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Activate Oak Park: Start the New Year on the Right Foot

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January 17th, 2018 9:30 AM

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It's a new year, and the Park District of Oak Park is here to help you meet your wellness goals for 2018. With expanded offerings, new classes and specialized one-day workshops, the PDOP makes meeting your wellness goals within your reach.

With the launch of the Activate Oak Park campaign in 2018, PDOP Program Supervisor Laura Greeley notes that the Park District's focus is on all aspects of wellness. "This year, we're kicking off our new campaign centered not only on physical wellness, but also on gaining the education and mindfulness to sustain a healthy lifestyle."

As part of the education component, the Park District is building on existing partnerships to present one-time workshops on a variety of wellness topics. Whether the programs address nutrition needs, family meal tips or the benefits of yoga, there will be something for everyone looking to boost their personal wellness.

The Park District continues to increase its class offerings in the New Year. With 55 classes per week in 2018, compared to 45 last year, there is a class for those at every fitness level. Favorite classes include Cycle, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT,) Yoga, Barre, Fitness Inferno, BODYPUMP™ and dance fitness classes, Zumba and Werq. 

This year, the Park District is growing the social aspect of its classes in response to community demand. Among other offerings, weekday 4 p.m. classes are being expanded to meet the needs of District 97 teachers. Teens can now join teen yoga classes, and for adults, a "Meet me at the Barre" class on Friday evenings combines fun and exercise.

Greeley says the classes are all a part of a renewed focus on the social aspect of wellness. "Industry-wide, people get excited about New Year's resolutions but that excitement dwindles by February. We can change that by increasing the social component of programming while still focusing on the motivation and results-driven fitness classes we offer. At the Park District, we create a sense of community in our classes and give people the social connection they are clamoring for."

Residents can get a taste of Park District wellness offerings and a variety of other adult programs at the upcoming Adult Tastes on Tap on Friday, January 26 from 7 to 9pm. Cheney Mansion will be bursting with activity as adult wellness, cooking, arts, sports and many more programs will be showcased for attendees as they socialize with other community members. Child care will be offered off-site for the event. For more information, please visit www.pdop.org/tastes.

The Park District of Oak Park aims to provide convenient and affordable programs and services and wellness programs are no exception. The on-line scheduler makes it a breeze to sign up for one class or a package. A variety of pricing packages are available, with the most popular package remaining the $45 per month unlimited class pass option. With five locations throughout Oak Park and plenty of before and after work options, the Park District makes it easy to fit in a class on your schedule, close to home, at an affordable price!

Make 2018 the year you commit to a healthier lifestyle! For a complete list of programs and classes, visit http://www.pdop.org/fitness