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Happy New U invites Columbia residents to start new year with workouts

Thursday, December 27, 2012 | 5:37 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Columbia residents who want to kick off the new year working out can participate in Happy New U, a free fitness event hosted by the Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health.

The fifth annual "Happy New U" will run from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St.

If you go

What: Happy New U, a free fitness event

When: 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday

Where: Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St.

Cost: free to participate in all activities

A full schedule of the event is available on www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/ARC/documents/HNU2013Schedule.pdf. 



Happy New U will feature workouts, classes and demonstrations of activities such as Tai Chi, yoga, Zumba, body combat, spinning and CrossFit, according to the city's news release. Children age 6 and older can join in many of the activities.

Fitness experts from the ARC and other organizations will conduct classes and demonstrations, and professional dieticians from Hy-Vee will give healthy-eating tips and meal ideas. Also scheduled are educational sessions on stress management and information about nutritional supplements.

Brian Higginbotham, supervisor of operations at the ARC, said 200 people participated in the event at the start of 2012. He said he expects at least that many this time, too.

In previous years, Tai Chi and Zumba were the most popular activities, Higginbotham said. This year, he thinks that nod will go to body combat.

Attendees can enter to win free registration for a 5K run/walk on March 2, which is part of the True/False Film Festival. Also, everyone who attends Happy New U will receive a gift.

"We would like to see people jump into as many classes as possible in the two-hour time frame, and maybe they can take away a new passion or love for a certain genre," Higginbotham said.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.


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