By Jai-Leen James, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is inviting residents to “Get Fit With Parks & Recreation” on Saturday, June 8th. The event is in celebration of National Family Health and Fitness Day.
National Family Health and Fitness Day is an initiative by the National Recreation and Park Association in effort to keep communities healthy and to support local parks. The event will take place at Goulds Park from 9AM to 12:30 PM. All ages are welcomed to take part in free fitness activities led by park staff.
Families are encouraged to participate in the “One-Minute Jumping Jacks Challenge”. As the name suggests, participants are supposed to do jumping jacks for one minute and then share their videos or photos online using the hashtag #NRPAFamilyFitDay. Other park activities featured are tennis lessons, Zumba, basketball, flag football, golf and more.
“We are very excited about extending the NRPA’s ‘Get Fit with Parks & Recreation’ challenge to residents across our county on this nationally celebrated Family Health & Fitness Day,” Miami-Dade Parks Director Maria I. Nardi shared.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone to jump-start their fitness regime and experience some of the great health and wellness opportunities available to them at Miami-Dade Parks.”
If unable to attend, residents can do one of the “NRPA’s Top Five Ways to ‘Get Fit with Parks & Recreation.” The list includes taking a walk, going for a swim, enrolling in a fitness program, creating your own exercise routine and playing outside.
The NRPA is a national not-for-profit organization that works to ensure Americans have access to parks for recreation, health and social equity.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity affected about 93.3 million adults in 2015 – 2016 and 18.5 percent of children ages 2 to 19 are obese. Heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and strokes are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death.
The second Saturday in June is when parks and recreation departments nationwide celebrate Family Health and Fitness Day every year. The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department offers year-round fitness classes and activities for families and individuals. 2019 is the 90th anniversary of Miami-Dade Parks.
There are over 30 parks in Miami Beach alone. For the upcoming summer months, the city has summer camp programs. Summer camp programs start June 10th and conclude August 15th.
A 10-week package costs $640 and $320 for each addition child per family. Camp hours are 9AM – 5PM during the week and have extended hours from 7:30 AM – 6PM at no extra cost.
Miami Beach summer camps are for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. For teenagers in 10th to 12th grades, there is a counselor in training program. There, they can learn how to become future recreation professionals. Enrollment is limited and selections are based upon leadership ability, camp experience and grade point average.
Participating parks in Miami Beach include Flamingo Park, Muss Park, Nautilus Middle School, North Shore Park Youth Center, Normandy Isle Park and Scott Rakow Youth Center.