Many of the two-dozen participants point out that fellowship and community building are also key benefits for attending the free monthly dinner and fitness program offered by the Newville Community Wellness Program.
“I enjoy the meal, and learning to make my cooking better,” said Ruth Mutterspaugh, Newville. “I like the fellowship.”
Betty Hancock, Newville, also enjoys “being with friends.” Hancock comes with a group of friends that include June Kramer and Betty Morgan, Newville.
“I like to socialize with the group,” said Morgan.
After dinner, participants can soak in the hot tub or swim laps in the pool under the watchful supervision of a lifeguard. Morgan is especially looking forward to next month when the hot tub will be open.
A fitness program lead by Connie McMullen, Rehab Manager at Quincy, is also offered.
“You don’t need equipment to exercise,” said McMullen, as she showed participants a variety of exercise routines they can do at home.
“It was fun,” said Deb Whitmoyer, Newville, of her first experience at the Wellness event.
Helen McCurdy, Shippensburg, joined Whitmoyer. The program “fit with our program to be better fit and take better care of ourselves,” said Whitmoyer.
The friends plans to return next month.
Although the program has its stalwart supports, it continues to draw new people who are interested in learning more about healthy living and lifestyle choices. Organizers also reach out to area schools and welcomes families to the free dinner.
“We hope to increase our numbers,” said Tammy Ankabrandt, Green Ridge Village Administrative Assistant.
“We can all as a community become more healthy,” said Ankabrandt. “We want healthy kids so we’ll have healthy adults.”
Sponsored by Carlisle Health and Wellness Foundation, the Evening Wellness program has been offered since 2001 and hosted at Green Ridge Village since 2005.
The Newville Community Wellness Program seeks to educate the community and schools about the importance of health and fitness to combating physical ailments, including childhood obesity.
The next Evening Wellness program will be held at Green Ridge Village on Nov. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is themed ‘Healthy Holiday.’ The dinner and fitness program are free and open to the Newville area community, schools, seniors and Green Ridge Village residents.