American Cancer Society – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Description: Help us finish the fight against breast cancer! Form or join a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team, or volunteer for an event in your community. Sign up now to help raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. 5K Team Walk Event.
Cost: There is technically no cost for our Strides or Relay events for participants. However, these are fundraising events for the American Cancer Society. The hope is that participants will raise money and/or make a personal donation to the American Cancer Society.
American Cancer Society – Relay for Life
2115 W 38th St
Erie, PA 16508
Description: Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay for Life movement. It is a Team Walk Event.
City of Erie Parks and Recreation – Midday Dance Break
626 State Street
Erie, PA 16501
Description: Crime Victim Center (CVC) is pairing with dancer Jennifer Dennehy to bring an interactive art series called “Mid-Day DANCE Break” to the downtown community this summer! The sessions will feature a variety of dance forms, including hoop dance, belly dancing and hip hop, and each will have a theme relating to empowerment, such as Beauty from Within, Finding Strength, and Self-Esteem. Pack a picnic lunch or get take-out from one of the great local-owned restaurants around Perry Square. Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on, but be ready to get up and join in if you like because each session will have an opportunity to interact and learn a bit of the dance as well! Thursdays in the summer from 12PM-1PM, Perry Square.
Description: Fitness center designed for women featuring hydraulic resistance machines, 30 minute workout, and a nutritional program that includes a meal plan. Weekly individual motivational coaching and specific classes for target areas are available. West 38th location has 325 members, nationwide there are 1,600 clubs, and there are also worldwide locations.
Downtown YMCA – Les Mills Programs
31 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501
Description: Group exercise classes.
Downtown YMCA – PLAY Basketball League
31 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501
Description: 8 week basketball league for grades 1st-6th where the playoffs are played at Erie Insurance Ice arena.
Elk Creek Recreation
The Elk Creek Recreation and Leisure Board coordinates and facilitates programs for youth and adults who reside in Girard Township and the surrounding area. A wide variety of programs are offered including basketball leagues, soccer leagues, dance, gymnastics, swimming lessons, and swim teams, as well as special events such as Winterfest and National Night Out. Programs may change during the year, so it is best to check the website for any additions or changes.
Gator Swim Team: This program focuses on all levels of swimming, from beginner to advanced. Athletes will be able to foster a foundation for the sport, the importance of technique, as well as a sense of competition. The goal of our program is to provide a fun experience for kids, while keeping them active and involved.
Golf Lessons: Classes are introductory and are tailored to each person’s skill level. Each session has four classes that cover Driving (woods), Irons, Chipping, & Putting.
Little Gridders Cheerleading: Whether a beginner or experienced, this program will offer the opportunity to learn new cheers and develop new skills in the areas of jumps, teamwork, and coordination, while at the same time building self-confidence and encouraging the development of outgoing personality and leadership skills in a positive fun-filled atmosphere.
Soccer Camp: On each camp day, players will cover a specific technical skill. The goal of each topic is to introduce, refine, and master the skill. Skills include: dribbling, turns, receiving, passing, and shooting techniques.
Summer Swim Lessons: Learn to swim.
- 11 years and older: Learn fundamentals of tennis including forehand, backhand, groundstrokes, volleys, and serve. Both singles and doubles strategy.
- 10 years and under: Learn the game in a fun environment, play lots of games, and learn the fundamentals using some USTA quick start tools and equipment.
Yoga: Come learn the basics of a yoga practice. Poses for the body, breathing, and relaxation for the mind. Please bring mat.
Erie County Department of Health – Erie Walks
Description: Physical Activity competition that pits downtown Erie businesses against each other to see who has the highest total average day’s active.
Erie County Department of Health – Let’s Move Outside
Description: Recreation trail program that explores the art, history, and nature of Erie County.
Fairview Township Parks and Recreation
Fairview Township provides programs for its residents. A wide variety of programs are offered including basketball, tennis, swimming, photography, and Qi Gong as well as special events such as Free Movie Night in the Park. Programs may change during the year, so it is best to check the website for any additions or changes.
Glenwood Walking Through Winter
Glenwood United Methodist Church
2931 Myrtle Street
Erie, PA 16508
Description: It runs from the beginning of January to the end of March on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 11:30 am (time may change to 9:30-11:00, call for more information).
People walk at their own pace. We have music, refreshments, and snacks. Nice clean place to exercise and to socialize as wanted when Mother Nature is pounding at the door. No commitment is required. An average of 16 usually participate, but as many as 25 have walked.
Highmark – Running 101
717 State Street
Erie, PA 16501
Description: Running 101 is a free, 10-week physical activity program that provides the tools and support to help beginner runners train and complete their first 5K race. The progressive training approach provides weekly emails and step-by step training to guide participants in building confidence and physical endurance. The program can be completed online. Registration is open from April 1st-September 30th and is available at http://bit.ly/HighmarkRunning101.
Millcreek Township Parks and Recreation
3608 West 26th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16506
Millcreek Township provides programs for its residents. A wide variety of programs are offered including swimming, gymnastics, dance, yoga, arts and crafts, golf, tennis, and physical fitness for adults including tai chi and zumba. Programs may change during the year, so it is best to check the website for any additions or changes.
Adult Aerobics: The following programs are for persons 18 years or older, or anyone aged 14 – 17 who attends class accompanied by a participating adult. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers with good support. Bring a mat, towel, or a small blanket for floor work. You may also want to bring a water bottle and light weights. Kettlebell, Pilates mat work, muscle conditioning, circuit step aerobics, and stability ball workout available.
Intro to Qi Gong: Qi Gong (chee-kung) is an ancient healing art from China. The art consists of very slow and gentle movements. It will restore and increase your energy, reduce anxiety, improve balance, and help you maintain a healthy active lifestyle.
Intro to Tai Chi: Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art. Today it is practiced as an exercise that promotes the flow of “Chi” or energy in the body, leading to good health, good balance, and a positive mental outlook. Advanced class is for students who have learned the 111 postures of the Yang style form.
Jazz and Tap Dancing: Beginner jazz and broadway. Beginner tap available.
Kickboxing: Kickboxing, which combines elements of boxing, martial arts, and aerobics. Provides overall physical conditioning. Reduce stress, increase strength, and build muscle tone. An exercise mat and light weights are recommended.
Self Defense: Teaches the student how to use muscle moving techniques to disbalance an attacker and redirect his aggression. A non-forceful method.
Social Ballroom Dancing: A partner is required for all of these programs except Line Dance. Please wear comfortable clothes and dancing shoes. Beginner American and Latin, Beginner Line Dance, Intermediate Line Dance, Intermediate American and Latin offered.
Water Exercise: Adult water exercise in the McDowell Intermediate pool.
Yoga: A gentle form of yoga for those with limited flexibility using seated and standing poses. Maintain joint mobility and stretch and strengthen the body, using the chair for support. Yoga mat required. A multi-level format for beginners or for experienced students to strengthen their current practice. Posture, breath work, and guided relaxation. Yoga mat/block/strap recommended.
Youth Dance: Dance and ballet classes are held at Asbury Barn for eight weeks. Parents of 3- and 4-year-olds must wait on the first floor of the barn while classes are taking place on the second floor.
Zumba: Combines high energy and motivating Latin music that allows you to dance away your worries, and it’s a great sweat! You DO NOT need a partner for Zumba nor do you need dance experience. Look, feel, live better and join the dance party!
Quantum Balance Erie – Qigong
Description: Qigong is a simple form of moving meditation. These classes are suitable for both the beginner and the advanced student. Qigong is a practice which develops over time. The beginning student may be working strictly on general gentle movement where an advanced student working on the same posture may be focusing on relaxing a targeted muscle group or moving energy in a very specific way. No prior experience necessary and all levels of fitness are easily accommodated.
The WAY to Healthy Living
Corporate or Group Wellness Programs: The WAY to Healthy Living provides dynamic programs that address the many facets that influence our ability to feel well and adopt good habits. Available to corporations and other groups these programs are tailored to be identifiable with and meet the needs of the participants for impact.
R.E.A.L. Wellness: Selina Uglow, LPN, CPT has joined forces with Chef Billy Kuntz, ShopChopCook to educate and inspire individuals to return to their kitchen for good health measures in a dynamic and comprehensive six week program. The program addresses the “why” behind our choices in life and provides simple ways to incorporate small things in daily life that make big changes.
Each week covers a different focus to encourage small and simple changes in daily life for the adoption of a healthier lifestyle overall. Daily coaching helps to individualize this program by providing motivation and opportunity for support where needed in order to see the program to success.
Total Body Fitness for Everyone: Individualized exercise program instructed by Selina Uglow, LPN, CPT within a group setting that allows the opportunity for anyone interested in becoming more active to do it while reducing risk and enjoying themselves. Classes are offered in two locations for convenience.
Without using a lot of additional equipment, the base building exercises can be incorporated into day to day living for maximum benefits. Individuals who have a history of injury or pain receive particular attention from a neuromuscular nurse including modifications to reduce the risk of re-injury or exacerbation. Results can be seen in as little as four classes.
Wellness Coaching: Adopting a healthier lifestyle, weeding through all of the information that is available, figuring out how it fits into your lifestyle, and seeing it through is often extremely difficult for individuals to manage. Selina Uglow, LPN, CPT has come from 248 pounds to successfully maintaining a healthier lifestyle without drastic changes, sacrificing, and crazy exercises. Through her coaching services, she not only shows people how to do the same, she becomes their biggest cheerleader with daily support, weekly exercise, and sharing of various resources in nutrition, cooking, finance, attitude & positive perception, social services, etc so that individuals can succeed in moving towards optimal wellness.
Individuals who are seeking change don’t often follow through because of the various factors that come into play including family, expectations, support, etc. Working with a wellness coach helps adjust attitudes, change commitments and keep people motivated to adopt healthier habits in their real life situation. Coaching Services are based upon the Bread N’ Butter of Wellness; Balance, Rest, Exercise, Attitude & Diet.
UPMC Hamot – Cardiopulmonary Rehab
3330 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16508
Description: Whether you have been diagnosed with heart disease, chronic lung disease, or are recovering from a heart procedure or heart attack, this service will improve the quality of your life through monitored (EKG) exercise, nutrition coaching and education. Cardiopulmonary rehab is covered by health insurance.
UPMC Hamot Center for Healthy Living
3330 Peach Street, Suite 211
Erie, PA 16508
Health Coaching: Would you like to feel better on a daily basis? If you haven’t been able to improve your lifestyle and health by yourself, then perhaps it’s time to get a health coach. Common reasons for seeking health coaching include menopause management, nutrition guidance and advice on vitamins. This service is not covered by health insurance.
Medical Nutrition Therapy: Many people struggle with eating a balanced diet. This service provides children and adults with one-on-one outpatient appointments with a Registered Dietitian. From high cholesterol to digestive disorders to obesity, the goal is to manage a variety of medical conditions through proper nutrition. Medical Nutrition Therapy is reimbursed by health insurance. We will co-ordinate the referral with your doctor’s office and verify coverage with your insurance company.
Worksite Wellness and Executive Therapy: The goal of this service is to improve the health profile of area businesses. This is achieved by on-site health screenings, wellness programs, health coaching and executive physicals.
Yoga, Wellness Programs, and Health Screenings: From yoga to nutrition classes to health screenings, these programs are designed to help you take better care of yourself and to detect medical issues early.
YMCA of Greater Erie
31 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501