Story and image by Chealse Howell
Passport to Wellness ran from February 18th to the 24th this year much to the delight of local families. The event, now in its 5th year, is organized by the City of Oshawa’s Fitness Team committee who teams up with area recreational centres to provide free fitness activities for the residents of Oshawa.
Each year the fitness committee tries to switch up the free activities that are available and this year new and exciting routines to offer. A family cycle boot camp ran at the South Oshawa Community Centre and a family Zumba class was offered at the Legends Centre. Classes were very popular as organizers saw the cycle boot camp fill up 20 minutes before the class even began.
Gabi McCune, the Fitness Committee program coordinator, explained why she loves Passport to Fitness week. “This is just a great experience for everyone. Not only do you get a chance to try something new for free, you also can spend time with you family or friends while working out. The part I love most would have to be seeing the enjoyment people have on their faces while participating.”
McCune said the turnouts are always good and suggests that if you want to participate in one of the events next year to come early to guarantee a spot.
This year’s event also gave participants the chance to win a free fitness class of their choice. After every free class, participants were given a ballot to fill out for a draw at the end of the event.
For more information on Passport to Wellness 2014 visit the City of Oshawa website.