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Feb 3, 2014

The Get Moving Belize Fitness Program

The Belize City Council will be teaming up with the Body 2000 Fitness Club and the Belize Diabetes Association to get citizens in shape. It’s an initiative which gets underway on Tuesday and makes use of facilities in different parts of the city. This morning, the council launched the Get Moving Belize program at the Battlefield Park and News Five was there.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“We thought about a way that we could enhance usage of the public spaces so that Battlefield Park, B.T.L. Park, Memorial Park and Maude Williams Basketball Court will be used in the mornings at five-thirty on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we are going to have aerobics in these places, we are going to have zumba classes. We’re gonna be doing a weigh-in so that people can actually monitor their progress. We are going to be working with the Diabetes Association to provide continuous diabetes and pressure and sugar testing so that we are actually traces individuals and making improvements. We are talking about building a better city. And building a better city is building better citizens and building positive values and building a sense of wellness and welfare. So we are really thankful that Body 2000 and the Belize Diabetes Association are partnering with us and we think the program is a huge success. So I just wanna encourage everyone to come out in the mornings; we are going to have music, we are going to have a lot of trainers out there. It is a very organized program and we are going to be moving for health and welfare.”

 

Darrell Bradley

Reporter

“Is there a cost, a sign up?”

 

Darrell Bradley

“Well we wanna have a registration process so that people can be registered. They’ve been doing this for the last two weeks; we’ve had interests from members of the business community, schools wanna come out. It is a five dollars registration cost and it is a twenty dollar monthly fee. It’s heavily subsidized by this city but we want people to at least pay to show ownership. We don’t want people to sign up and not come to the program.”

 

Reporter

“Can you speak to us about the importance of such an initiative in these neighborhoods?”

 

Darrell Bradley

“Well I think it is very critical because when we talk about the Maud Williams High School it is something that is…we need the community to get out and get moving. Obesity is a problem in Belize, diabetes is a problem in Belize and we could do a lot to get ourselves in better physical shape. I know that personally I could do a lot and it would de-stress us, it would help us to engage better with members of the public and members of the community and it is just a positive community activity.”

 

The Get Moving Belize program will run in three month cycles, but it is intended to be a long term initiative.

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