Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

More Health Events Set

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

More Health Events Set

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The first of monthly "Energize Evansville" fitness events will be held next weekend at the State Hospital grounds on Evansville's East Side. And other exercise-related events and initiatives are coming soon, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announced Friday at the second part of his quarterly Health Summit held at Innovation Pointe. Coordinated by the Evansville Parks and Recreations Department, the first "Energize Evansville" event will be held in collaboration with a charity exercise fundraiser at 9 a.m., May 19.

"What we're trying to do is create a destination for exercise in our parks," said Winnecke after the meeting, which was attended by about 15 officials representing agencies from United Way to Deaconess Hospital.

"We just think it would elevate the community's overall health and fitness awareness," Winnecke said.

Along with Winnecke's workout video released last month and a newly formed "Speakers Bureau," Energize Evansville is part of the mayor's three-pronged initiative to encourage exercise and healthy living among residents.

Parks Director Denise Johnson said the event will piggyback on Custom Fit Personal Training's third annual "Push-ups for Charity." Besides push-up sessions, yoga, Zumba and "paloxi" (a Pilates and boxing mix) activities also will be available.

"There aren't going to be any intense instructional sessions," said Johnson. "Just a lot of variety and fun."

Energize Evansville events will be held each month at different locations and with themes ranging from boot-camp-themed workouts to tennis matches.

Winnecke's office launched these initiatives this year in response to a March 2011 Gallup poll that designated Evansville as the nation's most-obese city.

Winnecke said he noticed groups and organizations already were doing things to promote fitness and health, but there didn't appear to be much collaboration or knowledge of each others' events.

So he called the first Health Summit in February, and about 35 people attended. …

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