Healthy ideas to avoid holiday weight gain exist in Star City

12 years ago

Healthy ideas to avoid holiday weight gain

exist in Star City


by Chris Beaulieu

    Candy canes, gingerbread, marshmallow truffles, toffee butter crunch, chocolate covered pretzels, cheesecake, peppermint brittle, chocolate crinkle cookies, eggnog, pecan pie … should I continue?

During the holiday season, there are more deliciously edible treats within fingers’ reach then probably any other time during the year. While instantly and extremely satisfying, a high volume of these delectable delights do come with a price.

    Everyone knows that the Presque Isle Recreation & Parks Department offers a number of programs for youth. However, we also offer a variety of programs for adults too, most of which will help fight off the holiday’s addition to your waistline. Is there really a better time of year to get out and get active?

    People of all ages can enjoy a leisurely skate at The Forum this season. General skating is offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Friday evenings, as well as afternoon and evening sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

    At the William V. Haskell Community Center there are several weekly programs offered, each of which are very beneficial to staying healthy. Come enjoy Men’s Basketball on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and beginning in January, Adult Volleyball on Monday evenings. Or you can come down and enjoy the very popular and high tempo Zumba classes run by Rene and Steph. These great calorie burning classes are offered on Wednesday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and starting in January, Saturday mornings. All of these activities are drop-in programs that allow the flexibility for you to attend when it is convenient.

    The Indoor Pool also offers a number of adult exercise programs. We offer an adult beginner swim lesson for those that have yet had the opportunity to learn to swim; for those more experienced swimmers, join the Stroke Improvement class to fine tune your technique. We also offer two levels of water exercise programs, one in shallow water and the other in the deep end. Covering all abilities, these classes provide active movements like running, punching and kicking, all working to improve range of motion, increased muscle tone and improved cardio.

    Individuals can also enjoy Aqua Zumba. Similar program to the original Zumba, yet held in the water, helping alleviate pressure on the joints. Aqua Zumba is held Monday and Wednesday evenings and come this January, Saturday mornings. Of course general, family and lap swim times are offered throughout the week.

    To learn more about these or any of our programs, please call the William V. Haskell Community Center at 764-2545, The Forum at 764-0491 or the Indoor Pool at 764-2564. You can also check us out on the web at and on Facebook.

    All of us here at the Presque Isle Recreation & Parks wish all of you a wonderful holiday.

    Chris Beaulieu is director of Presque Isle’s Recreation & Parks Department. He can be reached at 764-2545 or via e-mail at