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Participants never want to miss the new Geri-Fit class offered twice a week at the center

The Canby Adult Center has long offered a variety of fitness classes, but recently, leaders have made some changes in a shift toward evidence-based programs—classes that are proven to work.

"As a center supporting older adults' efforts to stay healthy and active, we have a responsibility to ensure that we are keeping up with current 'best thinking' and research regarding effective activities for our population," Director Kathy Robinson said in the center's August newsletter.

With the changes to programming, the center welcomed Mindy Tilden to the staff as the wellness coordinator. She is now teaching a seated weight-lifting class called Geri-Fit on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. The class is the first seated exercise class to be vetted as evidence-based by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Robinson.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Mindy Tilden (right) leads the Geri-Fit class at the Canby Adult Center.

"There are some elements where they can stand if they can, but it's mostly seated so that anyone can take it—any level of strength or lack of strength can take it," Tilden said. "And we just welcome everybody."

One participant, Grace Burnham, will be 107 years old in November.

"I don't ever like to miss," Burnham said as she passed Tilden on her way into the class.

Another participant, Janine Miller, doesn't like to miss either. In fact, she has taken a similar exercise class at the center for the last 15 years.

"If I miss, I feel very rusty after," Miller said. "I'm stiff and everything. I want to come back.

"And she's terrific," Miller said of Tilden.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Janine Miller (left) never likes to miss the Geri-Fit class at the adult center on Mondays and Thursdays.

According to Tilden, participants had been exercising to a video for the last year since the previous instructor retired. She said with a laugh that while the video was popular, she believes she's winning the class over.

And Tilden is enjoying the class too.

"It's amazing. It's so fun," Tilden said. "I love these people. I can't wait to be here more than just twice a week, because it's amazing how quickly you just fall in love with these folks."

Tilden will soon have her wish as she will teach a second evidence-based class, Better Bones and Balance, beginning Sept. 23.

In addition to Geri-Fit and Better Bones and Balance, Canby Adult Center offers a variety of fitness classes including Tai Chi, Walk with Ease, Matter of Balance and diabetes prevention activities.

Those interested in more information about the classes can visit the center in-person at 1250 S. Ivy St. in Canby or call 503-266-2970.

Kristen Wohlers
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