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SRPMIC Fitness Center Hosts Open House

A demonstration of Taka led by Melissa Rave and Jessica Ruiz was held outside for interested young ladies attending the open house.

On July 25, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Diabetes Prevention Program held an open house at the Salt River Fitness Center. The event was geared for youth ages nine to 18, and their families, as a way to get Community youth comfortable with the Fitness Center, its equipment and the numerous workout programs it offers.

Equipment demonstrations and nutrition tips were provided by the Diabetes Prevention Program staff. Guests registered and received a participation “passport” to be stamped at each station they visited. Stations included an obstacle course, which was instructed by Fitness Center staff member Rachel Seepie; a Healthy Food Demonstration by Ernesto Lopez Catering; Healthy Food Tips from MaryLynn Marshburn; a Cardio Machine Demo and Review, instructed by Lynn Michelle Tenorio; Body-Weight Exercising, instructed by Nevelle Howard; Barbells and Broomstick Exercises, given by Dion Begay; and a cultural-based physical activity called Taka, led by Melissa Rave and Jessica Ruiz, which was held outside in the courtyard.

Youth participate in the obstacle course held in the aerobics room of the Salt River Fitness Center during the open house.
After the participants visited all the stations and completed the event evaluation sheet, they received a T-shirt. Dinner was served as well.

“It was great to see families come out to the Fitness Center and learn about exercises that can be done by youth,” said Elissa Caston of the Diabetes Prevention Program. Diabetes Program staff also answered families’ questions on health-related issues or suggestions.

“The Diabetes Prevention Program team is here to support your health journey; so however we can help, just let us know,” said Caston.

Staff member Dion Begay shows youth how to do various workout movements correctly and safely.