April 7th is World Health Day - a day that brings attention to a specific theme which highlights an area of health priority. The pandemic highlighted profound inequities across race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, and more, so it’s fitting that this year’s theme is “Building a fairer, healthier world”. COVID has had the harshest impact on those communities and individuals who were already vulnerable.
The 2021 World Health Day campaign asks individuals to “work hand in hand with affected communities and individuals to address the root causes of inequities and to implement solutions – within and beyond the health sector -to address them.”
At StrongerU Senior Fitness, our daily mission is to empower those who serve seniors to deliver high quality fitness programming. Access to high quality fitness programming improves overall health, wellness, and immunity, and can help decrease incidence of falls and chronic disease. Our goal and dream is that every recreation, wellness, and fitness professional who serve seniors will have access to the tools and resources to deliver high-quality senior fitness programming. Everything about StrongerU helps to facilitate this – online education, self-paced learning, affordable pricing, access from any device, and monthly, pre-choreographed class content in four formats – Cardio, Strength, Stretch, and Circuit. We have done our best to do everything we can to remove the barriers to quality fitness education for individuals who work (or want to work) with seniors.
Prior to COVID-19, there were vast gaps in fitness education within senior-serving sectors such as retirement communities, long-term care homes, and home care companies. Some of these gaps have been identified and improved, but there is still work to be done. We’ve been encouraged by all the organizations and individuals who have reached out to us and said:
“We see the gaps, we want to fix it, can you help us?”
“I want to do better for my residents.”
“Since we can’t have our outside instructors come in right now, we want to make sure that we can help keep our residents fit and healthy.”
And the list goes on…
Today is World Health Day and we are committed to doing our part to build a fairer, healthier world.
Will you join us?