Liberty Parks & Rec has expanded its FREE virtual and in-person Evidence-Based Programs! These wellness programs are scientifically proven to help you take charge of your health, manage chronic conditions, increase your physical activity and more. Check out the current program offerings, and if you are interested in some of the others, please fill out the INTEREST FORM and a staff member will contact you within 48 hours of your submission.
Walk With Ease
This 16 week class will meet in-person and begins with an assessment and progresses each week through a full body workout with ankle weights and dumbbells. This class requires registration and attendance standards that require the commitment of 3 classes per week for 1 hour. Class meets Monday. Wednesday and Friday at 9:40 a.m.
In a typical class, participants will experience:
- A certified instructor with special training in bringing out the physical best from older adults.
- A 5-minute warm-up to get the blood flowing to the muscles.
- A 20-minute aerobic workout that gets participants moving to (optional) lively music that the class chooses.
- A 5-minute cool-down.
- A 20-minute strength training workout with soft cuff weights on the arms and legs (up to 20 pounds.)
- A 10-minute stretching workout to keep the muscles flexible.
- Dynamic and static balance exercises throughout the class.
- Lots of opportunities for participants to make new friends and acquaintances.
- Each class may include up to 25 participants with varying fitness levels.
Next session starts Oct. 24. We can add you to the the wait list by clicking the interest form button below.
Active Living Every Day
Aging Mastery Program (AMP)
Aging Mastery is a comprehensive and fun approach to living that celebrates the gift of longevity. Central to the Aging Mastery philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results and that people can be empowered to cultivate health and longevity. Equally important, the program encourages mastery—developing sustainable behaviors across many dimensions that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security, enhanced well-being, and increased connections to communities. The path to mastery is entirely individual. Individuals set their own goals and create their own pathways to these goals, opening the door to autonomy and purpose in the process. Each week will have a guest speaker cover a topic from the curriculum.
Circle of Friends
The overall goal of the Circle of Friends® is to alleviate and prevent loneliness for older adults. Circle of Friends® allows members to meet new people, engage in meaningful activities and discussions, and share feelings of loneliness. This group meets once a week for twelve weeks and focus on goal- oriented encouragement for group members to share input with facilitators and influence the content of meetings. The aim is that members will build strong relationships with one another and continue to meet independently once the formal group has concluded.
The American Diabetes Association identifies this program as meeting the Diabetes Support Initiative criteria for support programming. Each session of the workshop is very interactive allowing participants to build confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives through mutual support and success. Workshops are 2.5 hours long and held once per week over a seven week period of time with plenty of socializing breaks built into each session.
Healthy Eating Every Day
Matter of Balance
Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.
Steps to Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions
This is an interactive evidence-based workshop designed for adults living with a chronic condition such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, as well as adults who care for someone with a chronic condition. This workshop focuses on helping adults manage their chronic conditions through goal setting; stress, anxiety and depression management, physical activity, healthy eating, appropriate use of medication and effective communication with health care providers, family and friends.
Steps to Healthier Living with Chronic Pain
This workshop will focus on helping adults manage their chronic pain through goal setting; techniques that help manage frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, physical activity, healthy eating and appropriate use of medication, as well as, effectively communicating with health care providers, family and friends. Workshops are 2.5 hours long and held once per week over a seven week period of time with plenty of socializing breaks built into the workshops.
Walk With Ease
This program has been proven effective in increasing balance, reducing pain, improving mental health, flexibility and overall physical health. Walk With Ease (WWE) is the only walking program identified as arthritis-appropriate and evidence-based by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brought to you by the experts you trust at the Arthritis Foundation, WWE provides techniques to build up and maintain a successful walking program. This program consists of both an education piece and a walking element. (WWE will meet 2 times per week in-person for education and group walk. One additional walk a week self- directed.)
This project was funded in part by an award to the Missouri Association on Area Agencies on Aging through a grant from Prevention and Public Health Fund given by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living.