March into Health: A workout fit for a city
By Erin Sauder For The Courier-News March 2, 2013 4:26PM
The Centre Of Elgin instructor Ron Anderson, also known as “Dr. Sweat,” led the Largest Family Fitness Class, which lasted about 30 minutes.
Updated: April 4, 2013 6:57AM
While New Year’s resolutions to exercise tend to wane around March, that was anything but the case Friday night as throngs of people flocked to the The Centre of Elgin.
Residents from near and far came to participate in the city’s first Largest Family Fitness Class endeavor, also a kick-off event for the second annual March into Health, a month long series of activities offered throughout the Elgin area that promote physical activity and healthy eating.
The free fitness class, led by The Centre Of Elgin instructor Ron Anderson, also known as “Dr. Sweat,” lasted about 30 minutes and was followed by free use of The Centre’s field house and swimming pools until 8:30 for all that participated.
Even Elgin Mayor David Kaptain took part in the activities.
“The mayor didn’t show up in a suit tonight,” he told the crowd before the exercises began. “The mayor came to work out.”
Elgin residents Bob Barwig and his wife, Carrie, came out with their three children, Shane, 7, Brian, 5, and Natalie, 3.
“It’s something to do on a Friday night,” Bob Barwig said. “And it gets the kids out of the house. It’s a fun night for the kids.”
April Swain, of Elgin, brought her son, Benjamin, 5.
“When I heard about this event I said, ‘Absolutely, we’ll go,’” Swain said. “We’re ready for springtime and we wanted to go swimming tonight.”
Presented by Activate Elgin, March into Health will feature 18 different activities that residents can participate in during the month of March. These activities will be offered at sites throughout Elgin. Anyone that participates in three or more of the activities will qualify for a drawing featuring many great prizes with the grand prize being a Xbox Direct Connect.
Elgin Parks and Recreation Director Randy Reopelle hopes people take advantage of the month of activities.
“We’re trying to help residents adapt a healthy lifestyle and help parents look for opportunities to do stuff with their kids and show them doing fitness together can be fun,” he said.
Kaptain said it has been proven the best way to be healthy is through physical exercise and eating properly.
“I want to encourage all Elgin residents to participate in the March into Health activities so they can reap the rewards of good health,” he said.
He reminded participants during Friday’s event fitness shouldn’t be a one-time activity.
“Let’s not do this just for one night,” he said. “Let’s do this for the rest of our lives.”