Parking Lot PEPPI
NSC hosted a fun-filled morning on Monday, June 1, with an outdoor
exercise class, held on our front parking lot. Helpers arrived early to â€œdecorateâ€ the parking lot, using lots of sidewalk chalk. We had hearts, encouraging quotes, flowers, and more! Each heart was strategically social distanced to be 6â€™ apart from one another. Each participant had a chair by their â€œheartâ€.
Prior to COVID-19, our volunteer exercise leaders, Vangie Webb and Mary
Sage, held 3 classes every week inside our beautiful facility. Then, in March we received the news that for everyoneâ€™s safety, we needed to discontinue our LIFT and PEPPI classes. We kept thinking we would only be closed for a couple of weeks, then a couple more, and then more. This coronavirus has certainly changed our lives in more ways than we ever imagined.
However, we have a very resilient, determined group of exercise
participants, and when the idea of a parking lot class was presented to them, everyone wanted to come! Vangie and Mary started us out with some basic stretches, and then lead everyone through a mixed session of exercises from our regular LIFT and PEPPI classes. What a joy to see everyone â€œgetting a move onâ€!
Our time was short, as the morning sun was shining brightly, and the black
asphalt pavement turns hot in a hurry. Knowing that we probably werenâ€™t going to have another class anytime soon, each participant received a bag of goodies to take home. In addition to a few treats such as granola bars and small packages of cheese/crackers, everyone received lots of good information for exercises they can do in their own homes, and also healthy eating tips.
We concluded with a drawing for a door prize; won by Lydia Allen! Lydia
received a special gift of goodies, including a â€œWalk With Easeâ€ guidebook,
published by the Arthritis Foundation. Congratulations, Lydia!