“We are opening the senior center to everyone in the community, there are no age limits,” said Judy Drake, an active member of the center.
An instructor at the Marietta Family YMCA will oversee the exercise classes, which will be held Mondays at 6 p.m. at the senior center, located on Washington Boulevard.
“This is a great way for (the YMCA) to become more involved and communicate with the community in Belpre,” said Al Miller, executive director of the Marietta YMCA.
The classes are a joint project among the Belpre United Methodist Churches Health Ministries, the YMCA and the Belpre Senior Citizens Center and will cost a $2 donation.
The YMCA has been working with the senior center for a few months getting a chair exercise class ready for those who are not able to get up and do heavy exercise.
“We’ve been working on stretching exercises, chair exercises and will now have standing aerobics,” Miller said. “We want to offer a variety of classes to open up more to the community.”
The chair exercise class meets Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. and is designed to provide an overall exercise program for anyone not able to participate in standing exercises, but enjoys exercising to music and with friends, said Judy Wiblin, team member of the Belpre Heights United Methodist Church Health Ministries Team.
Miller said the working relationship between the YMCA and the senior center director Susan Stewart is “great.”
“We hope it continues to grow,” he said.