Helping residents take charge of their health and wellness while learning to bring about meaningful change in their lives is the focus of a new facilitator-led program coming to Butterfield.
BTV Fitness and Wellness Director Jennifer Neill is partnering with Whole Health Facilitator Kay Melton to present “Taking Charge of My Life and Health” at the Village early next year.
Melton, a BTV resident and retired school counselor, is certified to facilitate the program through the Bentonville-based Whole Health Institute. The nonprofit institute was created in 2020 by philanthropist Alice Walton to transform healthcare systems and make whole health and wellness accessible to everyone.
Neill, who has expertise as a corporate wellness trainer, said she’s thrilled to offer new ways for BTV residents to explore and define their personal wellness goals, while learning approaches to bring about self-directed change.
“Wellness is much more than just diet and exercise,” Neill said. “There are several components, including power of mind, spirituality, surroundings and environment, rest and recharge. This program focuses on finding your sense of purpose, which is especially important in retirement age, but something that is often overlooked.”
The Taking Charge program will be offered at BTV in small group sessions starting in January. Look for dates, times and more information in the December Programs Calendar here.
Butterfield to Bentonville Baby!
A group of outdoor-loving residents is on the move to Bentonville, traversing the region’s premier multi-use trail system as part of Butterfield’s popular fall hiking series.
The Hiking with Jennifer program allows residents and Carriage Club members to enjoy parks, lakes, woodlands and scenic areas along the Razorback Regional Greenway, a 37-mile pedestrian trail stretching from Fayetteville to Bella Vista.
The 12-week series, which kicked off Sept. 20, takes hikers along a new segment of the Razorback Greenway each week until the group reaches its final destination: 8th Street Market in Bentonville.
The hikes are between 1.5 to two miles, depending on the elevation, and are customizable to most fitness levels. BTV provides roundtrip group transportation, as well as a pickup midpoint during the hike. Following the hike, Neill and residents enjoy lunch at an area restaurant or eatery.
“You’re getting all the obvious benefits of walking and being outdoors, but most importantly, these hikes are fun,” Neill said. “We always have a great group with lots of camaraderie and wonderful conversations along the way.”
The hikes are each Monday through Dec. 6, departing Butterfield at 10:30 a.m. Those who wish to participate should sign up in advance at the BTV Transportation Desk. For more info, contact Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org.