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Fitness & Wellness Newsletter | May 2010 |
Ready for Summer? We Are!
Our 2010 Summer Youth and Adult Program Catalogs are available online and are being mailed this week. Get outdoors with a fitness boot camp or beat the heat by taking a class indoors at a recreation center. We've got a variety of classes to get you active including martial arts, dance and strength training. Registration begins Saturday, June 5.
What's The Magic Hour to Eat?
excerpt from The Hormone Diet by Natasha Turner
Almonds with Orange"You must eat a snack that contains protein between 3 and 4 pm. Go for a protein bar, a piece of low fat cheese, or some almonds with an apple. No matter what, do not miss that snack. It's important because it boosts metabolism and balances blood sugar. The lower you keep your blood sugar, the lower you keep your insulin, and insulin makes you store fat around your middle. Eating every three to four hours will deep your blood sugar even, but many people tend to go five or six hours between lunch and dinner without eating."
Instant Fitness: Just Add Water!
Water FitnessOh, how the times have changed! We've revamped our water fitness classes to give you more options for a better water workout. Take a look at our new drop-in offerings and find the class for you!
Why Water Fitness? If you're hesitant to take the plunge, check out some of the benefits below: 
  • Great for cross training
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Allows for wider range of motion
  • Reduces joint impact
  • Burns calories while having fun
  • Blends cardio and muscle conditioning
Classes require a membership or visitor pass, along with a group fitness punch card.
VB Ranked in Nation's Fitness Index!
Running in ParkVirginia Beach ranked 17th in the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) American Fitness Index! The ACSM American Fitness Index (AFI) program provides an evidence- and science-based measurement of the state of health and fitness at the community level throughout the US.
The program was developed to help cities understand how the health of their residents and community assets that support active, healthy lifestyles compares to other cities nationwide.
The report reflects a composite of preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access, and community resources and policies that support physical activity. Many of Virginia Beach's strengths lie in our great parks and open spaces!  Learn more...  
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Tips for a Healthy Fridge


Stocking your fridge with accessible, healthy food will help limit temptation and promote good eating habits.
ˇ If you don't buy it, you won't eat it. It's a lot easier to avoid the ice cream if it's not there. Always make a list and stick to it. We all know the rule, "Never go to the store hungry."
 ˇ Give your fridge shelf appeal. Use the bottom bins for meats and deli items, and keep the healthy fruits and vegetables at eye level. When looking for a snack, you're more likely to grab the first item you see.
ˇ Wash, chop and bag it. Take the time (as soon as you get home from the store) to wash and prepare the fruits and vegetables. Waiting until you're hungry to wash and peel the carrots is a promise you won't keep.
ˇ Freeze it. Frozen fruits such as bananas and grapes make great snacks.
ˇ Hide it. The sweet stuff, that is. If you do indulge, keep only one item on hand at a time and hide it.
The Winning "Losers" On Track for Success
Lose to Win - WinnersThis year, the Fitness Unit ran its inaugural Lose to Win 12-week weight loss challenge. It began the first week of February and concluded at the end of April. The 34 participants that completed the program lost a total of 257 pounds and more importantly, created a healthier lifestyle with regular exercise. 
Each participant received several perks such as: an unlimited 30-day group fitness pass, a beginning and ending assessment, a weekly webpage with health and exercise tips and healthy recipes, a 12-week exercise and nutrition journal, weekly weigh-ins and prizes for weigh-in participants. The male winner, Kim Brown, lost a total of 24 pounds and spoke to John Streit, Sports Correspondent for the Beacon stating, "This time, I'm going to keep it off. I'm going to continue to work toward my target weight."
Heather Whitley, the female winner who lost 16 pounds, said that she "started this long journey and needed the extra motivation to lose the weight."  Neither Kim, nor Heather started the program expecting to win, but both are excited to continue working out with a personal trainer for the 6 one-hour sessions that they each won.
Look for the Lose to Win weight loss challenge to begin again in January 2011!
Meet the Instructor: Rita Cohen
RitaThough she has lived in the US most of her life, certified ZumbaŽ Fitness instructor Rita Cohen is a native of Accra, Ghana, in West Africa, and still speaks many of its languages. In fact, Rita is a proficient speaker and writer of several languages, and often works as a linguist and interpreter for the federal government. She loves using her dance (Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom, Belly Dance), music (a professional classically trained singer), and language (mostly Spanish) background to lead fun and energetic ZumbaŽ classes.  Rita is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A.) and the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.). She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and their two children.
Check the group fitness schedule at Bayside to take a ZumbaŽ class with Rita.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

All Community Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on May 31 for Memorial Day.

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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the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.