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Greensburg Y family fitness series includes in-person, virtual classes

Jan. 2—A family-oriented health and fitness program is returning to the Greensburg YMCA this month, with a new twist.

Half of the program's 12 classes will be conducted virtually, allowing more people to participate.

The six-week Fit Family and Friends program begins Jan. 17 with "Spin to Win," an in-person cycling-based class at the Y with instructor Debby King.

It will be followed Jan. 19 with the virtual "Get in the Habit," featuring tips from Brenda Willett on improving everyday wellness.

"We had a (fitness) program last spring, and we wanted to try to build off of that," said Scott Brown, sports and wellness director at the Greensburg Y. "This is a time when people are making an effort to get fit and healthy and trying to fulfill their New Year's resolutions.

"With the weather in January, we're including things everyone can do without leaving the house."

Brown said in-person classes at the Y generally have a maximum attendance of about 40 people, but there will be no limit on the number of participants in the virtual sessions.

All classes will be held from 6 to 6:50 p.m., with in-person

sessions scheduled for Tuesdays and virtual presentations

Thursdays.

Nutritionist Talia Follador, whose father is a local Y member, will lead two virtual sessions. Her Feb. 2 discussion of "Nutrition and You" will include advice on using the information on food labels.

During "Dinner is Served," on Feb. 16, she'll guide home cooks as they prepare a healthy meal.

Follador will send participants in advance the meal recipes and list of ingredients, which they'll be responsible for obtaining.

"There will be a class about nutrition, and then you can put it into practice by cooking something that's very easy that you

can enjoy right there with your family," Brown said.

Brown also will lead two classes. The in-person "Catch the Wave," on Feb. 7, will provide participants the opportunity to try a game of pickleball, a sport that is growing in popularity.

"Pickleball is something the whole family can do together," said Brown. "I'd love to see more families playing it."

Brown also will lead a virtual Feb. 9 presentation on the "Opioid Crisis," including "a frank discussion about what kids have to navigate today."

A former sports reporter for the Tribune-Review, ESPN and the Philadelphia Inquirer, Brown has written and self-published "Hope and Heartbreak: Beyond the Numbers of the Opioid Epidemic," relating stories of those who have been affected in some way by the proliferation of the addictive drugs. Class participants will receive a free copy of the 2019 book.

Opioid addiction, Brown learned, "can happen to anyone. That's why I think it's so vitally important to talk about it. It's a discussion all parents are going to have to have with their children. That's what the landscape is now."

Other class topics include:

—Jan. 24, "All Wet": Get in the Y pool with aquatics director Kris Peters

—Jan. 26, "Home Remedy": Certified personal trainer Jessica Gardner will demonstrate bodyweight workouts

—Jan. 31, "Get Pumped Up": Les Mills Body Pump instructor Karen Wahl will lead a mixture of weight training and aerobic activity

—Feb. 14, "Lift and Learn": Gardner will demonstrate the proper use of weights

—Feb. 22, "Feed Your Soul": Willett will lead a restorative yoga session for all levels of experience

—Feb. 24, "Build the Foundation": Gardner will review exercise basics

The program is priced for families of up to two adults and two children. A family can sign up for all 12 classes at a cost of $110 for Y members and $170 for nonmembers.

Classes also are available individually, at $10 per member family, $15 for nonmembers. There is an extra charge of $10 for each additional youth.

For more information or to register, visit greensburgymca.org or contact Brown at s.brown@gbgymca.org or 724-834-0150, ext. 113.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff by email at jhimler@triblive.com or via Twitter .