Special to The Hays Daily News

Hays Medical Center's Center for Health Improvement will host its annual Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 27. The event is in conjunction with the National Senior Health and Fitness Day to be conducted across the United States. The theme for this year's event is "Fitness is a Good Move."

The program begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., and the events are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no charge for registration.

Organized as a public and private good health partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center, Senior Health and Fitness Day will offer fitness activities for older adults at more than 1,500 locations including hospitals, park and recreation departments, senior centers, health clubs, retirement communities, houses of worship, health departments and other community locations. The event is always on the last Wednesday in May as part of Older Americans Month activities.

The program at the Center for Health Improvement will cover a wide range of health-related topics including life after orthopaedic surgery, Alzheimer's disease, "cents"ible grocery shopping, gentle yoga, walking with confidence and aerobics, bands and core exercising. There will be a free brunch and door prizes.

"Individuals at all levels of physical fitness are encouraged to participate," said Steph Schaffer, director of the Center for Health Improvement. "Our goal is to make exercise fun, to increase awareness of the benefits of a regular exercise program for older adults, and to encourage all older adults to take advantage of the many health and fitness programs offered in their communities."

Registration by May 22 is encouraged. Registration is free. For more information or to register call (785) 623-5900.