Minnetonka students studying sports science train local aging adults
Minnetonka High School Vantage students who are studying sports science and health care have created a new program this year called Forever Fit that trains local senior citizen volunteers in weight training.
Twice a week for the past eight weeks local seniors have been receiving weight training at Minnetonka High School’s Pagel Center from Vantage students in the sports science and health care courses.
“I volunteered for this because its going to make me fit and active,” said Betty Leiren, who joined with her husband Milt. “I like it because I don’t expend a lot of energy but I’m getting results. It feels great. When I’m done, I feel like I have muscles I haven’t used.”
Vantage trainer Jacquelyn Dickson said that during every meeting they train one of the seniors and work through a daily list that is given out by their sports science teacher Mark Asanovich. At the end of the week they review their progress.
He presented the idea of the Forever Fit program to the Vantage department after developing a similar program 30 years ago at Anoka High School.
“What’s nice about this is the kids get to serve people in the community,” he said. “The people that need it the most are the seniors. I don’t see enough senior training in this community and that’s one reason why I started this.”