The 2013 edition of ON THE MOVE will begin Jan. 1, and staff say it will be bigger and better than ever before.
There will be a host of classes and try it sessions with new types of exercise. Paid members will be able to attend Curves, the Fitness Center and Snap Fitness totally free.
ON THE MOVE is designed to offer tips, support and incentives to help Barnes County residents set a physical activity goal and meet it.
The local fitness businesses are partnering with ON THE MOVE to let people who join try out their exercise opportunities. In January, any paid ON THE MOVE member can come to Curves and be a part of their program. In February, the Fitness Center will give paid members a swipe card so they can use the center 24-7. In March, Snap Fitness will be open free of charge for paid ON THE MOVE members on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m.
“This is a wonderful chance to try out our three exercise centers here in Valley City to see what they have to offer, and whether you like their opportunities,” said Sharon Buhr, chairwoman of Barnes ON THE MOVE which is the program sponsor.
“Another new offering is the Nia class, which is a type of free-form exercise which is easy for anyone to do,” said Buhr. Modern dance, line dance and ballroom dance will also be new. For the people who really want to step up their heart rate, Susan Jorissen will lead a Boot Camp.
In addition there will be returning popular classes offered including Walk Away the Pounds and Hand Weight Routine, which will run Monday through Friday starting in January and running through April 15.
For paid ON THE MOVE members there will be a number of incentive gifts beyond the classes and free exercise center opportunities, such as a T-shirt or socks, a $5 fruits and vegetables coupon, and a skinny latte from Dutton’s Parlour.
Buhr said that the Barnes ON THE MOVE Partnership is only able to offer so many classes and exercise possibilities because of a $5,000 grant from the American Heart Association and a $5,300 grant from the North Dakota Cancer Coalition and the good selection of exercise facilities available in Valley City.
There will be two types of ON THE MOVE memberships offered this year: the no-charge ON THE MOVE GOALS. Participants merely set their own personal exercise goals, and receive monthly newsletters to spark motivation.
A number of businesses have shown their commitment to healthier employees by paying the membership fee for their staff, including Mercy Hospital, Valley City State University, Lafarge, Dietrich Bus Service, and Barnes County. The Open Door Center will be paying half of the membership fee.
ON THE MOVE GOALS PLUS is the paid membership, at $12 for individuals and $35 for families. Participants set their physical activity goals, can attend the exercise centers listed above free at specified times, attend any or all of the ON THE MOVE classes free, and receive the incentive gifts.
To join ON THE MOVE go to http://www.eacdev.com/yphh/  or phone 845-6456.