On Tuesday, Troup County’s The Active Life LaGrange hosted a band parade to celebrate the facility’s five new outdoor exercise machines, thanks to a grant from Heart of West Georgia, a local nonprofit that aims to promote healthy heart awareness sharpening, the surrounding community was acquired.
All machines are in the shaded area of the hiking trail behind The Active Life LaGrange.
According to a Troup County press release, it is a combo press and traction machine, exercise bike, leg press, rowing machine, and air walker.
Dan Wooten, director of aging services for Troup County Parks and Recreation, gave a speech before the ribbon was cut.
“All meaningful community projects are a team effort, and producing these machines where they are was a group effort,” he said.
“It started with ideas from the community and the employees. Celeste [Garrett] and I had talked for years about the hope for these outdoor machines, and then a wonderful opportunity arose through Heart of West Georgia. “
Wooten said he and Garrett, the wellness coordinator at The Active Life, wrote a grant for the fitness equipment that Heart of West Georgia funded.
“The Troup County Board of Commissioners comes to our aid and assistance, of course, and Eric Mosley, the county manager, supported this grant and funding …” said Wooten.
“Lance Dennis, Director of Parks and Recreation, was delighted and gathered the troops. And we had several departments that contributed to it. “
Wooten praised James Emery, Director of Engineering and Development for Roads and Engineering, and the rest of the department for clearing the areas for the machinery and placing concrete.
Jessica Maddox, site manager at The Active Life, cut the ribbon.
Active Life is a meeting place for adults 55 and older. Its programs are funded by federal and state grants, the Troup County Board of Commissioners, the United Way of West Georgia, and self-generated funds.
Services offered include home cooked meals for seniors who are at home, daily lunch, exercise programs (chair and water aerobics), recreational tournaments, tax advice, driver training, computer training, arts and crafts classes, indoor recreation and games, hiking trails and recreation, among others outdoors, community, training on topics relevant to older adults, information on recipes, travel, hair care and identity theft prevention.