The Town of Essex, along with several community partners, is excited to announce its new Zoomers Essex Active Lunch and Learn (ZEALL) Program to help Zoomers (ages 50+) stay active, healthy and independent.
This FREE Zoomers program features a series of Lunch and Learn events, as well as free fitness offerings.
“We are excited to partner with outstanding community organizations, including the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Essex County Library, Essex Fire and Rescue Services and the Ontario Provincial Police, to deliver this exciting new program to Zoomers in our community,” says Doug Sweet, Director of Community Services.
“While the primary goal is to provide a chance for Zoomers to learn and participate as they continue to lead a healthy, active and independent lifestyle, it is also a tremendous opportunity to build social connections and learn about many community resources within the Town of Essex.”
Lunch and Learn events will be offered throughout the fall and winter on a variety of topics. Most sessions will run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and all will include a delicious lunch.
The seven Lunch and Learn events are as follows:
- ZEALL Staying Fit and Independent: September 14 (Essex Centre Sports Complex) – In partnership with Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
- ZEALL Get Sporty: September 23 (Essex Recreation Complex)
- ZEALL Exploring Your Community: October 5 (10:00am to 4:00pm, Bus to Various Locations
- ZEALL Protecting Yourself: October 25 (Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre – In partnership with Ontario Provincial Police and Essex Fire and Rescue Services
- ZEALL Eating Healthy: November 16 (McGregor Community Centre) – In partnership with Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
- ZEALL Getting Involved: January 24 (Essex Retirees Social Club)
- ZEALL Staying Connected: February 27 (Essex Library Branch) – In partnership with Essex County Library
For each Lunch and Learn event attended, participants will receive a fitness pass that will allow them to participate in up to three fitness programs offered by the Town of Essex, free of charge.
Through the Zoomers Passport Program, participants will also have the opportunity to receive a long-term fitness pass by attending at least five out of the seven Lunch and Learn events.
“We want seniors in Ontario to fully participate in their communities. The Seniors Community Grant program encourages this by supporting hundreds of projects focused on volunteerism, learning, social inclusion and physical activity.” Dipika Damerla, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs
The Zoomers Essex Active Lunch and Learn Program has been made possible due to funding from the Government of Ontario. A grant of almost $8,000 was received by Community Services through the Seniors Community Grant Program.