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Media Alert/Photo Opportunity - Try Something New Event - 9/11/2006

Contact:  Cheryl Neisen, Fitness Coordinator, (905) 508-5995, ext. 223

The Town of Richmond Hill’s Parks, Recreation & Culture Department

Will host free recreation programs for residents during the 2nd annual “Try Something New” event

At Richvale Community Centre, 160 Avenue Road

On Saturday, September 16, 2006 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Town works hard to promote a variety of recreational activities that support active lifestyles and build a healthy community. At the “Try Something New” event, residents can participate, free of charge, in a variety of different activities including pilates and aquafitness and try out programs without a big time commitment or expense.

A recent poll from Statistics Canada shows that 26 per cent of Canadian children are overweight. They are at risk for serious health conditions like Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol - risk factors that can lead to heart disease, heart failure and stroke. They may also be prone to low self-esteem and depression.

The event is a great opportunity to get away from the television, computer and video games and try out a bunch of programs that will provide immediate health benefits and may even lead to a new interest in sports or arts.

Programs and activities offered include crafts, diaperfit, family fitness, games, corn roast, barbecue, guided nature walks, junior lifeguard competition, children’s basketball, family line dancing, Parks Master Plan feature and giveaways. Also on hand will be a number of local community organizations as well as the Fire Department and officers from York Regional Police.

Patrons can enjoy a free leisure swim after 2:30 p.m. and free Richvale family swim passes will be awarded to the first 100 families through the door!

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