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New Mobility Enhancement Program Garnering Positive Public Participation

February 3, 2023

Cranbrook, BC (February 3, 2023) – Cranbrook’s Mobility Enhancement Program is proving to be a positive of example of what physical literacy can be to everyone in our community.

The $5 drop-in program at Western Financial Place, running from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, is seeing an average of 35 active participants partake in progressive activities around the arena concourse, all while being guided by certified personal trainers. The program is open to anyone looking to gain competence, confidence, motivation, or improve their agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, endurance, and strength.

95-year-old Enid and 93-year-old Ray are active and committed participants of the Mobility Enhancement Program. Other active participants include seniors, people with mobility challenges or neurodegenerative diseases, as well as people recovering from physical and mental injuries.

“I would describe it as joy of movement, joy of movement together,” says John Mandryk, Organizer and Supporter of the Mobility Enhancement Program. “That’s what this is really about, participating with a group of like-minded folks that want to make life better for themselves and everybody else around them.”

Metal signs will be installed on the arena concourse, providing instructions at 11 different activity stations for the public. The activities range from stretching, walking, balancing, squatting, sidestepping, and other mobility enhancing exercises that use and activate all of the body’s joints and muscles for fluid motion.

The Mobility Enhancement Program is a collaboration of the City of Cranbrook and Active Cranbrook, with community support and partners including Andre’s Electronic Experts, Gerick Sports, and Kootenay Granite.