East County News Service
February 2, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library in La Mesa will host “Fitness and Fun for Life!,” a free program on the County of San Diego’s Feeling Fit Club program and the Sharp Grossmont Mall Walker program, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free and RSVP is not necessary. Light refreshments will be served. Handouts will be available. The library is located at 9001 Wakarusa St.
Speaker at the program will be Daphne Miller, instructor of Feeling Fit Club classes in the East County and leader of the Sharp Grossmont Mall Walker walks held on Saturday mornings.
The Feeling Fit Club, part of a comprehensive program addressing the exercise and socialization components of wellness, is a free exercise program for those over 50 that makes it comfortable and easy to take the first step toward a healthy lifestyle, including more physical activity. It is sponsored by the County’s Health and Human Services Agency, Aging & Independence Services, Health Promotion Unit.
The Grossmont Mall Walkers is a free fitness program for adults sponsored by the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource Center in cooperation with Grossmont Center. Every Saturday, the program offers free exercise classes at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. inside the Grossmont Center Food Court. Since 1987, the Mall Walkers have met for light stretching and an enjoyable walk around this outdoor shopping center. There are three routes to choose from, ranging from 0.5 miles to 1.42 miles.
According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, “We can add exercise to our lives in many ways and find joy in sharing it with others as well as on our own. Exercise can help people maintain independence and activities of daily living as well as improve balance with less falls, increased strength, better sleep, improved mood and better digestion. Join us as we take time to put a smile on our face, take a deep breath and move.”
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and online. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region. For more information, call the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org.