Encouraging healthy activities for older, diverse community members

Our Food and Fitness Program, funded in part by the Seattle Park District, provides opportunities for older adults to congregate and celebrate their culture and language through bi-weekly gatherings that include a communal lunch and a social, educational, and fitness component.

As part of the program, we offer an Eritrean/Ethiopian meetup at Yesler Community Center with approximately 30 participants, and a Vietnamese meetup at Garfield Community Center with nearly 50 participants. At both sites, the program offers socialization, a lunch, and creative ways to encourage people to be more physically active, in addition to occasional speakers, ongoing ESL classes, and field trips.

Visit our Lifelong Recreation page for more information on fitness and social programs for people 50 and older.

Participants in the Eritrean/Ethiopian group enjoy a hot meal.

Michael Neguse leads a group in light stretching before sharing a cooked-from-scratch meal with participants.

Participants play Xiangqi, a game similar to chess.

Table tennis at the Vietnamese Food and Fitness program.

Wendy Nguyen teaches an ESL class Tuesdays and Fridays at Garfield Community Center.