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Elgin seeks family fitness class record

A game basketball takes place The Centre ElgMonday. November 19 2012 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media

A game of basketball takes place at The Centre of Elgin on Monday. November 19, 2012 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 14, 2013 6:18AM

ELGIN — All families in the Elgin area are invited to be part of history by participating in Elgin’s Largest Family Fitness Class, which will take place at 6 p.m. March 1 in The Centre of Elgin.

“On March 1 we hope to set a record for the largest group fitness class to ever take place in Elgin,” said Randy Reopelle, Parks and Recreation director for the city.

“We welcome individuals and families of all fitness levels to come and be a part of what should be a very fun event.”

The free fitness class will last approximately 30 minutes and be followed by free use of The Centre’s field house and swimming pools until 8:30 for all who participate in the fitness class. Schedules for the remaining March into Health activities and the passports needed to enter the raffle will be given out after the Family Fitness Class.

Elgin’s Largest Family Fitness Class is the 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.

“We are very concerned about the health of our residents,” Mayor David Kaptain said, “and it has been proven that 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.”

Presented by Activate Elgin, March into Health will feature eighteen different activities that residents can participate in during the month of March. These activities will be offered at sites throughout Elgin. Anyone who participates in three or more of the activities will qualify for a drawing featuring a number of prizes, with the grand prize being an Xbox Direct Connect system.

Activate Elgin is an initiative to engage all sectors of the community to work in harmony, providing all residents with opportunities to improve their health, wellbeing, and overall quality of life, sponsors said.

Partners include Kane County Health Department, Northern Illinois University, Judson University, Gail Borden Public Library, School District U46, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Sherman Hospital, South Elgin Parks Department, Elgin Parks and Recreation, Taylor Family YMCA, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Elgin Community College, Well Child Center and Feeding Greater Elgin.

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