Ilaro Court (C. Pitt/BGIS)??

Ilaro Court will be a hive of activity this Saturday, March 13, as the National Task Force on Physical Activity and Exercise, stages its inaugural Get Moving Barbados Programme.

The free event, which will run from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., is designed to have persons of all ages "Get up; Get Active and Get Healthy." It will include a number of activities, all led by qualified fitness professionals.??

According to Task Force member and personal trainer, Kenneth Griffith, a number of fun events are planned for persons to try. "Exercise and fitness should be fun, so that people will do it on a regular basis. We are going to have the traditional forms – group exercise, aerobics and step and we’re going to have a gym set up with spin bikes and free weights… Then we are also going to have …hopscotch and chinese skip.?? Those games that we all played in our childhood, that are seemingly forgotten," Mr. Griffith said.

Coordinators have also planned line, Latin and ballroom dancing, sprints, a hike, paddle ball, road tennis, martial arts, a boot camp and an obstacle course. There will also be Body Mass Index and body fat level testing and nutritional counseling. Composer and singer of the ???Get Moving’ jingle, Edwin Yearwood, will also make a special appearance.

Parking for the event will be available at the western car park of the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre and patrons must also use the gate at this location to gain entry.

The National Taskforce on Physical Activity and Exercise is chaired by wife of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Mara Thompson.

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