Seniors don black and gold for Wellapalooza at Heinz Field

“Here We Go, Steelers!” was the theme of Wellapalooza, held last month at Heinz Field. Hosted by UPMC for Life and UPMC Living/Staying at Home, the annual event focuses on wellness, fun and healthy living for older adults. Hundreds of attendees came out for the day wearing their best black-and-gold attire, and many strolled the Great Hall, which showcases great moments in Steelers history. Former Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel was on hand for the festivities.

The day offered opportunities to socialize, play interactive games and learn about many ways to stay healthy and active. A variety of vendors provided educational information, activities and screenings for blood pressure, bone density, balance assessments and body mass index. Line dancing with DJ Little Larry Joe, light refreshments and fun giveaways were also part of the festivities.

To learn more about this annual event, call UPMC for Life community relations manager Shirley Fisher at (412) 454-8727 or

National Senior Health & Fitness Day
It’s almost time once more for the annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day, sponsored by UPMC for Life. Festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 30 at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. This event is always well attended and continues to grow each year. Last year, a record-breaking 800 older adults took part in the day.

Never been to National Senior Health & Fitness Day? Come check it out and enjoy Zumba, line dancing, belly dancing with Robin Martin, ‘backyard’ games like beanbag toss and ladderball, and the stress-reducing effects of drumming with Bryan Fazio. Caricature artist Jim Kanfoush will be nearby to capture images of the day. If you love music, hang out and listen to the karaoke stylings of DJ Mike Moats from Top of the Line Entertainment. The event will conclude with a raffle of various prizes.

Photos by Lynn Webster for Pittsburgh Senior News

Black and gold were the colors of the day.
Seniors came to learn and socialize.
Steelers Brett Keisel with a happy senior.
DJ Larry Hornyak entertains.
Community LIFE and LIFE Pittsburgh staff greets attendees.
The Aging Institute offer helpful materials on staying healthy.
Attendee gets a hug from Steely McBeam.
Wilson’s Pharmacy hands out health information.
An attendee has her caricature drawn.
Attendees get moving with line dancing.
Deputy Sheriff Jason Tarap [right] and Joe Cirigliano [left] discuss the D.U.M.P. program with a senior.
Health screenings were available.