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Fitness & Wellness Newsletter | February 2010 |
Spring Catalogs Available Online!
Start thinking spring with a look at our Spring 2010 Youth and Adult Program Catalogs. We've got a wealth of fitness offerings including this great boot camp:
Beach Body Boot Camp
Beach season is almost here! Interested in getting serious about fitness? Join the 60 minute intensive workout routine at Princess Anne Rec Center during spring break. Overall class focus is on cardio training, muscle building, stretching, strengthening, and toning.
#94127 | April 5-9 from 8-9 am | $20 | ages 14 & up
Printed catalogs will be available in early March and registration begins March 13.

Sitting is Deadly: Get Your Heart Going!
Sitting at DeskScientists are increasingly warning that sitting for prolonged periods - even if you also exercise regularly - could be bad for your health. And it doesn't matter where the sitting takes place - at the office, at school, in the car or before a computer or TV - just the overall number of hours it occurs. "We don't have enough evidence yet to say how much sitting is bad," said Peter Katzmarzyk of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, who led the Canadian study. "But it seems the more you can get up and interrupt this sedentary behavior, the better."
While health officials have issued guidelines recommending minimum amounts of physical activity, they haven't suggested people try to limit how much time they spend in a seated position. Research is preliminary, but several studies suggest people who spend most of their days sitting are more likely to be fat, have a heart attack or even die. Genes regulating the amount of glucose and fat in the body start to shut down.
Alert: Even for people who exercise, spending long stretches of time sitting at a desk is still harmful. Tim Armstrong, a physical activity expert at the World Health Organization, said people who exercise every day - but still spend a lot of time sitting - might get more benefit if that exercise were spread across the day, rather than in a single bout.
Got Vitamin D?
VitaminHave you had your Vitamin D blood level tested?
There's a paradigm shift going on in medicine as new research reveals a far greater role for vitamin D.
Optimal levels of Vitamin D (40-80 ng/ml) enhance the creation and functioning of healthy cells throughout the body. In addition to protecting the bones and boosting the immune system, studies show that Vitamin D helps prevent certain cancers, including breast, ovarian, prostate, and colorectal.
A study conducted by Cedric Garland and other prominent vitamin D researchers determined that women with vitamin D levels above 52 ng/ml have half the risk of developing breast cancer as those with 13 ng/ml! Garland estimates that 58,000 new cases of breast cancer in the U.S. could be prevented per year by raising vitamin D levels to 52 ng/ml. Imagine what the global impact could be!
A simple blood test is all that's needed to find out your vitamin D level. Five years ago, a range of 20-100 ng/ml was considered normal. Just recently, this range was raised to 32-100 ng/ml. Make sure to ask your healthcare provider what your actual vitamin D level is.
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Free Zumba® Class! 


Wondering what this new fitness craze is all about?  Join us for a free Learn to Zumba® class!
Princess Anne Rec Center
Saturday, March 6
10:45 am -11:45 am
Wear your fitness shoes and dress comfortably because Zumba® is all about the music and the party!
Questions? Call Birgitt at 426-0022.
New Fitness Equipment

Ab Machine 

New circuit training equipment was recently installed at all six Virginia Beach Recreation Centers! 
On your next rec center visit, stop by the fitness room and try out the new machines. 
We think you'll like the new options and updated equipment.
Fun Facts About Love and Hearts
  • Holding HeartWomen's hearts beat faster than men's
  • Three years after a person quits smoking, their chance of having a heart attack is the same as someone who has never smoked before
  • The human heart weighs less than a pound  
  • The first open heart surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hall Williams in 1893
  • Olive oil can help in lowering cholesterol levels and decreasing the risk of heart complications
  • People that suffer from gum disease are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack
  • Most heart attacks occur between the hours of 8 and 9 am
  • Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don't

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

Seatack Recreation Center will be closed March 8-14 for maintenance.  The pool will remain closed through March 19.
The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed March 29 through April 4 for installation of a new filtration system. 

Don't forget that your membership is good at all six Virginia Beach Recreation Centers!  If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center.  Use this locator to help you find one!
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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