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Riding 4 Wellness

Join us the month of November to raise awareness for the benefits of cycling and funding toward programs that work to keep our older residents healthy within COAST.

A Virtual Riding 4 Wellness!

Last winter, the Council on Aging announced an event to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling for older adults, and Riding4Wellness was going to take place again along the Tammany Trace last March 28th.

But in the months since, what with the stay at home orders and the need for continued social distancing, cycling has become very popular, and COAST wants to make the most of it.

As a result, COAST is giving all new and older cyclists an opportunity to challenge themselves while getting healthy and having fun at a virtual Riding4Wellness event taking place during the month of November. 

We are Council on Aging after all!

COAST and all of our members throughout our 7 activity centers, like many charities around the world, had to rethink how we could raise money in a time when large community fundraising events are not an option. 

You can register individually and ride for wellness on Your OWN Time. Proceeds from your registration will benefit Council on Aging St. Tammany Parish towards programs that work to keep our older residents healthy. With your help we hope to raise much needed funds for our St. Tammany Parish residents aged 60 & older.

We need your help to make this happen. Participation is easy for riders of all ages and abilities! 

1. Register 

2. Recruit your friends and family to cycle!!

3. Join our Cycling Club on STRAVA: https://www.strava.com/clubs/riding4wellness  

4. Start recording your miles on November 1st until November 30th 

5. Rides can be taken at any time, on any days, that individual riders choose

6. Take pictures and share them with us! Email: JMorgan@coastseniors.org or post them with your ride uploads on STRAVA 

7. Ride anywhere from 5-500 miles but challenge yourself for some prizes & for extra wellness! - Complete 60 miles to receive a COAST water bottle and 120 miles to receive a COAST T-Shirt! 

8. Know YOU are raising awareness for the health benefits of cycling and doing GOOD for our COAST community! 

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When
Sunday November 1st
12:00 AM

Story

St. Tammany Council on Aging is a private, non-profit corporation, which serves St. Tammany parish residents aged 60 and older. Services are offered at no cost to our clients that qualify for our many services. COAST provides individual and group activities that promote social interaction and well-being. These activities are provided at the seven COAST Senior Centers located throughout St. Tammany Parish. COAST serves as the Area Agency on Aging for St. Tammany Parish.   

COAST has begun to allocate more funding toward programs that work to keep our older residents healthy. This will help them remain independent longer and perhaps avoid the need for assistance programs in the future. As the older population continues to increase, social service agencies will find it more and more difficult to provide for the needs of an aging America. Promoting, and encouraging, people of all ages to focus on health and wellness is not only smart, but necessary. 

There is an abundance of research touting the benefits of cycling for older adults. It works the cardiovascular system while putting very little strain on the joints. Regular cycling improves brain health, strengthens the immune system and increases muscle mass. Riding outdoors, as opposed to an indoor stationary bike, has been shown to improve mental and emotional health. 

Donations are appreciated to support our efforts at COAST if you are not interested in registering for the ride. Thank you for your support to our elderly community and advocating for wellness with us!  

Posted by St. Tammany Council on Aging, Inc.