A Series of Free Fitness Classes for City Residents

In an effort to get city residents moving in the summer months, Mayor Byron W. Brown recently announced the launch of Summer City Fitness in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. Summer City Fitness aims to engage city residents in healthy activity by providing access to free fitness classes at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Perkins Park

The free fitness series features a mix of low- and high-impact classes, such as Zumba®, Pound, Pilates, and Aerobics.  Classes, taught by popular instructors from the city’s community, will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Perkins Park from now through September 3. 

Classes are open to individuals of all ages, regardless of fitness level and experience. No pre-registration is required, individuals simply show up and jump in. In addition, free fruits and water will be provided to participants by Urban Fruits and Veggies.All classes are weather dependent. More information and a full calendar of fitness classes can be found at 

A Few Health Benefits From Lemons

The most beneficial way to use lemons, might be to just drink the juice as part of a tonic, which can be modified depending on the specific health issue you’re trying to solve.A tonic of lemon and water is a great way to start the day. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a glass of water and drink it down. The health benefits of lemon water first thing in the morning include:

•A stronger immune system

•Improved enzyme function, which helps flush out harmful toxins

•Reduced food cravings due to the presence of pectin fiber

•More energy 

•Improved digestion

•Increased iron absorption

Lemon water also has anti-inflammatory properties.