Wellness Programs

Michigan
Brad Hinken
Commission on Aging Director
  • 93 S Gibbs, PO Box 885
    White Cloud, MI 49349
    M-F 8am-5pm
  • (231) 689-2100 | (800) 689-2100
    Fax: (231)689-0871

Enhance Fitness 

BECOMING FIT JUST BECAME MORE FUN!

EnhanceFitness® makes becoming fit more fun! EnhanceFitness® is a group fitness class designed specifically for older adults that includes four classes in one to include strength, flexibility and balance. EnhanceFitness® is a one hour class lead by instructors who encourage and create a welcoming atmosphere. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 

EnhanceFitness® classes are specifically designed for adults age 60+ regardless of ability or fitness level. Exercises are modified so they can be completed either sitting or standing.

EnhanceFitness will help you: 

  • Improve endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility.
  • Be more active.
  • Help to prevent falls.

Anyone who wants to improve their endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility is encouraged to attend. Those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or arthritis will find many benefits from attending an EnhanceFitness® class, as well as those who want to relieve feelings of depression and anxiety. Best of all, the class is for those who want a casual environment that encourages participants to have fun while they exercise!

This is an ongoing, year round program

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – 10am to 11am

Locations

  • St. Bartholomew Catholic Church
    • 599 W. Brooks Street, Newaygo, MI 49337
  • Senior Resource and Community Center
    • 93 S. Gibbs, White Cloud, MI 49349

A Matter of Balance

DO YOU HAVE A FEAR OF FALLING? 

A Matter of Balance classes reduce the fear of falling and help you become more active. Taking place in 8 two-hour sessions, participants will engage in sharing ideas and problem-solving with other group members, learn assertiveness skills, home safety tips and fall prevention strategies and participate in strengthening exercises. 

PARTICIPANTS LEARN TO:
  • view falls and fear of falling as controllable
  • set realistic goals for increasing activity
  • change your home to reduce fall risk factors
  • use simple exercises to increase strength and balance
  • get up properly after a fall
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Those who are: 

  • are concerned about falls
  • have sustained a fall in the past
  • have given up activities because of concerns about falling
  • are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • are able to problem-solve
Sign-up now for the next class! Space is limited. 

Dates: October 2 – November 20

Day of the week: Wednesday

Location: SRCC in White Cloud

Time: 9:30am-11:30am

*Transportation requests to the class via the COA can be made up to 7 days in advance of each class. Please contact them for more information. 

Senior Project Fresh

Coupons still available as of July 2024. You can come directly to the COA office to pick up applications and coupons at the same time. Mail option also available. 

The Senior Project Fresh Program is available for all Newaygo County Residents over 60 who meet the eligibility requirements. As your lead agency, the Commission on   Aging is excited to  provide our community with this opportunity again. This program gives those who qualify up to $50 of coupons to use at participating farmers markets. Newaygo County is fortunate to have multiple local business’s as participants. Coupons can be used to purchase any Michigan-grown, non-processed product,       including honey. The coupon works like cash as payment for the products.

To qualify, a senior adult must be:

  • A Michigan resident who is aged 60 years or older
  • A Michigan resident who is aged 55 years or older AND belongs to a Michigan federally recognized tribe or urban tribal group
  • Have a total household income of 185% or less of the federal poverty guidelines
  • A resident of the county in which the coupons are issued

The program runs from May 1 to October 31 each year.

While we will not need proof of your income, by signing your application, you are verifying that your income falls within the guidelines.

185% Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2024

1 Persons in Family               $27,861

2 Persons in Family               $37,814

If you think you are eligible and would like to participate in the program you can contact Aeriel at the COA for more information. 

Coupon Distribution Week 2024

June 10 June 11 June 12 June 13 June 14
St. Bartholomew Church 599 W Brooks St, Newaygo, MI 49337 Senior Resource and Community Center 93 S Gibbs St, White Cloud, MI 49349 Grant Library122 S Elder Ave, Grant, MI 49327 Fremont Library 104 E Main St, Fremont, MI 49412 Senior Resource and Community Center 93 S Gibbs St, White Cloud, MI 49349
12:00pm – 3:00pm 9:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 2:00pm 12:00pm – 3:00pm 12:00pm – 3:00pm 11:00am – 2:00pm

2024 Program Timeline

  • May: Applications available for pick-up or mailing.
  • June: Coupons available to pick-up at local distribution sites. 
  • June-October: Participants can use their coupons at participating farmers markets.
  • October 31, 2024: All coupons must be used by this date as they expire for the 2024 program year.