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HAP Helps Seniors Splash Their Way to a Healthy New Year

Free water aerobics classes begin in January at UM - Flint Recreation Center

FLINT – December 16, 2009 – As the New Year approaches, it's a good time to consider the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. If you are one of many older adults who want to improve their fitness but have trouble exercising due to joint or other pain, Health Alliance Plan (HAP) wants to help.

Water aerobics offers a low-impact, calorie burning workout that can be ideal for anyone – even people with arthritis or other chronic conditions – because the buoyancy of the water reduces stress on joints, bones and muscles.

Beginning January 12, 2010, HAP will sponsor free "Senior Splash Bash" water aerobics classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon at University of Michigan - Flint Recreation Center, located at 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint 48502. Classes end on April 22, 2010. The program is open to the public and is not limited to HAP members.

HAP launched its nationally recognized water aerobics program in 2005 in partnership with Detroit's community recreation departments. Today, more than 2,600 adults participate each year. The program received a 2009 Pinnacle Award for Best Practices from the Michigan Association of Health Plans and an honorable mention in the 2009 America's Health Insurance Plans Foundation's Community Leadership Awards.

Water aerobics can lead to improvements in depression, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength, total cholesterol and kidney health, according to numerous published studies. Participants in HAP-sponsored water aerobics in summer 2009 commonly reported pain reduction, better sleep, weight loss and lower blood pressure as a result of participating in the program.

Call (810) 762-3441 for registration details or inquire in-person at UM - Flint Recreation Center. For a full list of class locations, visit www.hap.org/health/water_aerobics.php.

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