Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ways to Eat Right and Keep Moving in Tough Economic Times

Wellness is a priority for most families. Many people are trying to make changes to eat healthier and be more active, but in these tough economic times, it can be difficult to maintain healthy lifestyles and keep families well. One strategy Maria Capps used was group personal training. She would get together with a few of her friends and a personal trainer and they would split the cost of the personal trainer, a great way to get the benefits of a personal trainer without the expense. However, after her husband lost his job, this was a luxury they could no longer afford. One of her daughters is involved in volleyball, and they still intend to nurture that, and she is keeping her youngest in gymnastics. While these are costly activities, they are too important for the Capps family give up, so they save elsewhere.

Park Districts offer many free and low cost opportunities for families to keep moving. Amy Doll, Aquatic, Tennis and Fitness Manager at the Champaign Park District shares some of those opportunities.

The Dodds family is a family that runs together. They were at the C-U on the Trails run, and I had seen them at another trail run, so I asked Janelle, of Tolono, IL about how they stay healthy.


  1. So, cool. I love how the Capps family still manages to exercise and eat well despite the layoff.

  2. It's short notice, but there are a few upcoming inexpensive opportunities for families:

    Until the end of the year, Fitflex coupon books are half price($22/$33 (resident/non-resident) for 10 coupons.)These coupon books allow you to choose from a variety of group fitness classes when it meets your schedule. Each coupon can be used to attend one group fitness class at any Champaign Park District facility or the Savoy Recreation Center. Coupon books are good for six months from the date of purchase.
    They are available at the Bresnan Meeting Center, Springer Cultural Center, Leonhard Recreation Center and Savoy Recreation Center. For more information call,352-6044.

    There is also a 3 mile Fun Run on New Years Eve at 4pm at Body and Sole Fitness. To register call 356-8926.