The Wyoming Senior Olympic Summer Games, to be held in Casper July 10-13, 2013 and again in July of 2014, has adopted the theme of ‘Trails to a Healthy State’ to align with City of Casper Mayor Kenyne Schlager’s Proclamation encouraging citizens to choose healthy, active lifestyles.

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The Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo has partnered with the Wyoming Senior Olympics and has adopted the theme for the Annual Parade to be held on July 9th at 10am in Downtown Casper.  Casper Olympians, Della Works & Mike Kilmer,  will serve as Parade Marshalls.  The ‘Trails to a Healthy State’ slogan and logo was developed to recognize the importance of making healthy choices and participating in physical activity along with the significance of the four historic trails that pass through present day Casper: The Oregon Trail in 1843, the Mormon Pioneer Trail in 1847, the California Trail in 1849, and the Pony Express in 1860. The unique combination of Casper’s historical background, combined with current efforts encouraging people to choose healthy lifestyles, made for an opportunity to take advantage of a play on words inviting participants locally and nationally to compete in the Wyoming Senior Olympics.

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The Wyoming Senior Olympics Summer Games, an annual event in Wyoming for the past 26 years, provides opportunities for men and women, ages 50 and over, to participate and compete in archery, badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, cycling, darts, disc golf, golf, horseshoes, mountain biking, Pickleball, racquetball, 5K and 10K road races, skeet shooting, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, trap shooting, triathlon, volleyball and weightlifting. Information about the Wyoming Senior Olympic Summer Games is available at www.wyseniorgames.com.

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As recognized by the Centers for Disease Control, the benefits of physical activity are far reaching. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things that can be done for your health. It can help to: Control your weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, reduce your risk of some cancers, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health and mood, improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, and, if you're an older adult, increase your chances of living longer.