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Free Summer Fitness Series Offered in 10 Parks

For Immediate Release: 5/13/2019 1:13 pm

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and YWCA Central Massachusetts to provide a free 17-week Summer Fitness Series in 10 city parks from June 3 through September 28.

"This program offers Worcester residents an opportunity to engage in physical activity and become a healthier overall community," said City Manager Edward M. Augustus. "By offering these classes city-wide, we're also giving people a chance to experience 10 of our amazing public parks."

The program is supported by a $45,000 multi-year grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. This grant will help provide three years of programming (2019-2021). HHS has secured the YWCA as a subcontractor to provide and coordinate the fitness classes.

"At Blue Cross we're passionate about programs that support healthy living. This free series offers a great chance for Worcester families to take part in fun, outdoor activity all summer long," said Jeff Bellows, vice president, corporate citizenship and public affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

"YWCA is excited to partner with the city in offering fitness classes in the parks. It is our hope to see many people participate throughout the summer, where they can not only engage in physical activity, but also make connections to other people and information to become more healthy throughout the year," said Patty Flanagan, director of wellness and health equity at the YWCA.

Class types offered will be 180 Boot-Camp, Capoeira, Dance Fit 4 U, Fit Circuit, Pilates Yoga Blend, Tai Chi, Walking for Wellness and Yoga for All Levels. Locations for the classes will be: Tacoma Playground, Green Hill Park, Vernon Hill Park, Kendrick Park, Cristoforo Columbo (East) Park, Oread Castle Park, Beaver Brook Park, Coes Pond Park, Blackstone Gateway Park and University (Crystal) Park. Classes are available on a drop-in basis and do not require prior sign-up.

Participants will have the ability to track their personal weight loss and physical activity goals on the program's website: www.worcesterma.gov/summer-fitness (Dates, times and locations of classes are also listed here).

"We're thrilled to partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and YWCA Central Massachusetts on a program that promotes health, wellness and active lifestyle choices," said Dr. Matilde Castiel, commissioner of Health & Human Services for the City of Worcester. "With the variety of classes we're offering, there is something for everyone."

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