Local Seniors Participate in Active Aging Week Pedalthon

New National Functional Fitness Program Developed for The Goodman Group Managed Communities Holds Pedal Challenge

SAN DIEGO (Lemon Grove), Calif. (Sept. 4, 2014) — Residents of Monte Vista Village, a Goodman Group managed senior living community, is pedaling toward fitness during Active Aging Week! The International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) is challenging organizations throughout North America to come up with ways to motivate older adults to stay active and benefit from healthier lifestyles. Monte Vista Village has accepted the challenge and is hosting a Pedalthon on September 23 in conjunction with the company’s national FIT Functional Fitness program.

FIT Functional Fitness is a personalized program developed by The Goodman Group in partnership with a physical therapist and board-certified geriatric specialist. The program’s targeted exercises are designed to deliver the maximum benefit for each participant. The goal is to increase overall health and well–being, reduce potential for falls, encourage residents to remain active, and, where possible, reduce the need for assisted mobility devices.

FIT Functional Fitness incorporates four fitness programs, taking current health levels into consideration and allowing all residents participate, no matter their current functional fitness level. As their strength and endurance increases, residents may choose to progress to other programs offered. The four FIT Functional Fitness programs include:

  • FIT to be Strong – The core of the FIT Functional Fitness program, FIT to be Strong incorporates strength building exercises done lying down, and balance exercises while standing. Both use weights on the arms and legs.
  • FIT to be Strong Seated – Strength building exercises using weights while sitting in a chair.
  • FIT to Stretch – Stretching exercises aimed at decreasing pain, improving range of motion, while promoting relaxation.
  • FIT to Pedal – Endurance-based exercise where participants use a stationary peddler.

“Research shows that with regular exercise, many of the physiological changes related to aging can be prevented or postponed,” says Katie Westberg, national director of Life Enrichment at The Goodman Group. “With FIT Functional Fitness, participants can see long-lasting and significant strength training benefits within an 8-16 week period.”

The annual theme for Active Aging Week 2014 (Sept. 21-27) is “Let the Adventure Begin.” Residents of Monte Vista Village who are currently participating in FIT Functional Fitness will pedal along Las Vegas themed decorations, their ultimate adventure destination. Participants’ mileage will be combined. Friends, family and staff will be there to cheer on participants.

Join Monte Vista Village Seniors and Fitness Experts as they Pedal 335 miles to Las Vegas


Active Aging Week, led by the International Council on Active Aging®, is an annual health promotion held each year during the last week of September. To promote active aging on our health campus, our residents and staff are participating in a first-ever Pedalthon event adventure themed “Las Vegas.”

Residents will use our FIT Functional Fitness stationary peddlers to rack up miles and trace the path on Interstate 15 between Lemon Grove and Las Vegas, their adventure destination.

Join us and share in the fun of Active Aging Week. Before you know it, we’ll be down the road in Nevada!


Tuesday, September 23rd
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
: Complimentary breakfast including waffles, parfaits, orange juice and coffee.
9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.: Green Energy Smoothie Shots
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Pedalthon
3:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Casino happy hour celebration after the goal is reached, recognize residents pedaling the most miles — 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Entertainment will feature a couple of the community’s talented residents playing the piano and singing in the “Vegas” lounge.


Monte Vista Village
2211 Massachusetts Avenue
Lemon Grove, California 91945

Potential Interviews:

Life Enrichment Director Adrian Guillen; Executive Director Maria Shetler, and participating residents. Leaders from The Goodman Group will help kick-off the event and cheer on the residents.

National Senior Fitness Contact:

Katie Westberg, national director Life Enrichment, The Goodman Group

Day of Event Contact:

Adrian Guillen, life enrichment director
619-718-2241 (mobile)

Darryn Robinson, community outreach director
612-609-6583 (mobile)

FIT is one of several collaborative programs available exclusively to residents of The Goodman Group managed communities to support their well-being.

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