Myrtle Beach’s ‘Choose’ fitness programs kick off with health fair on Saturday

mprabhu@thesunnews.comDecember 31, 2013 

With the arrival of a new year, many people look to shed the weight they may have packed on during the holidays.

One option in Myrtle Beach is the city’s Choose Health and Fitness programs, which is in its ninth year. The programs kick off Saturday with a Health and Fitness Fair being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center.

Registration began in the fall, but slots still are available in each of the four programs, said Samantha Collins, recreation leader at the center.

“They can sign up at the health fair [on Saturday] and we’ll continue to take registrations after it begins on Monday,” Collins said.

Choose to Lose is a weight-loss competition for those who would strictly like to lose weight. Choose to Move is for those with a goal of getting active and having fun while exercising. Choose to Train is more advanced, for participants who want to take their fitness goals to the next level with boot camp-style workouts.

Back for the second year are the swimming and children’s programs. Choose to Swim allows participants to incorporate swimming into their 11-week fitness program. Fit Kidz features after-school workouts for children where they will participate and be tested in Presidential Fitness Test activities such as the shuttle run and the V-sit reach, as well as active games.

Adult center members can register for $40. For non-members the cost is $75 for city residents and $125 for those who don’t live in Myrtle Beach.

The cost for Fit Kidz is $30 for city residents and $55 for non-residents.

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