Take Charge of Your Life – it’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising!

Most folks agree that exercise is healthy.

According to the National Institute for Aging, exercise is good for people of any age and can ease symptoms of many chronic conditions.

The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Calumet, Outagamie and Waupaca counties reports that only 20 percent of your health is determined by what happens in the doctor’s office – the other 80 percent is based on your environment and social and economic factors like your education and health disparities. Of that figure, nearly one-third is based on how well you take care of yourself.

ADRC is sponsoring a variety of health promotion programs this fall that will give folks control over their life.

Nancy Krueger, the organization’s health & wellness coordinator, said people’s reluctance to attend a class stems from the time commitment involved.

“However, no matter which class it is, after the class is over everyone always says ‘Wow, that went by so fast, I wish it wasn’t over yet!’” she said.

Here are some upcoming classes:


Stepping On is a program that has been researched and proven to reduce falls.

Workshops are led by a health professional and a peer leader – someone who, just like you, is concerned about falls. In addition, local guest experts, including a physical therapist, pharmacist, vision specialist and local community safety specialist, provide information on exercise, vision, safety and medications.

To register:

Must register one week before class starts:

Call Kathy Schweitzer at ADRC – 920-716-6832

Thursdays: Aug. 8-Sept. 19

Location: Heart of the Valley YMCA, 225 W. Kennedy Ave, Kimberly, 54136

Time: 1-3 p.m.


Mondays: Sept. 9- Oct. 21

Location: Little Chute Civic Center, 625 Grand Ave, Little Chute

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Tuesdays: Oct. 1- Nov. 12

Location: Neuroscience Group, 1305 W. American Dr., Neenah, 54956

Time: 9-11 a.m.


Wednesdays: Oct. 2-Nov. 13

Location: Hortonville Municipal Building,  531 N. Nash St., Hortonville, 54944

Time: 1-3 p.m.


Thursdays: Oct. 3-Nov. 14

Location: Brookdale Senior Living, 5800 Pennsylvania Ave., Appleton, 54914

Time: 1-3 p.m.



Do you suffer from arthritis, heart problems, asthma, stroke, pain, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, emphysema, osteoporosis or obesity? Would you like to learn how to manage your symptoms so you can get the most out of life?

To register: Contact Nancy Krueger at 920-740-9572 or nkrueger@vpind.com

Location: Courtyard Grand Chute, 3600 Woodman Dr.

Thursdays: Aug. 22-Sept. 26

Time: 9-11:30 a.m.

Cost: You will be issued a book for the duration of the class. If you choose to purchase the book, the cost is $20.



Diabetes is a chronic, life-long, on-going condition. While you may see a physician or another health care provider several times a year, most days you are the one who controls your diabetes through monitoring, nutrition, exercise and managing your symptoms.

To register: Call Kathy Schweitzer at 920-716-6832

Location: Fox Valley Lutheran Homes, 425 N. Linwood Ave, Appleton

Mondays: Oct. 7-Nov. 11

Time: 1-3:30 p.m.



Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition of slow, graceful standing or seated exercise. Tai Chi promotes calm mental focus and alignment while building leg strength, endurance and balance.

Participation information:
Attend 2 classes a week for 6 weeks. This is NOT a drop-in class. You must plan to attend most or all classes. Each 90-minute class includes a break. Receive a DVD and help evaluate the class and its effects.

To register: Contact Nancy Krueger at 920-740-9572 or nkrueger@vpind.com

Location: Heart of the Valley, YMCA, 225 E. Kennedy Ave, Kimberly

Dates: Mondays and Fridays – Oct. 7–Nov. 15

Time: 9:30-11 a.m.



If you have issues with bladder or bowel control, you are not alone. More than half of women ages 50 or older experience urine or bowel leakage sometimes! The “Mind Over Matter; Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder” workshop is designed to give women the tools they need to take control of their symptoms. Scientific studies show that attending this 3-session workshop reduces or even cures symptoms for many women!

To register: contact Nancy Krueger at 920-740-9572 or nkrueger@vpind.com

Location: Thompson Center on Lourdes


  • Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Thursday, Oct. 24

Time: 9-11 a.m. in Room 203



The StrongBodies training program is designed to help men and women become or remain fit, strong and healthy. It was developed by Tufts University. Extensive studies on the benefits of strength-training for middle-aged to older women include increased muscle mass and strength and reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures.

Starting Sept. 3: Appleton Alliance Church, 2693 Grand Chute Blvd., Appleton

Tue./Thur.- 9:20-10:20 .a.m.

To register, call 920-931-1250


Starting Sept. 9: Appleton Recreation Dept. – Scheig Center & Gardens, 1313 Witzke Blvd., Appleton (inside Appleton Memorial Park)


To register, call 920-832-3905


Starting Sept. 10: Kaukauna Town Hall, W780 Greiner Rd., Kaukauna

Tue./Thur.- 8 a.m.

To register, contact Nancy Krueger at 920-740-9572 or nkrueger@vpind.com.


Starting Sept. 16: First United Methodist Church, 325 E. Franklin St., Appleton

Mon./Thur.- 5 p.m.

To register, contact Nancy Krueger at 920-740-9572 nkrueger@vpind.com