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South Dakota senior fitness exam continues to spread

Hazel Trexler-Campbell throws spray-painted horseshoes during the Senior Games in Cleveland on July 23.
Benjamin Morris for NPR
A participant throws a horseshoe at the Senior Games.

This interview originally aired on In the Moment on SDPB Radio.

Becca Jordre, Ph.D., is a physical therapist at the University of South Dakota. She helped create the Senior Athlete Fitness Exam to accurately measure a senior's athleticism. It's spreading throughout the nation.

The exam is harder to pass than you may think. Try this: Stand up, close your eyes and balance on one leg for up to 30 seconds.

Listen to Dr. Jordre's interview to learn more about her exam, the Senior Games and geriatric athletics.

Cara Hetland is the Director of Radio and Journalism Content for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.
Ellen Koester is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.