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Fitness Newsletter | April 2011 | 
Last Chance to Save on Membership!

12 + 1 Membership Promotion Ends May 31, 2011


If you aren't yet a member of our recreation centers, now is the time to join and SAVE! Through May 31, when you purchase or renew a 12-month membership with Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, you get one additional month FREE! For an adult resident, that's just $72 for a 13-month membership! Senior and youth memberships cost even less.


With six centers across the City, chances are we're located close to where you live or work. Just visit the front desk of any center to get your membership. Be sure to bring appropriate identification and proof of residency.

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Gear Up for the Mayor's Bike Ride on Earth Day

Sunday, May 1 at 1:30 pm at Mount Trashmore Park


Mayor's Bike RideWould you like to enjoy a bike ride through Mount Trashmore and promote a more sustainable way to travel? Well here's your opportunity to have fun, promote sustainability and ride with the Mayor. Join us for the Mayor's Bike Ride, part of the Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, May 1 at Mount Trashmore Park at 1:30 pm.

Mayor Will Sessoms invites everyone to participate in a leisure bike ride around Lake Trashmore with him, Interim Deputy City Manager, Cindy Curtis and Interim Parks & Recreation Director, Mary Cole. Get out with your family, or just join other members of your community for some outdoor recreation.
Also, take advantage of our free bike valet when you ride your bike to the Earth Day event! The first hundred people to do so will be given a prize for their sustainable travel. Participants of the Mayor's Bike Ride will also be entered into a raffle to win a prize for their participation.

Can You Prevent or Delay Alzheimer's?


Elderly CoupleResearchers across the world are racing towards a cure for Alzheimer's disease. As prevalence rates climb, their focus has broadened from treatment to prevention strategies. Although there are no magic solutions, tantalizing new evidence suggests it may be possible to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease through a combination of healthful habits. Scientists now suggest you can stimulate your mind, improve your mood, sharpen your memory, and reduce your Alzheimer's risks. Learn their discoveries and join the race towards brain vitality now.

Which Alzheimer's risks can you control or reduce?

Although scientists are still working to find causes and cures for Alzheimer's disease, conditions and behaviors that leave you more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease have been identified.

Did you know:

  • Smoking after age 65 increases your chances of developing Alzheimer's by 79%?
  • Obesity in midlife makes you 3 times more likely to experience Alzheimer's?
  • Diabetes makes you twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's?
  • Genetics account for only 25% of Alzheimer's cases?
  • Chronic stress may quadruple your risk?

Although you can't change your inherited genes, ethnicity, gender, or age, you can address the following risk factors:

  • Diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, chronic stress, poor quality or insufficient sleep, sedentary lifestyle, liver and kidney disease, smoking, alcohol, drug use, head injury, toxic insults to your brain

Continue reading for prevention strategies.


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Buy One, Get One Free Piranhas Soccer Tickets!

Special Offer for Virginia Beach Recreation Center Members!


Piranhas LogoThe Virginia Beach Piranhas Women's League and Men's Premier Development League soccer teams are providing a special buy one, get one free ticket offer for Virginia Beach Recreation Center members. This offer is good at any home game, including double-headers! All games are played at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex and you can purchase tickets at the box office, just be sure to show your membership card to receive the deal.


The season kicks off for the men on Saturday, May 7 at 7 pm versus the Fredericksburg Hotspur at the Sportsplex. Learn more about the teams and view the complete schedules at

Change Your Routine with Personal Training


Personal TrainingAre you having a hard time knowing what to do in the gym? Don't know what you need to do to lose those extra pounds or firm up your legs? Sign up for personal training and get on the right path! You'll receive individualized attention to help you reach your fitness goals with a program designed specifically for you.

If you prefer working out in a group, try Small Group Training! Train with 3 to 5 other participants under the coaching of a certified personal trainer. This class will include training sessions, journaling and nutritional information tailored to fit your goals. If you have your own group looking to train on specific days and times, we can customize a schedule to accommodate your needs. Contact fitness staff at Great Neck to discuss your request.

Meet the Trainer: Aimee Young 


Aimee YoungAimee Young is a certified personal trainer through World Instructor Training Schools (WITS). She has been personal training for 7 years. Aimee has trained a variety of clients including athletes, people looking to lose weight, increase muscle mass or strength and people who need injury rehabilitation.

Before she started personal training, Aimee's passion was dancing.  She danced for 21 years. Due to a serious back injury, she was unable to make dancing her career. Aimee always knew she wanted to stay active, promote fitness and help others. Soon after, she started teaching dance and various fitness classes. Aimee realized she wanted work with people one-on-one to cater to their specific goals. 

Aimee likes to promote health and wellness to increase a person's quality of life. She believes that health and wellness are the keys to a happy, long and productive life. Aimee stands by her favorite quote, "Live life to the fullest."

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed May 30 for Memorial Day.


The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through Spring 2011 for renovations.


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 your child requires 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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