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National Senior Health & Fitness Day: Active Today, Healthier Tomorrow

Join in all the fun during the Nation's largest older adult health and wellness event on Wednesday, May 30 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Countryside YMCA. Several senior athletes will share their stories, and we'll have several other activities including free senior fitness classes. A Physical Therapist will be on site for blood pressure readings and to answer questions, and a personal trainer will be in the Starter Fitness room. 

FREE event
May 30, 2018
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Stolle Center at Countryside YMCA 

                                                          SENIOR ATHLETE STORIES                                                                                                                      

Bob Arledge Bob is 82 years old, and a national champion pole vaulter. He competed in the Senior Olympic Games, USA Track & Field Masters in March and won a gold medal for the pole vault in the 80-84 age group. He began pole vaulting as a 9th grader and continued his vaulting career continued at Otterbein University. While at Otterbein University, Bob studied biology and Spanish and met his future wife. They married, and Bob continued his education and became a certified physical therapist, then joined the military. Bob retired in 1988, a Colonel in the USAF with 30 years of active duty as associate chief of the Bio-Medical Sciences Corps. After retirement, he wanted to maintain the same fitness level as when in the military. This proved more difficult than expected until a college friend introduced him to the Senior Olympics, and he picked up where he left off in college. Bob has been the Ohio Senior Olympic Champion in his age group for the past eight years. He also competed in the National Senior Olympics in Houston and Louisville, placing third and sixth. In 2014 he placed second at the US Senior Track & Field National Championships in North Carolina. “I keep getting a little better,” he says. “Usually, when you’re older you get worse at things, but if you work hard enough and eat right and train right, you can reverse that aging process.” Bob will also be competing again this year at the National Senior Olympics in Minnesota and in July at The Ohio Senior Olympics, which will be held at his alma mater, Otterbein University. “I guess I’m a national champion now, which feels pretty good,” he says. Bob has been invited to compete at the World Senior Games in Lyon France in the fall of 2015. “I didn’t know it, but they said I’m ranked ninth in the world in my age group.” Bob and his wife reside at Otterbein Lebanon Retirement Community.  
 Terri Williams Terri is a 2017 National Senior Games Association Bronze Table Tennis Winner! She turned 90 in January and plays regularly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the table tennis group at Countryside YMCA.  

Contact Julie Fennessey
513 932 1424 ext 148

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