Marion County Department of Health to Offer ‘Staying Healthy as You Age’ Class

Empowering Seniors to Keep their Hearts Healthy: A “Staying Healthy as You Age” Class in Ocala, Florida

In Ocala, Florida, the Marion Oaks Community Center will host a “Staying Healthy as You Age” class for seniors aged 55 and above on February 22, 2024. The event, organized by the Florida Department of Health in Marion County (DOH-Marion), is taking place from 11 a.m. to noon. This class comes during American Heart Month, which aims to raise awareness about heart disease and promote prevention and treatment in the community.

The DOH-Marion encourages all Floridians, especially seniors, to adopt healthy lifestyle practices to promote heart health and overall well-being. Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, incorporating physical activity into weekly schedules, and consuming nutritious foods are some of the ways that individuals can support a healthy cardiovascular system. Heart disease is a leading cause of death both nationwide and in Florida, making it crucial for individuals to prioritize heart health.

In collaboration with Marion County Senior Services, the DOH-Marion is offering this class to provide seniors with resources and information on healthy aging. The class aims to help participants discover ways to promote healthy aging through various methods such as maintaining a positive attitude, focusing on good nutrition, physical activity, regular medical exams, stimulating the brain with mental exercises, and maintaining an active social life. There is no need for pre-registration for this event; interested individuals can contact Melissa Marino at 352-644-2624 for more information.

The Florida Department of Health is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all individuals in Florida through integrated efforts at state

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