Laurel Ridge Health Care Center marked Physical Fitness Week starting Jan. 21 with a panel of fitness experts that discussed how the mind and body work together for wellness. Panelists talked about how exercise can prevent or reduce conditions like diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis/bone loss. Exercise can boost mood, reduce anxiety, improve sleep and release “happy hormones” called endorphins. Many activities focused on fitness, such as shuffleboard teams, Yogasize, walking club, stretching, team bowling and a fresh fruit bar. Each participant received a certificate of completion. Laurel Ridge’s physical therapist, Edward Bretthauer, suggested that “walking is the best form of exercise or chair exercise.” Pictured here are panelists and staff members Christine Dunster, R.N., director of staff development; Marianne Haynes, director of social work, and Mr. Bretthauer with resident speaker Frank Guerette.