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Updated: March 28, 2013 6:33AM

Elgin: Largest Fitness Class set for Friday

Local families are invited to be part of history by participating in Elgin’s Largest Family Fitness Class at 6 p.m. Friday 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 of Elgin, “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 p.m. for all who participate in the 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.

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. Participants in three or more of the activities will qualify for a drawing for prizes, with the grand prize being an Xbox Direct Connect.

East Dundee: Health series continues at church

The second in a four-part educational series on personal Health Make-Overs will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m. March 16.

This seminar, “Nutritional Basics and Beyond,” is designed to discuss nutrition and how nutritional choices drive our health. Dr. Christine Mueller, member of Immanuel and family practitioner will present the basics of nutrition in America and touch on other countries guidelines.

Mueller will also present the general mechanics of weight loss and how to best implement healthy lifestyle changes.

The community is invited to these free workshops. Register online at or call the office at 847-836-5202. You may also register on the day of the event prior to the seminar beginning.

Upcoming dates for the other seminars are April 27 and May 11. All workshops will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end approximately two hours later.

Immanuel Lutheran is located on the corner of Van Buren Street and Route 72.


For the second year in a row, the Downtown Neighborhood Association was selected to receive grant funding from the Making Kane County Fit for Kids Consortium.

The grants’ goal is to reverse the rising tide of childhood obesity in Kane County through a variety of programs designed to promote active lifestyles and increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

The DNA received a $1,500 grant to continue bilingual marketing and accepting debit, credit and Link cards at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market. The initiative will continue to allow lower income residents greater opportunity to purchase healthy, locally grown and produced foods, and also provides an economic boost to the local growers and vendors of the area by increasing their customer base.

“In our second year of implementation of accepting Link, credit, and debit cards we are excited to continue the growth and improvement of this program so that Elgin-area residents know they have local options to get their produce, meat, and eggs,” said Jennifer Benson, DNA market manager. “But not only will they be able to shop, we want people to appreciate the kids programs, performances by local musicians, and fun interactive booths with our community organizations and sponsors. We hope the experience will encourage more engagement in the downtown and in the community.”

For more information about the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, visit

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