Working Up a Sweat
Free Fitness Equipment Station at Fairwood Park is One of Six at City Parks
Columbus residents now have another opportunity to sneak in a workout during their busy days, especially if they have kids in tow.
On Monday, July, 11, 2016, 10:00am, at Fairwood Park, 1372 Fairwood Ave., Council President Pro Tem Priscilla R. Tyson, Columbus Public Health, Recreation and Parks and neighborhood residents will demonstrate their fitness moves on the equipment.
“Physical activity has always been and will always be essential to a healthy lifestyle,” said Tyson. “I am excited about supporting the construction of these outdoor fitness stations which will allow families an opportunity to improve their health.”
The Fairwood Park Fitness Station is the newest of six free exercise stations at Columbus Recreation and Parks facilities. Three of the fitness stations were built through a partnership with Columbus Public Health and Columbus Recreation and Parks with funding appropriated by President Pro Tem Tyson.
Fitness Stations are clusters of outdoor fitness equipment in City of Columbus Parks that are free to use year-round for anyone over the age of 12 when the park is open. The weather-proof equipment is easy to use and includes instructional signs.
They are designed for all abilities and are wheelchair accessible. The stations are thoughtfully located near a playground so parents can work out while they and watch their children play.
Promoting physical activity is a public health priority to address obesity and related chronic health conditions. Free outdoor fitness equipment in public parks gives residents healthier options by making workouts affordable and closer to home.
“With the increase of obesity in our nation, state and community, it is critical we provide residents innovative and easy options to stay active and fit,” said Dr. Teresa C. Long, Columbus Public Health Commissioner. “These stations are another way neighbors can enjoy the outdoors and improve their health.”
Fitness stations have been shown to attract more people to parks, encourage park users to get more physical activity and exercise more often. Research also has shown that people prefer exercising outdoors.
For more information, visit Columbus Public Health at www.publichealth.columbus.gov or on Facebook/Twitter.