Jennie Helmick’s Story

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You’re helping Jennie stay healthy and active at age 80 with your support for St. Joe's at the Mall

For more than a decade, Jennie Helmick has spent time five days a week at St. Joe's at the Mall. Three days a week she’s moving in a cardio class and the others, she grooves at Zumba.

“I loved it right from the beginning,” she says. “At this stage in my life—I’m 80 now—you kind of want to be around people your age. You don’t feel very intimidated there because we are all at the same place in life.”

St. Joe’s at the Mall is a fitness center that is available for community members and supported by your generous donations. The health education, fitness equipment and classes are what Jennie says have helped her gain control of her health.


“At one point they had a dietician, and I took part in that program. I was able to drop 20 pounds. Since then, I’ve been able to maintain a better weight for my health.”


Jennie credits the exercise facility with helping her and others live better lives. In fact, she thinks the presence of St. Joe’s at the Mall is actually helping people extend their lives. “During my last visit, my heart doctor didn’t even run a stress test because he said I was doing everything I needed to be doing.”