By Lisa Desgrosellier Valley Christian Mom Since 2013
It’s been seven years since we decided to invest in our daughter’s education and walk our first-grader down the hall to her classroom. We could hear Mrs. Taylor singing a hymn as we approached, and I remember thinking that we were doing the right thing for our daughter and family by choosing Valley Christian School.
We shopped around many private schools and, for us, the criteria we valued most in making our decision was the presence of the Holy Spirit we felt as we prayerfully explored and considered the school and faculty. We were not looking for a school that simply insulated our daughter from the secular influence of public school, but we were longing for an environment and staff who would come alongside us as parents to help our daughter grow and mature in her faith. Over the years, through the teaching and role-modeling at Valley Christian, my daughter has grown in her knowledge of the Bible and understanding of a Christian walk with God.
Jumping forward to this year, our daughter is in seventh grade, a time with a lot of changes in all areas of life, including spiritual. We as parents have been eager for our daughter’s faith to become her own and not just a reflection of our family’s values and perspective. This has been a point of discussion and focus within our family, and we have been delighted by what we have witnessed coming to life in our daughter as a result of her daily experiences at Valley Christian. It has and always will be our perspective that academic knowledge, although important, pales in comparison to having a solid foundation and personal relationship with God. We are so blessed to be a part of a school that provides both academic challenge and biblical guidance.
So, for the most part, in junior high, we don’t hold our kiddos’ hands and walk them down the hall to their classrooms anymore. It is reassuring and wonderful to know that as we watch them walk into the school building on their own that they will be nurtured, surrounded, trained up and prepared for the role God has for them in His Kingdom.
Evergreen Fountains was designed with active seniors in mind. From the vast amenities in the Wellness Center to the programs, classes and assessments provided for seniors at all levels of fitness, it’s no wonder Evergreen Fountains bills itself as a place where “wellness is a way of life.”
As they look to provide continuity of care for seniors, the staff at Evergreen Fountains emphasizes three components for evidence-based senior exercise, which they adapt to each individual’s specific health needs.
Aquatic exercise Whether this is water walking, buddy swim, water aerobics or some other feature of the warmwater, 88-degree pool, Evergreen Fountains offers proven aquatic options that benefit seniors. Not only is water exercise easier on joints and reduces the risk of injury, the pool can benefit all types of targeted health benefits, from strengthening heart muscles to improving balance and coordination.
Balance Speaking of balance, that is an area of specific emphasis at Evergreen Fountains, both in and outside of the pool. From programs like Yoga Stretch, which focuses on strengthening the body’s core, to many other programs that are customized based upon individual assessments, the experts at Evergreen Fountains can help.
Strength training From weights and resistance bands to just working on resistance with a trainer, two to three such workouts a week help prevent the loss of bone mass and improves balance. This type of training is proven to help seniors avoid falls and broken bones. Evergreen Fountains boasts a variety of activities led by an experienced wellness director and personal trainer. Residents utilize a state-of-the-art Wellness and Fitness Center equipped with a swimming pool, therapy spa and complete fitness equipment specifically designed for seniors.
“There’s a reason so many active seniors choose Evergreen Fountains,” said Leasing Director Gene Arger. “Our residents believe in living well, and we provide the amenities to help them achieve their personal wellness and fitness goals. We have a great team to provide assessments and programs customized to each resident. And it’s such a fun atmosphere. Our goal is for residents to regain their independence.”