Senior Centers are great places to find physical exercise, Tai Chi, stretch, yoga and other wellness classes. To participate in a center wellness program, you must be a registered center member.
Many centers' wellness offerings include one or more of the following Department for the Aging's Health Promotion Programs:
Big Apple Walking Clubs
These clubs are active in a variety of senior centers and other facilities throughout New York City that provide services to seniors. Each club walks to achieve a target number of steps, anywhere from 25,000 to 100,000+. Members use pedometers to count their steps. Individual totals contribute to the club’s goal.
To find a Walking Club near you, select your borough to see a roster of centers with walking clubs in your neighborhood.
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To register a walking club, click on and complete the Registration Form. (in PDF)
Alert and Alive Discussion Groups
Informal Alert and Alive discussion groups are offered at centers throughout the City. They are led by trained senior volunteers in sessions that run continously. Members share their beliefs, attitudes and concerns about aging in a warm and congenial atmosphere.
To find a center near you that offers Alert and Alive, select your borough below.
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Keep on Track: Blood Pressure Monitoring Program
Trained senior volunteers measure the blood pressure of their peers in bi-weekly screening and monitoring sessions. Adhering to a special protocol developed in association with the Department of Health, the volunteers keep records and follow-up with anyone whose blood pressure is too high.
To find a center near you that offers Keep on Track, select your borough below:
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