PARK DISTRICT The Lombard Park District offers a wide variety of organized sports, dance and fitness classes and special events, as well as a fitness center, personal training, massage and nutritional counseling to residents of its district. “We offer swim lessons, both swim and dive teams, adult lap swim, water aerobics, water walking and water Zumba for teens at the water park during the summer season,” said Jill Wejman, communications manager. “Sports teams, walking clubs, and dance and fitness classes like yoga and Zumba are offered for all ages year-round, at facilities all around the park district,” she added. In fact, they are now offering “Physical U” group fitness training for ages 5 to 18. Students will be grouped according to age, ability and fitness goals, said Debbie Whitcher, aquatics and facilities manager. The district’s fitness center, located at Sunset Knoll Recreation Park, 820 S. Finley Rd., is open to everyone, age 10 and older. But children between the ages of 10 and 15 must be accompanied by a parent. Massage therapy for stress-relief, as well as individual nutrition wellness counseling by a registered dietitian and personal training are all offered to help residents stay well. Personal trainers help those with a doctor’s order identify what they are currently doing, the changes they need to make in their activity level and then help them follow through. Nutritionists do the same thing for people whose physicians feel that they need to change their diet for health reasons. Special events that are fitness-related are also held throughout the year. Each January the park district holds its Health Fair and Fitness Expo at Sunset Knoll Recreation Center. Each May the park district hold the 5K Mutt Strut during
which runners and their canine friends race through the neighborhoods around Lilacia Park. There is also a one-mile walk for those who don’t like to run. This year’s event will be held on May 18. And this fall, the district plans to introduce a day of Family Fitness Fun with a wide variety of active events to encourage fitness. For more information, call (630) 6207322 or visit www.lombardparks.com.
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