IHA and YMCA Buffalo Niagara Present Fitness in the Parks

Independent Health and YMCA Buffalo Niagara Present Fitness in the Parks for Fifth Consecutive Year

BUFFALO, NY, June 17, 2016 - Independent Health and YMCA Buffalo Niagara are teaming up for the fifth consecutive year to offer Fitness in the Parks, free outdoor community exercise classes throughout Western New York. The outdoor classes begin on Sunday, June 19 and run until Saturday, August 27.

“Independent Health is excited to partner with YMCA Buffalo Niagara again this summer to offer Fitness in the Parks. It’s a great way to get outside and get in a workout,” said Nora McGuire, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Independent Health. “Independent Health is committed to the health and wellness of Western New Yorkers. By offering Fitness in the Parks, we’re aiming to make a healthy lifestyle more accessible to folks by bringing exercise classes to the communities in which our members live and work.”

The free outdoor fitness classes include boot camp, cardio dance, cardio kickboxing, Pilates, yoga and Zumba®. Each class is 60 minutes and is taught by YMCA-certified instructors. Classes will take place at 18 parks and locations throughout Western New York.

“Due to the popularity of Fitness in the Parks, we’ve added two additional locations for 2016, the Buffalo Medical Campus and Buffalo RiverWorks. These additional spots in the City of Buffalo will help us to meet the demands of the city’s population and workforce,” said McGuire. “Having more convenient locations to work out outdoors this summer makes accessing classes more convenient and even makes for a healthy social event for friends and colleagues to encourage and support one another.”

Classes will be held in Amherst, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Jamestown, Lancaster, Lewiston, Lockport, Orchard Park and Tonawanda. A boot camp class will be held at Ralph Wilson Stadium every Monday at 6 p.m. from July 11 through Aug. 22. There is no advanced sign up required to participate in any of the classes. People can simply show up to the location of their choice at the day and time listed on the class schedule.

Fitness in the Parks is one way Independent Health is reminding everyone to run, walk, bike and eat healthy this summer. Independent Health provides a number of other community programs and initiatives, including the new Reddy Bikeshare program being launched in the city of Buffalo this summer. For a complete list of Fitness in the Parks locations, times and dates for giveaways visit www.independenthealth.com/fitpark.

In addition to partnering with the YMCA on Fitness in the Parks, Independent Health provides a number of other community programs and initiatives including the Reddy Bikeshare Program, the “Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge,” Healthy Options® at Food Truck Tuesdays, the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, GO Bike Buffalo, Slow Roll Buffalo, and a health and wellness partnership with Buffalo RiverWorks. The Independent Health Foundation also offers a number of signature programs including First Night® Buffalo, Fitness for Kids and Kids Run, and Good for the Neighborhood®.