Category Archives: Athletic + Recreation Programming

Take A Trip to Sandwich Street

Sometimes the biggest mistake on a bus tour can make the best memory.

I read in an old travel book about Sandwich Street, located across the Detroit River in the Canadian town of Windsor. I bragged about the spot to the tour group because of the locale’s description—a quaint site with gift shops, restaurants, and touristic places. Also, it was unique to most of the sites we had lined up on this particular journey (the group had toured Greenville Museum and Mackinac Island). After Sandwich Street, we were to make our way home. … Continue reading

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Teaching From The Top

Yoga classes can taught in many different venues.

Yoga has been around for thousands of years, but has experienced exponential growth in the last 10 years. It is now taught in most gyms, fitness community centers, and traditional yoga studios across the United States. In the yoga community, there is an ongoing debate among instructors about which environment is best suited to present a safe and effective program. Last month, I read an article in The New York Times about instructors in yoga studios who view those who … Continue reading

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Harboring Hot Air

The Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in Bellville, Ontario, Canada. Photos Courtesy of Recreation,Culture & Community Services staff

The expansion of the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in the city of Bellville (Ontario, Canada), is designed to do more than deliver heart-pounding exercise on state-of-the-art equipment—it also recaptures its own heat and uses it elsewhere in the facility. In a $35-million project that expanded the building to more than 300,000 square feet and added an artificial sports field to a nearby park, the facility is now capable of reclaiming heat in the process of making ice for one … Continue reading

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Get “RevvedUP” About Fitness

Recreation centers can help their communities get revved up about fitness.

The epidemic that is wreaking havoc on the 21st century is not smallpox, yellow fever, or cholera; it is obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 every state had a prevalence of obesity greater than 20 percent; in 36 states, it was greater than 25 percent; and in 12 states, the rate was more than 30 percent. There is a need for private and public fitness/nutrition providers to ramp up programs to assist citizens with developing the … Continue reading

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Community Fitness Challenges

Turn community fitness into a challenge. Photo Courtesy City of Warrenville

Looking for the ingredients to host a successful fitness challenge? Combine ease of participation with a little friendly competition, fold in a partnership with a local medical facility, and add a dash of marketing. For good measure–sprinkle with incentives and a mayor or city manager in sweat pants and a pair of tennis shoes–and voila you have a perfectly prepared program that serves the entire community. Whether it’s inspiration from “The Biggest Loser” or a plea from local medical centers … Continue reading

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