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The Town of Huntersville in conjunction with Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics is pleased to announce it has been awarded the Centralina Council on Government’s Excellence Award in “Improving Quality of Life” for its S.O.U.L.S initiative. The Town was recognized for this project on May 14th at Pine Lake Country Club at Centralina’s Annual Board of Delegates Meeting

According to a letter notifying the Town of the award earlier this month, Venecia Rock said, “Centralina COG honors the good works of our local governments through the Region of Excellence Awards. Judges, Bill Duston, former CCOG Planning Director and presently a Planning Director with N-Focus and George Arena, former Lincoln County Commissioner, reviewed each application submitted and found the SOULS project displayed a commitment to regional excellence and regional collaboration.”

 Sarah McAulay, Huntersville Town Commissioner along with Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics and SOULS team members, Joanna Thompson and Tim Breiding were in attendance to accept the award.

The SOULS (Seniors, Older, United and Living Stronger) program pursues a mission to enhance the physical and mental well-being of seniors living and working in the Lake Norman region.  

 

SOULS focuses on three primary areas of service; providing senior focused educational opportunities, health and fitness classes and workshops and senior driven social interactions with peer groups.

Complimentary educational programs cover issues impacting seniors including; financial workshops, health, fitness and nutrition workshops, programs to help seniors navigate healthcare, discussions on housing options and safety are among topics covered. Additionally, a nurse from Novant Health Huntersville is on site twice each week to provide health education and screenings for seniors at no charge.

Specially designed exercise classes including various water exercise formats, Tai Chi, chair aerobics, senior yoga, water walking and core training are some of the programs available to members and guests.

SOULS monthly luncheons and holiday get-togethers encourage social interaction and connection among peers. Further, volunteer projects encourage social interaction, and promote a giveback spirit SOULS seniors can share and enjoy together.

SOULS next big event will be held on May 28 from 8:00 am until 11:00 am at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics in honor of National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Complimentary classes, health screenings, games, programs and vendors will all be on hand to promote good health.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation's largest annual health promotion event for older adults. More than 100,000 older adults will participate in activities at over 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in celebration of the 21st annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this day: to help keep older Americans healthy and fit.

For more information on the CCOG award contact Bobby Williams at bwilliams@huntersville.org.  For more information on SOULS and National Health & Fitness Day, Contact Dee Jetton at djetton@huntersville.org.

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