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The Birches Assisted Living is Moving More This September…and You Should Too

The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills, Ill. is participating in a month-long healthy living campaign called Movement Matters, which kicks off September 3.

Clarendon Hills, IL, September 03, 2017 --( The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills, Ill. is participating in a month-long healthy living campaign called Movement Matters, which kicks off September 3.

The Movement Matters campaign was created by the successful aging organization Masterpiece Living to inspire people to achieve better health by making one simple lifestyle change: moving more.

Being sedentary is a leading risk factor for disease and premature death worldwide. Unfortunately, more than 80 percent of adults in the U.S. don’t meet recommended exercise guidelines, making campaigns like Movement Matters more important than ever.

“It’s no secret that people of all ages aren’t moving enough, so Movement Matters is a great opportunity to find fun and unique ways to move more no matter what your age or physical ability,” said Birches Executive Director Jackie Sander.

This is the fourth year The Birches has participated in Movement Matters, and the community has a wide range of movement-focused activities and events planned for the month. It’s hosting a community-wide movement competition to see which residents and associates move most throughout the month and a Walking Club that pairs residents with associates for daily walks. The community is also participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 17.

In addition, the community is giving others the means to move more by collecting gently used or new shoes and donating them to the Share Your Soles Foundation. The Share Your Soles Foundation is a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides shoes to children and adults all over the world who need them.

If you’d like to move more and be healthier, consider joining The Birches by dedicating your month to healthy movement too. Simple ways to move more this month include walking or riding your bike to do errands, cleaning more often, gardening (including weeding by hand and raking leaves rather than blowing them), cooking from scratch, doing exercises during TV time, using the stairs rather than the elevator, using a basket rather than a cart when you grocery shop and parking at the back end of store parking lots.

“It’s amazing how the small, subtle movements we make every day can change our health, mobility and well-being in big ways,” said Sander. “You don’t have to run a mile or lift weights to make a difference. Just walk a little bit more, move a little bit more in your day-to-day life and you’ll be amazed what happens.”

To read more about what’s going on at The Birches during Movement Matters, follow The Birches’ blog at or like The Birches’ Facebook page at If you’d like to participate in The Birches Shoe Drive for Share Your Soles contact The Birches’ Activities Director Katie Klitchman at 630-789-1135.

The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills, Ill. offers professional services to support the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual growth of the older adults who make it their home. The Birches offers purposeful programming and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit:
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