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FREE Opportunity for Flint Residents to Splash Their Way to Better Health this Summer

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Popular water aerobics program debuts June 30 at UM - Flint Recreation Center

FLINT – June 16, 2009 – If you're looking for a fun way to stay in shape, or if you have trouble exercising on land, why not give water aerobics a try this summer, courtesy of Health Alliance Plan (HAP).

Beginning June 30, Flint area seniors can attend free "Senior Splash Bash" water aerobics classes twice a week, for nine weeks. Classes will be held at University of Michigan - Flint Recreation Center, located at 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint 48502, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. through August 27.

HAP – a nonprofit health plan with offices in Flint, Detroit and Southfield – originally launched its nationally recognized water aerobics program in Detroit in 2005, in partnership with community recreation departments. Since then, HAP has offered the program at 18 sites across southeast Michigan, reaching an average of 2,640 adults each year. This summer marks the first year for classes in Flint.

The Senior Splash Bash program addresses many of the unique barriers (e.g., cost, safety, convenience) that keep seniors and mothers from living a healthy, active lifestyle. Water aerobics offers a low-impact, calorie burning workout that can be ideal for anyone – even people with arthritis or other chronic conditions – because the buoyancy of the water reduces stress on joints, bones and muscles.

Published studies have also attributed improvements in depression, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength, total cholesterol and kidney health to participation in water aerobics.

The program most recently received national attention from America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), earning an honorable mention in AHIP's 2009 Community Leadership Award program.

Call (810) 762-3441 for registration details or inquire in-person at UM - Flint Recreation Center. For a full list of class locations, visit www.hap.org/healthy_living/water_aerobics.php.

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