Stroll and roll |

Stroll and roll

Photo courtesy Wilfried Wietstock.

More than 50 residents, staff, family and friends participated in the kickoff of the Stroll & Roll walking group at Crystal Ridge Care Center Tuesday.

A perfect fall day was the backdrop for all the festivities. Residents waving purple pennants and walking on their own with walkers or wheelchairs were greeted by a large four-legged surprise.

It came in the form of a jet-black Morgan horse named Stradivarius.

He is owned by Crystal Ridge community relations director Rhonda Herrin.

“I thought it would be fun for our new walking group to have a multi-legged mover join us,” Herrin said.

“The goal is to get everyone on the move by taking walks, making friends and enjoying these beautiful autumn days. And my horse loves coming here to join in on the fun and receiving all the attention.”

Nevada County Falls Prevention Coalition sponsors the Stroll & Roll program. The mission of the coalition is to reduce the number of falls in our community through education, outreach, an annual daylong conference and starting community walking groups.

Cynthia Schuetz is the director of the coalition and led the group in a fun Stroll & Roll chant.

After the walk everyone enjoyed refreshments in the large backyard area, and it was a chance to get to know one another better.

“Exercise is a major contributor to preventing falls,” Schuetz said. “Walking is the easiest and most inexpensive exercise there is, and it helps people improve their balance and strength. Stroll & Roll is a walking program for seniors and people with disabilities, and we’ve discovered participants like socializing as much as the walking.”

For information about the Stroll & Roll program or to join the walking group, contact Herrin at (530) 272-2273.

Crystal Ridge Care Center is a 99-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility located at 396 Dorsey Drive in Grass Valley.

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