Living Well United Board Members
Barb Whiteman, Director
I’m Barb – happily married with 2 kids and 2 grandkids. Originally from Michigan but I have called Illinois home for 26 years. I have been a school secretary for 23 years, founder of nonprofit, Personal trainer, senior fitness specialist and massage therapist who has run 6 marathons, bakes cupcakes and decorates cookies. Passion for keeping God’s older children (seniors) active comes from seeing how mental, physical, and spiritual activity need never stop but can change, grow, and become a way to give back throughout life! My gramma made rolls for the church potluck until she was 103, my mom (age 85) rides her bike to the county jail to lead women’s Bible study and my 75-year-old friend sends cards as her ministry. Everyone has something to give! I enjoy providing activities, education, and exercise that encourage seniors to stay active and engaged. I have taught SilverSneakers (senior exercise class) for 6 years. The class is designed for seniors at any fitness level from wheelchairs to fitness buffs! I have seen the benefits of both social interactions and physical exercise. I want more for our rural seniors! My desire is for seniors to have a center to gather and expand their social connections, engage their minds in learning, stay active physically, join in activities to share their wisdom, talents, and time with the community or just get a darn good cup of coffee!