By Kevin Kelley
A new program offered by Fairview Park’s recreation department offers families an opportunity to spend time together while learning healthy eating habits and exercising.
Called “Fit Families in Fairview,” the program costs $10 for all family members to participate. Sessions for the eight-week program will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays beginning June 17.
“It’s going to be a different activity every week,” said Kim Kelly, the group exercise coordinator at the rec department.
“The whole idea behind it is to have families spend quality time together with a focus on nurturing their bodies, minds and spirits,” Kelly told West Life.
Families will meet at the Gemini Center, the city’s recreation center at 21225 Lorain Road, Kelly said. The kitchen facilities will be utilized for cooking demonstrations, she said. Exercise sessions will take place either in the gymnasium or outside, weather permitting, she added.
“We know that families want to be outside in the summer,” said Kelly, who will lead the sessions along with Rosemary Miles, the manager of community health at Fairview Hospital. The hospital is a partner in the Fit Families program.
Participants will also go on “field trips.” For example, the July 8 session includes a trip to Heinen’s grocery store in Rocky River, where Todd Pesek, M.D., a holistic medicine physician and health sciences instructor at Cleveland State University, will discuss nutrition. Those attending will also get a tour of the store. Heinen’s is another sponsor of Fit Families.
Here is the schedule for the eight-week program:
June 17: Family Zumba and Jim Perko, Cleveland Clinic chef, food demo
June 24: Safety fair – bike safety, police, fire and child fingerprinting
July 1: Karate class and healthy snack preparation
July 8: Meet at Heinen’s Rocky River for “Super Foods” talk with Todd Pesek
July 15: Family yoga, relay race and fun with vegetables
July 22: Family sports and jump rope contest
July 29: Walk in the Cleveland Metroparks
August 5: Family picnic and hula hoop contest
The program also includes weekly giveaways, with grand-prize winners receiving Cedar Point tickets, gift certificates to Heinen’s and a pool party at the Gemini Center.
Registration and payment for the program can be made online at ActivityReg.com, or in person at the Gemini Center.
Fit Families is open to both Fairview Park residents and nonresidents. Families do not need to have a Gemini Center membership to take part.
The Fit Families program builds on the similar Fit in Fairview program, begun last winter, in which participants walked for fitness on a weekly basis and heard talks from medical experts. The program, which drew more than 260 participants, will be offered again in January, Kelly said.
SUMMER PASSES: For the first time, the Gemini Center is offering 250 summer memberships for nonresidents. The memberships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The nonresident must be sponsored by a current member, who must be present when the nonresident applies. This pass is valid from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The summer membership fee is $220 for individuals, $165 for seniors and $303 for a family of four.