Studies show that regular physical activity decreases the risk for developing depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, and some kinds of cancer. VA Butler Healthcare is excited to offer free, weekly fitness classes for Veterans beginning February 11, 2013 to help promote the importance of physical activity and the health benefits it provides.
“People of all ages and body types benefit from regular exercise,” said Karen Dunn, VA Butler’s Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (HPDP) Program Manager. “We are excited to offer our Veterans free weekly fitness classes to help them improve and maintain their overall health.”
VA Butler Healthcare’s Veteran fitness classes will be held weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:30 - 5:30pm in VA Butler’s Auditorium. The classes are provided free of charge to our Veterans, but Veterans must pre-register before attending classes. To pre-register, contact VA Butler's HPDP Program Manager at 800.362.8262, ext. 2292.
Veteran Krystal Anspach who attended the fitness trial classes in the fall enjoyed the fast pace of it. “It’s great to have something in addition to VA’s MOVE! Program,” she said. Veteran Dan Shaw, another previous exercise class participant said, “These classes are exactly what I need as a Veteran. I’m excited to be able to participate weekly.”
Even if you are out of shape or have not been active in a long time, you can begin activity safely. For important health benefits, you should do at least 2 1/2 hours each week of moderate-intensity, or 1 1/4 hours a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both.
Ready to get fit? Put on your exercise clothes, bring a towel and bottle of water and join us in the VA Butler Auditorium on February 11 for the first class! For more information, please contact VA Butler’s HPDP Program Manager at 724.285.2292.