Independent Health and YMCA Buffalo Niagara are teaming up for the 7th consecutive year to offer Fitness in the Parks, free outdoor community exercise classes throughout Western New York. The outdoor classes begin tomorrow, May 31 and run until August 25.

“Independent Health is excited to partner with YMCA Buffalo Niagara again this summer to offer Fitness in the Parks. It’s a great way to get outside and get in a workout,” said Frank Sava, spokesperson for Independent Health. “Independent Health is committed to the health and wellness of Western New Yorkers. By offering Fitness in the Parks, we’re aiming to make a healthy lifestyle more accessible to the public by bringing exercise classes to the communities in which people live and work.”

The free outdoor fitness classes include boot camp, cardio dance, cardio kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, PiYo, Zumba®, two new kids fitness classes, and more. Each class is 60 minutes and is taught by YMCA-certified instructors. In all, nearly 500 classes will take place at 23 parks and locations throughout Western New York this summer.

Due to the popularity of Fitness in the Parks and to continue to meet the needs of the community, Independent Health added five new locations for 2018; DeVeaux Woods State Park in Niagara Falls, YMCA Eggert Road Program Center in Orchard Park, Losson Park in Cheektowaga, Town of Carroll Park in Jamestown, and the William-Emslie Family YMCA in Buffalo.

Classes will again be held in Amherst, Buffalo, Clarence, Jamestown, Lancaster, Lockport, Olcott, Orchard Park and Tonawanda. Also returning will be the very popular class at New Era Field every Monday at 6 p.m. beginning June 4. There is no advanced sign up required to participate in any of the classes. People can simply show up to the location of their choice at the day and time listed on the class schedule.

For a complete list of Fitness in the Parks locations, times and dates for giveaways visit

Fitness in the Parks
Fitness in the Parks is one way Independent Health is reminding everyone to run, walk, bike and eat healthy this summer. In addition to partnering with the YMCA on Fitness in the Parks, Independent Health provides a number of other community programs and initiatives including Reddy Bikeshare, the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge, Healthy Options® at Larkin Square’s Food Truck Tuesdays, GObike Buffalo and Slow Roll Buffalo, as well as healthy outdoor activities at Outer Harbor Buffalo and Buffalo RiverWorks. For more details and a full list of activities visit

About Independent Health:
Independent Health, a not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Buffalo, New York, serves nearly 380,000 members and provides innovative health care products and benefits designed to engage consumers in their health and well-being. Established in 1980, our comprehensive portfolio of progressive products include HMO, POS, PPO and EPO products, Medicare and Medicaid plans, traditional indemnity insurance, individual and small group Exchange products, consumer-directed plans and health savings accounts, plus coverage for self-funded employers. Our subsidiaries and affiliate companies include pharmacy benefit management, specialty pharmacy and the Independent Health Foundation.

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