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YWCA St. Paul Makes “Mindful” Partnership with UST

The YW Health & Fitness Center (HFC) has been chosen by the University of St. Thomas (UST) Department of Health & Exercise Sciences to host an exciting study on fall prevention through exercise and enhanced strength. The program, called Mindful Movement, aims to improve quality of life for older adults by preventing falls that lead to long-term health concerns and social isolation.

The initial program includes eight weeks of structured personal training for ages 55 and up by YW and UST certified trainers, with groups engaging in resistance training and pool exercises. UST researchers will assess fitness improvements to determine what exercises work best to reduce falls and fall risk.

More than 120 individuals attended information sessions for the program, which began in late January.