WARF Grant Will Fund Offsite Health, Wellness and Exercise Program
December 14, 2015 — The Fauquier Health Foundation announced today that it has awarded a Make it Happen grant to the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF) to bring health and fitness education to a variety of age groups. The program will bring certified fitness instructors to schools, businesses, assisted living facilities and other organizations. Instructors will share tips for a healthy lifestyle and exercise programs that don’t require a gym membership. The WARF was granted $7800 to launch the program.
“It’s broadly stated that a healthy lifestyle and daily exercise are essential in the fight against many health problems, especially diabetes and heart disease,” stated Christy Connolly president and CEO of Fauquier Health Foundation. “WARF on Wheels is a great program to help get information to groups who may benefit from an at-home exercise program. Not everyone can get to the gym, or afford a membership. We hope this program will be able to reach those people.”
In addition to schools, businesses and assisted living facilities, WARF on Wheels anticipates working with the Boys & Girls Club, Head Start, library groups and active adult communities. Their goal is to connect with 26 groups within the first 26 weeks of the program, offering return visits to the groups to follow up on participants’ progress.
Margaret Rice, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Warrenton, added, “We’re really excited about the WARF on Wheels program because we feel we can make a real impact on the health of the community.”