City’s free summer fitness series launches June 1



The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) launch the 2015 Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield on Monday, June 1, from 5:30 p.m. to7 p.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End. The three-month series brings free fitness classes to parks across the city, aiming to activate these spaces while increasing opportunities for physical activity across all of Boston’s neighborhoods.


While Boston was ranked the sixth healthiest city in the country in the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2013 American Fitness Index, obesity rates remain a challenge.  According to the 2014-2015 Health of Boston Report, 22% of adults and 14% of high school students are obese.  These rates are even higher among communities of color.  Only about half of adults in Boston report exercising regularly.


By engaging in a citywide effort to increase opportunities for physical activity, the Parks Department and Public Health Commission aim to decrease rates of obesity for all of Boston’s residents.  This year’s series looks to build upon previous program efforts by expanding the number of parks that offer free classes to city residents and making them more accessible to all neighborhoods.  In extending this opportunity into the neighborhoods, the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series aims to further reduce barriers to active living and achieve the goal of ensuring that Bostonians across the city have ample opportunity to be active.


The June 1 kick-off event will feature a free high-energy, hour-long Zumba class open to all fitness levels and provide an introduction to all that the series has to offer Bostonians this summer including salsa dancing, yoga, tai chi, high intensity interval training, Zumba, boot camp, line dancing, and other activities.  Fitness classes will be offered throughout June, July, and August at parks across the city.


Christopher Columbus Park is located at 110 Atlantic Avenue in the North End. The Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series is offered by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Boston Public Health Commission with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.


For a full schedule of Boston Park Summer Fitness Series classes go to www.cityofboston.gov/parks or www.bphc.org.  For updates, follow @HealthyBoston, @BostonParksDept, and #BostonMoves on Twitter.

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