Lewes : Fitness Night

by Dave on July 29, 2008

For the third summer in a row, the City of Lewes is inviting people of all ages in the area to join in the Lewes Steps Out For Fitness program. The kick-off ceremony, registration, and Family Night, complete with face painting and a magic show, will take place 6 p.m., Thursday, June 26, at the George H.P. Smith Park in Lewes.

This year’s theme is “Make Every Minute Count,” and with that new theme is a change in the goal of the event. Instead of having participants add up the ‘steps’ they walk or run, participants will add up the minutes that they spend in healthy activities that get their hearts pumping and improve their overall physical fitness.

“Summer is a time when people can get outside and enjoy our city and the beautiful environs around us,” says Lewes Mayor Jim Ford. “So, this year we want to support people in all the activities they enjoy, such as sailing, kayaking, swimming, skating and bicycling, as well as walking and running, knowing that it’s the minutes that count, not the miles.”

The objective of this year’s Lewes Steps Out Committee is to get 400 participants to exercise 30 minutes each day for five days a week, between June 26 and September 18, equaling 720,000 minutes of healthy exercise. All participants will receive stopwatches when they sign up so that they can count the minutes they exercise.

Participants will gather every other Thursday evening at 6 p.m. to take part in fitness-related programs and to share in the fun. Nurses from Beebe Medical Center will be on hand to check blood pressures every evening. This year the gatherings will take place at the lovely green setting of the George H.P. Smith Park, which surrounds Block House Pond. The park is so centrally located that Lewes residents are encouraged to walk and ride their bicycles to the events. For those who drive, parking is free and available in the park’s parking lot, in the Consortium’s parking lot that is adjacent to the park, and in the Beebe Medical Center parking lot nearest to the park.

“We want to encourage people of all ages to come out for the activities,” says Betsy Reamer, Executive Director of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. “Those who are unable to come the first night to register can register at any one of the Thursday events.”

Those events include:

June 26: Kick-off and sign-up event and family night with magic by Charlie Joseph and face painting by Kim Klabe. 

 July 10: Tai Chi demonstration and group activity with Mark Blaskey of Beebe Medical Center.

July 24: Bicycle Safety Night with demonstrations, information and an organized ride; presentations by Lewes Police Department.

August 7: Yoga demonstration by Quest Fitness.

August 21: Pilates demonstration by Quest Fitness.

September 4: Healthy cooking demonstration and healthy recipes by Beseme restaurant.

September 18: Closing ceremony and awards presentations to take place at Lewes Public Beach.

Lewes Steps Out For Fitness is sponsored by the City of Lewes, Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Quest Fitness, Beebe Medical Center and Cape Gazette. Members of the organizing committee are: Lewes Mayor Jim Ford; Betsy Reamer, Lewes Chamber of Commerce; Wally Evans, Lewes Fire Department; Matt Carter of Quest Fitness; Dennis Forney, Publisher of the Cape Gazette; Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO of Beebe Medical Center; Mark Thompson, Director of Public Relations and Community Health for Beebe Medical Center; and Peggy Diehl, RN, MSN, CEN, Beebe Medical Center Community Health Nurse Coordinator.

For more information call 645-8073.

This post was copied from the City of Lewes website.

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