Beginning Thursday, October 17th, St. Martin’s will begin hosting a “Chair Exercise Program” to meet the unique needs of the rapidly growing population of seniors in the West County area and other persons who might benefit from the program. St. Martin’s has arranged to have the sessions led by Alane Frankenfield who has been an instructor for over 22 years and is AFAA certified. She has been an instructor at The Point in Ballwin for 16 years where she currently teaches 3 classes a week. In addition, Alane has been teaching a “Sit and Be Fit” class in Kirkwood at Concordia Lutheran Church for 11 years. The exercise session will be held each Thursday at 10:00am in Park Hall and will last approximately 1 hour. Each exercise session will be followed by refreshments and time for socialization. The chair exercise sessions and refreshments will be free to all participants. Chair exercise” programs are well-recognized programs designed to meet the physical well-being of seniors whose lifestyles tend to become more sedentary. Chair exercises effectively assist elderly individuals to exercise and move without putting undo pressure or strain on their bodies. These exercises slow mental decline, help prevent falls, strengthen muscles, improve sleep and result in an increased ability to better accomplish day to day physical activities. Although Chair Exercise Programs are designed to address the common physical limitations of more sedentary seniors, the St. Martin’s Chair Exercise Program will be open to all persons in the surrounding community who might benefit from the new program. Parishioners are encouraged to bring family members and friends.