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Work out for FREE on May 2 at a Chicago Park District Fitness Center.
Work out for FREE on May 2 at a Chicago Park District Fitness Center. Photo: Chicago Park District

Access to the Chicago Park District’s 72 fitness centers will be available for free on May 2

The Chicago Park District announced today the return of Chicago Moves Day, a citywide initiative that aims to connect Chicago residents to fitness and wellness opportunities across the city. More than 15 health and fitness providers and the Chicago Park District’s wellness department will offer a series of free workouts at Federal Plaza, located at 62 W. Adams St., from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The goal of Chicago Moves Day is to educate and motivate Chicagoans to adopt healthier lifestyles and help prevent and manage chronic diseases like obesity, tobacco use and cancer. 

“We are proud to bring back Chicago Moves Day and to motivate Chicagoans of all ages to get out and get moving,” said Chicago Park District & CEO Michael P. Kelly. “The Park District is in the business of fostering opportunities for residents of Chicago to take steps towards improving their physical health and making wellness a priority and a habit.”

The lunchtime event will feature free workout demonstrations, including Yoga, Pilates, Bootcamp, POUND, as well as fitness and health screenings, and nutrition and product sampling. Among the confirmed vendors are Zen Yoga Garage, Kitchfix, Core Chicago Pilates, RxBar, SWEAT, American Heart Association, Athleta, Urban Initiatives, Department of Public Health, Fitness Formula Clubs, and Advanced Health Chiropractic. Some vendors will also provide giveaways and offer chances to win prizes.

The schedule of activities for the day is as follows:

•    11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony
•    11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: Park District fitness demo
•    11:45 a.m.-12 p.m.: SWEAT demo
•    12 p.m.-12:15 p.m.: Core Chicago Pilates demo
•    12:15 p.m.-12:35 p.m.: Park District fitness demo/announcements
•    12:35 p.m.-12:50 p.m.: Fitness Formula Clubs demo
•    12:50 p.m. -1:05 p.m.: Zen Yoga Garage demo
•    1:05 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Park District partner demo/ announcements

As part of the program, all of the Chicago Park District’s 72 fitness centers will be available to Chicago residents for free on May 2.  The event will also launch the Park District’s summer programming series, which offers Chicago residents a variety of healthy lifestyle activities and programs.  

The Chicago Park District is the leading provider of affordable wellness programming throughout the City of Chicago. There are a variety of fitness and nutrition classes for all ages and abilities offered in over 100 park district sites.

Online summer programming registration is open. Visit www.chicagparkdistrict.com to browse the selection of summer fitness and wellness classes. 

In 2016, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) launched Healthy Chicago 2.0, a plan focused on ensuring a city with strong communities and collaborative stakeholders, where all residents enjoy equitable access to resources, opportunities and environments that maximize their health and well-being. 

The Chicago Park District is one of the community partners working to implement Healthy Chicago 2.0 strategies and meet objectives in the plan. The Chicago Moves initiative also aligns with the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Commit to Health campaign.
For more information on the summer park programming opportunities, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.  

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About the NRPA Commit to Health 

Commit to Health is NRPA’s campaign that supports the implementation and evaluation of Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in park and recreation sites across the country. Park and recreation sites can join the national movement to improve access to healthy foods, increase opportunities for physical activity, and connects kids to our natural environments.