Fitness Program Aims to Improve Health of Local Seniors

Fitness program aims to improve health of local seniors

Every Tuesday at the Armory, over 100 local seniors gather for an hour of exercise, fitness lessons, and healthy living conversations with faculty, staff, and students from Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

The Seniors AIM High program, a collaboration between The Armory Foundation and the CUIMC Office of Community Service Programs, provides free fitness opportunities for older adults ages 60 and over from Washington Heights-Inwood, Harlem, and the South Bronx. Starting at 10 a.m., coaches from the Armory lead 60-minute fitness sessions including group exercises and a walk around the track. The fitness session is followed by conversations with Columbia physicians, including Rafael Lantigua, MD, professor of medicine and associate dean for community service at Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Nancy Chang, MD, associate professor of medicine at VP&S. Participants receive incentives, such as program T-shirts, fitness tracker watches, and athletic shoes, as they progress in the program.