life Enrichment at The Goodman Group. “With FIT Functional Fitness, participants can see long-lasting and significant strength training benefits within an 8-16 week period.”

The theme for Active Aging Week 2015 (Sept. 27-Oct. 3) is “Live your Adventure.” Residents of Chandler Place and St. Anthony Health Center who are currently participating in FIT Functional Fitness will pedal as they watch video of the fall foliage along The Great River Road to reach the Gulf of Mexico, their ultimate adventure destination. Participants’ mileage will be combined. Friends, family and staff will be there to cheer on participants.

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