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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

City celebrates older Americans

By Lindsay Starr Platt, Harker Heights Evening Star

Friday morning at Carl Levin Park in Harker Heights, the city kicked off “Older Americans Month” with a one-mile walk around the track. Several attendees showed up to participate in the walk and had the chance to meet new people as they got their daily exercise in. The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department provided bottled water for the participants to keep them hydrated.

“We are excited to offer opportunities for the Older American community. The one-mile walk is a great kick off to get the older population ‘into the act’,” said Heather Cox, activities coordinator, Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department.

Participants came prepared for the event with their walking shoes on, and some even brought “walking buddies” to keep them company on the walk.

“It was awesome! I just wish more people had showed up,” said Elfi Hammond.

In addition to the one mile walk, Mayor Rob Robinson made an appearance and read a City Proclamation proclaiming the month of May “Older Americans Month for the City of Harker Heights.” After the proclamation, Robinson grabbed a water bottle and joined the participants as they started the walk.

“I feel so much better. I have been wanting more people to come work out at the rec center. It is free on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon,” said Emy Nasiotas. “Anyone can join.”

Harker Heights Parks and Recreation has activities planned for the month of May to celebrate “Older Americans Month”. On Thursday, May 21 there will be a “Community Coffee” from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Harker Heights Recreation Center for a chance to catch up on what’s happening in the community with coffee and light breakfast provided.

Also on May 21 at the Harker Heights Recreation Center, join in for the Trade Secrets, Staying Heart Healthy it will be starting at 11:30 a.m. During the program, as you bring your own lunch, you get to listen to a talk from Family Care Home Health about staying heart healthy and get a free blood pressure check.

“While the Harker Heights Parks & Recreation provides a variety of programs within their Senior Recreation program for older adults year-round, “Older Americans Month” offers an opportunity to provide additional events and services emphasizing on health, exercise, and well being for the older adults. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in those communities,” said Nichole Broemer,  recreation & events coordinator,  Parks & Recreation Department, City of Harker Heights.

For more information call (254) 953-5465 or visit www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/parks

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