HAP Helps Moms, Seniors Splash Their Way to a Healthy 2008
Free Water Aerobics Program Kicks off in Five Cities this January
DETROIT – December 4, 2007 – Mothers and seniors around Metro Detroit can get a free fitness boost for a healthier New Year, thanks to Health Alliance Plan's Moms in Motion and Senior Splash Bash free water aerobics program. Beginning in January, classes will be offered in five southeast Michigan communities with indoor pools: Clinton Township, Detroit, Southfield, Troy and Warren.
Moms in Motion and Senior Splash Bash classes give seniors a low-impact, calorie burning workout and help mothers get in shape to keep up with their kids and have energy to spare to take care of themselves.
"For many mothers and seniors, staying active is a challenge, and we are pleased to provide this opportunity for them in a safe and convenient environment at no cost," said Chrystal Roberts, HAP's director of community relations.
While the program targets mothers and seniors, any adult may participate, Roberts said. Classes are not limited to HAP members.
"When HAP launched this program in 2004, we didn't expect it to be as popular as it has grown to be today," said Roberts. "Participants across metro Detroit are so pleased with the program that they have asked us to bring it back for another season."
Physical activity can help reduce the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, depression, colon cancer, and premature death. Water aerobics can be ideal for just about anyone because the buoyancy of the water reduces the stress on joints, bones and muscles, and participants can burn calories more efficiently than in traditional workouts.
Classes will be held at the following locations:
Clintondale Middle School, 35300 Little Mack, Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5 p.m. Program runs January 15-February 21. A second session will run February 26-April 1.
Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Drive, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Program runs January 2-February 27.
Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7-8 a.m. Program runs January 7 - February 27.
Southfield High School, 24675 Lahser, Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Program runs January 22 to March 20.
Indoor Municipal Pool, 3179 Livernois, Tuesday and Thursday, 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m. Program runs January 1-March 20.
Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Road, Friday, 9-10 a.m. Program runs January 18-March 14.
For more information about classes, contact HAP at (313) 664-8420 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.
Headquartered in Detroit, Health Alliance Plan is a nonprofit health plan serving more than 540,000 members and 2,000 employer groups. HAP is a subsidiary of the Henry Ford Health System, one of the nation's leading regional health care systems. The health plan serves companies of all sizes through the flagship HMO, PPOs, Medicare Advantage plans, experience-rated, fully insured and self-funded products, and consumer-driven health plans with compatible health savings accounts. The National Committee for Quality Assurance awarded HAP's commercial HMO and HAP Senior Plus, its Medicare Advantage HMO, Excellent Accreditation.
Tiffany Baker, MA
Public Relations Specialist
Susan Schwandt, APR
Public Relations Director