A low intensity exercise class focused on seniors is only the beginning of many community health projects for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne.
For four to six months, THC has been preparing to reach out to the community to educate about health. THC Director of education Denice Black said it is the hospital’s responsibility to take care of the community’s health.
“Our belief here at Texas Health Cleburne, and for me personally because this is my community, is that we need to take care of the people the hospital is serving. It’s my mission,” Black said.
Colleen Vanzant, a registered nurse, was brought in by THC to oversee the health and wellness of the Johnson County community.
“There is a need of education. Our mission at the hospital is to improve the health of the community, not just take care of them when they come to the hospital,” Vanzant said. “That’s where we’ve been lacking. We have not been out improving the health and education is the main thing.”
To kick off the community outreach, THC is providing low intensity exercise classes at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
The 8 a.m. class is held at First Baptist Church, 414 N Main St., and 10:30 a.m. at Booker T. Washington Recreation Center, 100 Mansfield Road.
Certified instructor Cyndi Bird teaches both classes and said that although the classes are focused on seniors, anyone is welcomed.
“It’s a good class for anyone, whether you’re a senior or going through rehab,” Bird said. “We’ve even had a 20-year-old take our class. It’s great for anyone who hasn’t exercised in a while; low intensity provides a safer and slower option for beginners.”
Bird tailors each class for the individual. She works on making assessments and posting results at the end of every cycle to see how much the individual has improved. In the classes, participants work on balance, muscle strengthening and stretching.