The 2015 East Ridge Games were a rousing success pitting employees against residents at the Cutler Bay retirement community.  To kick off the Games, the opening ceremonies featured the National Anthem sung by Jasmine Collar and performances by Winston Park Middle School Broadway Dancers, the Zelda Glazer Dance Team and the Winston Park Middle School African Dancers.

Organized by Wellness Coordinator Suzana Delgado, the Games located in and around the community’s Lifestyle Center, featured teams of residents playing against employees in multi-sporting events ranging from disc golf, Wii bowling, bocce ball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and ping pong to ladder ball.

Studies show that regular physical activity and endurance exercise in sufficient doses improves health, and decrease health risks associated with various chronic disease conditions.  Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain one’s independence and manage symptoms of illness or pain.  At East Ridge, residents are enthusiastic exercise participants.  The lifestyle of the retirement community offers a variety of exercise and fitness opportunities both indoors and outdoors.  Fitness supervision and coordination is provided to help residents find the most suitable sport for their abilities.

“The Games are a great way for employees to interact with residents in a more casual setting,” said Rick Drew, director of sales at East Ridge. “It was a fun time.  Families of employees and residents made up an attentive audience and everyone enjoyed the day.”

An additional treat was the food trucks.  This latest craze in casual dining, two gourmet food trucks, were on hand serving tacos and burgers.

For many of the Games, residents were points ahead but employees ‘took home the gold’ winning with Lifestyle Coordinator Marla Gonzalez’s last shot in ping pong.

The East Ridge water cooler talk on Monday was when will there be a rematch?

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