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HRRMC Wellness U Classes Begin Sept. 12

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center's community wellness program, Wellness U, will continue to offer active classes for all ages this fall. New classes begin Sept. 12.

A fitness class designed for people with Parkinson's disease will be held Mondays, Sept. 12-Oct. 17, from 12-1 p.m. This class is recommended for anyone diagnosed with Parkinson's who can move independently. The first class includes a balance assessment. All sessions are comprised of a warm-up, walking, and exercises that target the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. The class will be held at Yoga Olas, 1548 G Street, Salida. Cost is $48 for six classes.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is an evidence-based program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and approved by the National Agency on Aging. This class helps to improve leg strength, stability, balance and cognitive function, and is proven to reduce fall risk in older adults and those with Parkinson's disease. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 12-Nov. 23, from 10-11 a.m., at Yoga Olas, 1548 G Street, Salida. The registration fee is $75 for 22 classes.

Wellness U also offers an affordable, indoor gym for all ages. Cardiovascular and strength-training equipment is available to members of the public during open-gym times with limited supervision. Space is limited to six participants per hour and the membership fee is $40 per month. The gym is located in the HRRMC Medical Clinics, 550 W. Hwy. 50, Salida.

If you have questions about any Wellness U classes or programs or would like to get registered, contact Jon Fritz at (719) 530-2057. Info is also available at