BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Summer is a great time to focus on health and wellness. To help, Bend Park and Recreation District is launching new programs and bringing back an old favorite.

The district’s annual Summer Kickoff Free Fitness event runs June 13-19 and features more than 35 free fitness classes at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center and Larkspur Community Center.

The wide selection of classes allows guests to experience a bit of everything both fitness facilities have to offer. Classes are scheduled daily from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and include:

  • Zumba
  • Introduction to TRX/TRX circuit
  • Vinyasa-Yoga
  • Deep or shallow water workouts
  • Stretching and flexibility
  • Bootcamp Conditioning
  • Senior Fitness Club
  • Intermediate Line Dance

Health and Wellness Fair “For Health”

On Tuesday, June 14, the BPRD health and wellness fair “Pour la santé” returns after a two-year hiatus. More than 50 health and wellbeing providers will gather outside at the Larkspur Community Center from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for the free event.

The afternoon will be filled with information sharing, free health screenings, giveaways, and a free lunch from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. provided by PacificSource Health Plans.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters will also be available inside the facility while a Farmer’s Market with a variety of local produce will be offered on the lawn.

“I am thrilled this year as we are offering a new small farmers market, as well as an amazing list of community health partners and resources for people of all ages,” said Brenda Chilcott, Larkspur Community Center Manager. “Participants can expect to learn more about improving their health and services specific to the elderly, as well as buying something from participating market vendors.”

Cool fitness area

Bend Park and Recreation is taking fitness classes outdoors for the summer! The new Fresh Aire Fitness program incorporates nature into a workout, enhancing well-being through exercise, fresh air and camaraderie.

“Boot Camp in the Park” will be offered at Riverbend Park. The program is designed to increase strength and cardiovascular fitness.

  • Tuesday/Thursday, 9am-9.50am
  • June 7 – August 25
  • Riverbend Park Picnic Shelter, 799 SW Columbia St.
  • Instructor: Jess Coughlin
  • Registration fee or BPRD Fitness & Swim pass; no registration necessary.
  • Bring a yoga mat/foam pillow, water bottle and sunscreen and/or a hat.

On summer Saturday mornings, Bendites are invited to wake up to the Morning Flow Yoga class on the Pavilion lawn. While enjoying the outdoor lawn, participants will engage in a yoga practice focused on stretching and strengthening.

  • Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • June 25 – August 27
  • On the lawn of the Pavilion, 1001 SW Bradbury Way
  • Instructors: Lynda Beauchamp and Abby Rauber
  • Registration fee or BPRD Fitness & Swim pass; no registration necessary.
  • Bring a mat and a bottle of water.

For more information, visit bendparksandrec.org.