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Chatfield’s “Golden Girls” still bust a move


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Jackie Hrstka, far left, with some of the “Golden Girls” who work out at Jackie’s Health & Fitness in Chatfield. Also shown are Shirley Hrtska, Donna Cramer, Elsie Narveson and Rosemary Scott. Photo by Barb Jeffers

They say “you’re only as old as you feel” and there are a group of ladies in Chatfield, Minn. that certainly do not feel their age when they are working out to the sounds of Elvis, The Big Bopper, Jerry Lee Lewis and other music from the 1950s and 60s.

The “Golden Girls” meet at Jackie’s Health and Fitness in Chatfield on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9:15 - 10:15 to exercise their mind as well as their body.

Activities include aerobic dance, weightlifting, Pilates and yoga but it seems the dancing is everyone’s favorite part of the workout. There are nine members of the Golden Girls who come to work out as a group whenever their schedule allows. Some days it may be a few and other days all nine women may be there.

Jackie Hrstka, owner of Jackie’s Health & Fitness, as well as Fillmore Fitness in Fountain, Minn., leads the class, stating, “We’ve been having dance aerobics/exercise class for 13 years,” and many come faithfully each week.

Hrstka says, “We had lost our exercise classroom one-and-a-half years ago, so we quit for a few months, but they wanted to start again, so we have class in the free weight area of the fitness center during a slower hour of the day.” And, “It’s been working out fine,” she states.

One of the Golden Girls, Rosemary Scott, 75, says, “Age is just a number,” and she keeps herself active in any way she can. Scott says working out “is fun” adding, “Jackie is fabulous and we listen to good music,” which keeps them all motivated.

Shirley Hrstka, 80, and Jackie’s mom, says she likes the dancing and “I like getting together with the group,” as all of the ladies agree that having someone expecting you to show up to work out pushes them and motivates them to go.

Elsie Narveson, 76, works out regularly because, “I want to grow old,” she says, and, “it’s good for your memory” as well as your body. Hrstka agrees, saying it doesn’t matter the age “you stop doing flexibility and balance things, you lose it,” adding “it’s important as we get older” to work on flexibility, balance and memory and learning dance routines, which has really helped each woman with her memory.

Donna Cramer, 77, notes that working out has helped her with stiffness in her shoulders and side effects from a fractured hip a couple years ago, saying, “It has really helped .....
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 50 units

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 12, 2016 succeeded in collecting 50 units of blood. There were 57 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these three donors who reached the following milestones: • Jos ..... 
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Deb Helgeson saves dogs with the help of HSNEI

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

DECORAH, IOWA – If it weren’t for concerned, caring individuals like Deb Helgeson, Bandit might not have made it through the winter. Helgeson, a United States Postal Service mail carrier originally from the Decorah-Burr Oak area, lives in Canton ..... 
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Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer supply

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer. Blood donations often decline in the summer months, especiall ..... 
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Fitch upgrades Thrivent Financial to AA+ (Very Strong) rating with stable outlook

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, May 6, 2016 – Fitch Ratings has upgraded Thrivent Financial’s Insurer Financial Strength rating to AA+ (Very Strong), the second-highest of Fitch’s 19 categories, and given the organization a stable outlook. Fitch cited Thr ..... 
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8th Annual Rhubarb Run promises miles of smiles

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are invited to kick up their heels Saturday, June 4, at 9 a.m. at Lanesboro’s family-friendly annual Rhubarb Run. Participants can choose either a 5K or a 1-mile fun run along the banks of the picturesque R ..... 
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Run From the Sun announces winning essays on skin cancer prevention

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Run from the Sun, a Mabel area skin cancer awareness event, recently held an essay contest. Two $600 scholarships were awarded to Connor Benson and Bryce Michels for their efforts. Skin cancer essay By Conner Benson Did you know the skin cance ..... 
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How to prepare for a good blood donation experience

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

MABEL, MN, May 2016 – Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a go ..... 
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Protecting your personal information

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Senior citizens often receive mail that asks for their personal information in exchange for details about life insurance, funeral expense benefits or supplemental Medicare benefits. Once seniors provide their information, they are sometimes flooded ..... 
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