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S20 Episode 03: Virtual Fitness


Fitness instructors Karen Moranchek and Mary Sullivan and participant Kathy Leis discuss the challenges and benefits of group fitness classes on Zoom, and how virtual classes help keep us healthy during a pandemic and beyond.

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Quotes from the episode: “I was one of the first to start doing Zumba Gold virtually…and then I started feeling stronger …and I started adding more classes…it’s been so good for me to have a regular schedule.” – Kathy

“The feedback I’m hearing is just tons of gratitude. We were one of the only local gyms being able to pivot almost immediately back in March. Members really appreciated that. And they have been willing to take new instructors and new formats. They also appreciate some much-needed alone time, and some have started training with their spouse. And some teenagers were up and out of bed in the summer to train with their mom. There are so many positive things that have come out of us having to adapt. Even connecting within the family.” – Karen

“People are continuing to come back (virtually) – that means they’re enjoying it. One of my participants said that her husband was very appreciative, because he could tell that his range of motion has increased just by taking my class. It’s great to hear that kind of feedback; that people are continuing and getting stronger.” – Mary

Karen's virtual fitness studio setup at home 

Group Exercise at Fort Hill Fitness

View the current group exercise schedule hereAs we begin to open up more in-person opportunities when COVID-19 mitigations allow, the schedule will include additional in person classes as well as virtual classes.  Premier fitness classes are available here

Zoom screen during a Total Body Conditioning class. The instructor was able to teach this class from a Florida location; i.e., the background was real!

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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