Hello again! Here it is Sunday and, according to the forecast, today is going to be a beautiful summer Sunday. And, since it is Sunday, I am going to be giving you some more information about the “goings on” at the Shawnee Senior Center.

Hello again! Here it is Sunday and, according to the forecast, today is going to be a beautiful summer Sunday. And, since it is Sunday, I am going to be giving you some more information about the “goings on” at the Shawnee Senior Center.

Perhaps you saw the article in the News-Star in April that read “Blue Zones honors senior center.” And, if you decided to read it to see what it was all about, you learned about the Blue Zones Project of Pottawatomie County. Today I am going to tell you how the Shawnee Senior Center fits into the Blue Zone Project and how Kate and her crew worked to accomplish that.

First of all you need to remember that the Blue Zones Project was brought to Pottawatomie County through a three-year grant received from the Avedis Corporation. The purpose was to create a healthy, happier environment with opportunities for everyone to become more active, where children can play outside (away from those annoying electronic devices that seem to be permanently attached to their hands), with biking and walking paths and new sidewalks for all to enjoy, and get socially connected to others who are trying to do the same things.

The first thing Kate did was find out all she could about the “Blue Zone Project.” She attended meetings, met others also doing the same thing (checking out the “Blue Zone”), and finally she had to decide where the Shawnee Senior Center in downtown Shawnee fit into the Blue Zone program.

The hardest part was finding the perfect fit for the center. And she did! The center is now an “approved organization.”

To get that “approved organization” designation Kate and the crew had to make a few changes (not as many as you might think, though).

They have always had a tobacco free environment, but now they also have a healthy lunch program. They serve veggies with each meal (mostly fresh ones — some from our greenhouse garden at the back of the center).

There have been several cooking classes with Blue Zone presenters that were open to the public in the Wood Room of the center, and our fitness classes are geared to fit everyone from the physical fitness gurus to the “I am doing the best I can” participants.

And, after indoor exercise, you might find it fun to join the Walking MOAIS (pronounced Mo-eyes) and walk around the park for 30 minutes or so and visit with some of those same fellow fitness friends.

Those Tuesday, Thursday Storytime Band dances each week will keep you moving and help to keep you physically fit all at the same time (1 to 2:30 p.m.).

If you enjoy working outside, and you don’t have room for a garden, our greenhouse can always use another gardener. Come check it out!

And to get more of us involved, Kate is now working on getting a monthly cooking class presented by the members of the Blue Zone Project that will focus on meals cooked or prepared with a view towards healthier meals that can be prepared quickly in your own kitchen. Watch for them in the upcoming calendars and we will watch for you at the classes.

Becoming a part of the Blue Zone Project participants required some changes, and change is always a bit difficult, but we are all still working on it.

The Shawnee Senior Center is someplace that is for everyone, and we all look forward to making sure that all of you who take the time and trouble to come in feel welcome. So come see us, pick up a calendar or view our webside (ShawneeSeniors.org), and check out the things going on during the month. And don’t forget that the back side of the calendar has the meals for each day listed. There might be a change every once in a while, but life happens.

Please remember that Kate Joyce, our “cruise director” will be visiting with Mike Askins at “Mike in the Morning” on KGFF Radio at 8:35 a.m. every Wednesday.

The Shawnee Senior Center is located at 401 N. Bell just east of the municipal auditorium. Our Facebook page is “Shawnee Senior Center” and our website is ShawneeSeniors.org.

Belated happy birthday, Nancy!

See you at the center!