ICE BREAKER—Kevin Bolding, Kim Maddox and Dorothy Bradshaw take part in a ice breaking exercise. (Photo by J. L. Martello)

Forget “50 is the new 40” or even “the new 30,” age 50 is about moving forward. That’s why the YMCA and Pfizer Inc. launched 50 MOVING FORWARD, a healthy living plan designed to motivate adults 50 years and older with fresh ideas around behaviors that experts say are crucial to healthy aging: physical activity; preventive measures like screenings and vaccinations; healthy eating; and social interaction.
Those who want practical information, tips and activities that will help them build a healthier future can enroll for free now through May 24 at the locations delivering the program, the Allegheny Y, Penn Hills Y, PNC Y, Thelma Lovette Y and all other YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh wellness locations or online at YMCA.net/50Mov­ingForward.
“Adults 50 years and older are the fastest growing age group at the Y, so it’s important that we offer resources geared toward this population. The 50 MOVING FORWARD program does exactly that in an environment that allows adults to focus on health, fitness, preventive measures and fun,” said Gary Nowading, YMCA district vice president.  
“50 MOVING FORWARD offers interesting and motivating activities that enhance the physical, mental and social well-being of adults 50 and older.”
The 50 MOVING FORWARD hosts weekly wellness events, classes and workshops. Both YMCA members and nonmembers are invited to join for free. It includes Walking Clubs, Cycling classes and bike rides, Cultural Trips, Healthy Cooking and Grilling Seminars. A full calendar of events is available at http://www.ymcapgh.org.
Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the US population, and by 2015, they are expected to represent 45 percent of Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. That’s why the Y, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits dedicated to improving the nation’s health, teamed up with Pfizer, with its health care expertise, to develop the program.

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