For Immediate Release
May 31, 2013
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Mayor's Press Office
The Mayor’s Youth Council will host a FREE Youth Fitness Challenge for Boston teens Saturday, June 1. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the event will run from 2-4 p.m. at the Madison Park Recreational Center. Participants will have the opportunity to try out group fitness exercises like capoeira, bootcamp, zumba, and yoga; participate in solo fitness challenges like push up stations and balance assessment stations; enjoy healthy snacks; climb a rock wall; learn about the many health and fitness programs offered in Boston; and win prizes like an Xbox Kinect, iPods, memberships to Boston Centers for Youth & Families community centers, workout music from Zumix, and more. The event is for residents aged 13-19. Individuals that bring their SAT admission ticket to the event will win a special prize.
“It’s so important for teens to develop healthy habits and make time for physical activity,” Mayor Menino said. “Together with our Youth Council neighborhood representatives, we’re excited to offer Boston teens the opportunity to take advantage of this unique health fair experience.”
The Mayor's Youth Council is a group of high school juniors and seniors selected to serve as volunteer representatives of every neighborhood in the city. The advocates outreach to Boston teens, inform them of existing opportunities and listen to suggestions on what the city can do to improve its youth oriented efforts. The City of Boston, in partnership with Northeastern University and the Boston Bar Association, has sponsored the Mayor's Youth Council since 1994. The MYC meets twice a month to participate in team building trainings, leadership seminars and public speaking workshops. About forty representatives are appointed each spring for a one-year term.
To register for the event, teens can visit: http://mycfitnesschallenge.eventbrite.com. A signed waiver is required for participants to use the rock wall: http://www.cityofboston.gov/images_documents/Fitness%20Challenge%20Waiver_tcm3-38357.pdf