Super Seniors: Exercise Class

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LYNDONVILLE, Vt. (WCAX) School's out at Lyndonville Graded School-- it's been closed for years.

"Alright, here we go," said Sha'an Mouliet, an instructor for Growing Stronger, a strength training class for seniors.

Move over kids, the seniors have taken over the gym. It's a class taught across the country.

"My doctor has encouraged me to get exercise," said Mike Heinemann, a participant.

But the Lyndonville group adds a twist. "We put money in the can -- that's how we do it," said Jean Davis from East Burke. The exercise fee is one buck. With around 25 participants twice a week, the cash can gets full fast. "We've given away so far $11,800. Isn't that wonderful?"

Halfway through the class, they exercise their right to vote. The money in the can becomes cash for the community. When the pot reaches around $400 they discuss.

"Do we want to do a voting?" Mouliet said. "Show of hands."

It's like a town meeting. They're voting on giving away $200 to a local church. The group is sending volunteers to Guatemala.

"Well that looks like a consensus to me," Mouliet said.

Mike Heinemann is dealing with multiple sclerosis. He likes the idea of giving to the community. He says it's good for the mind, body, and soul. "and it's an essential part of the group I think," he said.

Reporter Joe Carroll: Dollar here, a dollar there -- it adds up.
Mike Heinemann: Absolutely.

"This is a group effort," Mouliet said.

The seniors get back to exercising. It's to strengthen their cores. And they're also strengthening their community.

"What I appreciate about Vermont -- and it really comes through in the Kingdom -- is how we take care of each other. We don't have a lot, but we have a dollar," Mouliet said.

Reporter Joe Carroll: So giving away some cash is good for your mind and body?
Sha'an Mouliet: Your mind, body, and it tickles your spirt.

"Pat yourself on the back, excellent job, yeah for you!" Mouliet said.