Press Release | Milan Seniors for Healthy Living: Awarded a Grant for a New

Wellness Program for the Senior Citizens of Milan.


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Milan Seniors for Healthy Living (MSHL) was awarded a $1000 grant from The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation to help fund a walking program to promote senior striving to live an active lifestyle. Walking is a simple, inexpensive way to exercise, and does not

require specific equipment. A pair of good shoes and a good place to walk is all you need. Just walking 10k steps per day will significantly help to improve emotional health, balance, and decrease the risk for falls. It also decreases the risk and/or severity of chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Walking programs are also good for socializing and mental stimulation, and can help decrease your risk for memory issues. So the program at MSHL is designed to encourage these health benefits for the seniors in the Milan area.

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Press Release, Sept 11, 2013

“Walk Michigan” is a one year program designed to increase the steps taken by our seniors with a goal of 10,000 steps per day (about five miles) at least three days a week, and averaging about 15 miles a week. A virtual walking path has been created from the senior

center to the Painted Rocks in Upper Peninsula through small, charming towns like Milan to include: Onsted, Otsego, Reed City, Boyne Falls, and Paradise among others. Different fun and encouraging activities have been designed around “arriving” at these destinations to help provide encouragement to the participants as they strive to increase the number of steps they take each day. Each participant will be given a pedometer to help them determine the number of steps walked, and these steps will be recorded and tracked. Using this fun, cost effective activity of “Walk Michigan”, participants should see and feel an increase in their general health while Nicole St John, MSHL Intern Madonna University “exploring” many of the hidden gems embedded in our beautiful state. Weekly, participants will gather as a group to learn about the “destination” they just reached, to talk and offer support to one another, and set the next “destination”.

This program, made possible by a grant from The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation, is the brain child of MSHL’s director, Jennifer Michalak, and has been developed by Nicole St. John. Nicole is a gerontology student at Madonna University currently doing an internship at MSHL. Her infectious enthusiasm as she has developed the “Walk Michigan” program has many people chomping at the bit to get started. To learn more about this program and to sign up, call MSHL at 734-508-6229.

The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation is a permanent and growing charitable community endowment that, through a wide variety of grants and programs, serves to enhance life in our community….for now and forever. The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation, through its affiliation with the Community Foundation of Monroe County, manages charitable endowment funds established by caring families who want to give something back to their community. Revenue generated from these funds provides grants and scholarships to cultural, educational and humanitarian programs, exactly as the donors intend.

Source: Nicole St John, MSHL Intern Madonna University

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