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Fitness Newsletter | May 2012 | 
Good News on the Cost of Food 


Buying FoodHow many times have you heard that eating healthy is more expensive? It's been said so often that most people just accept it as truth. Fitness professionals have questioned this line of thinking and have been fighting the uphill battle against the stereotype for years. Now there's finally research to de-bunk the 'healthy foods are more expensive' myth. These findings are welcomed news to anyone trying to stock their fridge and pantry on a budget.


Previous studies have often used price per calorie to compare the cost of healthy versus less healthy foods. For example, 150 calories of potato chips might cost less than 150 calories of a fruit or vegetable. However, as Andrea Carlson and Elizabeth Frazao point out in their study for the US Department of Agriculture, calorie for calorie comparisons are flawed because they don't take into account how the foods are usually consumed. This study factors in typical serving sizes along with other variables. They used the potato chip example and compared it with broccoli. One serving of potato chips would be about 150 calories. That's roughly one individual-size bag. But to eat 150 calories of broccoli, you'd eat almost 3 cups. Nobody eats that much broccoli in one sitting. 


After compiling and analyzing the data, Carlson concludes one of the best ways to look at food costs while considering portion size would be, "How much do you have to pay to put something on your plate?" 


Here are a few budget-friendly tips from the study to help the next time you head to the grocery store: 


1. Consider alternative protein sources such as beans, eggs and quinoa that are easier on the wallet. 


2. Most people only allocate about 20 to 25% of their budget to fruits and vegetables, but a healthy diet should consist of 40% of your calories coming from these two food groups. Because inexpensive options are available in these two food groups, this change will surely save you money. 


3. Portion size affects cost and calories. So scale back the portions, even if this means eating more often. As you grow accustomed to smaller portions, you will see the cost savings go up.


4. Buying in-season produce is generally cheaper.

Get more tips on healthy eating on a budget from the USDA's website.

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TRX® Cardio Circuit


Saturday, June 9

9 am | Bayville Farms Park


Boot Camp

Experience a great workout in shaded Bayville Farms Park at this free one-hour TRX® Cardio Circuit Outdoor class! You'll alternate between TRX® suspension training and basic athletic cardio drills.

No advance registration; just meet us in the parking lot next to the tennis courts.

New!  Month-to-Month Memberships 

Available July 1 | For Adults, Seniors & Non-Residents


Join today!Want to join our recreation centers, but don't want to pay for a full year up front? Beginning July 1, you can enjoy all of the great benefits of a membership, without the annual commitment!


Our new month-to-month membership option enables you to pay a low monthly fee using a credit or debit card, with the option to cancel at any time with a 30-day notice. No commitment and no joining fees. Ever. 


Month-to-Month Rates
Adult | $11/month
Senior | $9/month

Non-Resident | $31/month

Sign up for a month-to-month membership at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center starting on July 1! As always, annual memberships are available for kids, adults, seniors and non-residents. Learn more about our membership options.

Knock Out Obesity and Get the Kids Moving! 


Youth BoxingBy now everyone is well-aware of the childhood obesity problem in this country. There are many factors that have led to the problem, but none are more important than the lack of exercise many of our youth are getting. According to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, one quarter of U.S. children watch more than 4 hours of television a day. When you factor in the time spent on computers and other electronic devices, the level of inactivity goes up dramatically. Every parent should be mindful of these statistics and encourage more activity with as much variety as possible. 

We have dozens of fitness, dance and martial arts classes to choose from this summer to keep your kids moving. All of our registered classes can be found in our Summer Programs & Activities Catalog. Here are a few highlights:

Tumbling and dance classes start as young as 3 years old
Martial arts classes starting at 8 years old
Hydro Teens, our newest water fitness class for ages 12-17
Amateur Boxing for ages 8 to 17
Kida Yoga for ages 7 to 12
* Most adult fitness classes such as TRX®, Boot Camps, and Kettlebells are open to teens 14 & up

In addition to our registered classes, kids can take any of our group fitness classes starting at age 12 with a parent and at 14 by themselves.

Hydro TeenNew Class Spotlight: Hydro Teens 


This class is fun and in the water, but don't let that fool you. It's also challenging for all fitness levels and a great way to promote youth fitness. Cardiovascular and strength training are both emphasized through various sports conditioning drills, exercises and games. Stretches specifically designed for the water are also included. 


If your teen loves the water, they'll have a blast in this class while getting a great workout.

Saturdays | 7/7 - 8/18 | 9:10 - 10:10 am | Kempsville | $49 | Register!

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed through June 17 for maintenance. 


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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