Baton Rouge area YMCAs are celebrating National Senior Health and Fitness Day, set on May 27 nationwide, with several free events for senior citizens.

On May 27-28, the YMCA is holding free wellness activities to encourage seniors to keep their minds and bodies active, a news release said.

In support of National Senior Health and Fitness Day, the YMCA wants to help initiate improvement to seniors’ health and overall well-being.

Multiple branches will be featuring free group exercise classes for seniors 65 and older

“At the Y, we support seniors in their efforts to develop a healthy mind, body and spirit,” said Kristen Hogan, marketing director, YMCA of the Capital Area. “We know that it can sometimes feel like a challenge. So in support of National Senior Health and Fitness Day, we encourage seniors to stay physically and intellectually active, and give them opportunities to do so in a group environment. All activities are free and open to any senior 65 and older.”

National Senior Health and Fitness Day will take place at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. and will provide activities to more than 100,000 older adults. The goal for the day is to help keep older adults healthy and fit.

Classes include:

Paula G. Manship YMCA: 8:30 a.m., May 28, Light N Low class, 8100 YMCA Plaza. Call (225) 767-9622.

Charles W. Lamar Jr. YMCA: 11 a.m., Pilates, 521 Third St. Call (225) 612-9622.

A.C. Lewis YMCA: 11 a.m., May 27, Enhanced fitness and 10 a.m., May 28, Active Older Adults class, 350 S. Foster Drive. Call (225) 924-3606.

C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA: 9:30 a.m., May 27, Light N Low class and 10:30 a.m., Active Older Adults class, 15550 Old Hammond Highway. Call (225) 272-9622.

Southside YMCA: 11:30 a.m., May 28, chair yoga class, 8482 Perkins Road. Call (225) 766-2991.

Call Hogan at (225) 923-0653, ext. 1104.