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The Florida Department of Health in Marion County (DOH-Marion) is hosting a “Staying Healthy as You Age” class for seniors aged 55 and over on Thursday, February 22, 2024. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to noon at the Marion Oaks Community Center located at 280 Marion Oaks Lane in Ocala, FL 34473.

February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart disease and promote prevention and treatment in the community. DOH-Marion encourages all Floridians to adopt a lifestyle that promotes heart health and well-being, including maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, adding physical activity into their weekly schedule, and eating nutritious foods that support a healthy cardiovascular system. Heart disease is the leading cause of death nationally as well as in Florida.

The “Staying Healthy as You Age” class is being offered by DOH-Marion in partnership with Marion County Senior Services. The class aims to help participants discover ways to promote healthy aging, including maintaining a positive attitude, following a nutritious diet, engaging in regular physical activity, getting regular medical check-ups, stimulating the brain with mental exercises, and leading an active social life.

There is no need to register in advance for the class. Interested individuals can contact Melissa Marino at 352-644-2624 for more information.

The Florida Department of Health is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts. More information about the department can be found on X @HealthyFla and Facebook

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