Traveling South Koreans to teach senior fitness class

institutelogoeng-1The monumental success of the Brazos Valley Senior Games in February opened a lot of eyes in the Brazos Valley. With more than 400 athletes above the age of 50 participating, the College Station Parks and Recreation Department also needed plenty of volunteer help to make the event succeed.

Among the dozens of enthusiastic volunteers were Dr. Jinmoo Heo and many of his students from Texas A&M’s Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences Department. The games’ participation numbers prompted Dr. Heo to approach the city about a traveling fitness program sponsored by South Korea’s Global Senior Health Promotion Institute.

With Dr. Heo’s assistance, we reached out to the institute and it graciously added a stop in College Station to its busy schedule. A four-member team will lead a free one-hour senior fitness class on Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at Southwood Community Center, focusing on grace, balance and control.

Here’s a sample of the institute’s programs:

A unique opportunity

The group is dedicated to improving senior health around the world through research and theory development with an emphasis on breathing, flexibility, and physical exercise. The institute’s director, Dr. Youngshin Won—a professor in the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies at South Korea’s Yonsei University—will lead the team. Traveling with Dr. Won will be Jin Won Kim, Shagnhee Lee and Ki Hyun Do.

This free class is a unique opportunity for senior adults to participate in a fitness program based on the latest research and designed especially for seniors. If you are interested in being healthier in your golden years, don’t miss this chance.

To register or get more information, call 979-764-6351 or email me at

The Parks and Recreation Department promotes senior health and fitness through a variety of activities at Southwood and the Lincoln Recreation Center. To find the perfect program for you, check out our monthly calendar of events and classes at

Marci Rodgers
Marci Rodgers | Senior Services Coordinator

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