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Kick off summer with 'Fitness in the Parks'

by jmaloni

Press release

Mon, Jun 10th 2013 02:50 pm

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is pleased to once again team up with Independent Health to offer "Fitness in the Parks." This free community exercise program allows participants to enjoy the Buffalo weather without having to skip a workout.

New this year are two new programs at Canalside, and two additional park locations helping to expand program offerings into Niagara County.

Offered June 2-Aug. 31, "Fitness in the Parks" will take place at eight convenient locations throughout Western New York: Bassett Park (Amherst), Canalside (Buffalo), Delaware Park (North Buffalo), Cheektowaga Town Park (Cheektowaga), Chestnut Ridge Park (Orchard Park), Main Street Park (Clarence), Artpark (Lewiston) and Ellicott Creek Park (Tonawanda).

Programming includes Pilates, Zumba, tai chi, cardio dance, boot camp, and yoga, with each class running for 60 minutes. New this year at the Canalside location is family recess on Sunday afternoons and "Walks Along the Waterfront" on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at lunchtime. Certified YMCA instructors teach all classes. No registration is required. A complete listing of times, classes and locations can be found online at www.ymcabuffaloniagara.org or by calling 565-6000, ext. 128, for more details. Coca-Cola Bottling Co., and Tops Markets support this program.

Locally founded in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is an inclusive association of people committed to a common effort to help individuals and families reach their fullest potential in terms of spirit, mind, and body. The YMCAs focus on health and wellness is reflected in the variety of programs that are offered for all ages and abilities. Additionally, collaborations with insurance carriers such as Independent Health provide the opportunity for those wanting to take the first step toward a healthier lifestyle to do so at the YMCA.

A nonprofit organization, YMCA Buffalo Niagara serves more than 100,000 people annually through the seven branches located throughout Western New York, YMCA Camp Weona, as well as at 40-plus community-based program sites.

Headquartered in Buffalo, Independent Health began operations in 1980 and has consistently been rated among the top health plans in the country for customer service and member satisfaction. Independent Health's portfolio of product and service offerings include HMO, POS, PPO and EPO products, Medicare and Medicaid plans, traditional indemnity insurance, consumer-directed plans, coverage for self-funded employers, plus health savings account and pharmacy benefit management services. Combined, the company provides health benefits and services to nearly 375,000 individuals in Western New York and throughout the country. For more information, visit Independent Health's website at www.independenthealth.com.

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