Crystal Ridge Care Center launches Stroll & Roll Program |

Crystal Ridge Care Center launches Stroll & Roll Program

From left, RSVP volunteers Judi Barbour; Karen Chileski; Rachel Hillerman; Sue Goodenough and Gail Johnson participated in the Stroll & Roll.
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More than 50 residents, staff, family and friends participated in the kick off of the Stroll & Roll walking group at Crystal Ridge Care Center on Tuesday, October 16. A perfect fall day was the backdrop for all the festivities. For dramatic effect, the large front doors opened wide to officially kick off our first Stroll & Roll event. Residents waving their 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. Rhonda commented, “I thought it would be fun for our new walking group to have a multi-legged mover join us! 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 day-long conference, and starting community walking groups.

Cynthia Schuetz, PhD is the Director of Falls Prevention 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. Cynthia states, “Exercise is a major contributor to preventing falls. 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 more information about the Stroll & Roll program or to join us for our walking group please contact Rhonda Herrin, Community Relations Director at Crystal Ridge Care Center (530) 272-2273.

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