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Anaheim shapes up at Kaiser’s Get Fit Festival

Thousands turn out to “Find Your Thing” at the Get Fit Festival at Angels Stadium on Sunday

by Kara VaporeanPublished: September 18, 2012 09:45 AM

Kaiser Permanente celebrated its first annual Get Fit Festival at Angels Stadium this past Sunday, encouraging attendees to “Find Your Thing” by participating in various activities towards a healthier lifestyle.

Almost 8,000 attendees enjoyed the free event by participating in the 5K Fun Run, Bike Tour, 50-Mile Relay and Fitness Festival, which included group classes like yoga from Core Power Studio and 24 Hour Fitness classes like Zumba, cycling, barre and many other healthy activities for the whole family.

“The festival was born out of the idea that people want to try things like yoga, Pilates, or cycling, but may not know how to take the first step or are uncomfortable trying something new,” said Edward M. Ellison, M.D., executive director for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “Unlike events that are designed only for athletes, The Get Fit Festival is designed for everyone. No matter your age or fitness level, you can 'Find Your Thing' in a fun and friendly environment.”

The weekend event included celebrity guests and health experts Adam Ernster, Jennifer Cohen, Joe Rivera, Cesar Romero, Gunnar Peterson, Dancing With The Stars couple Louis Van Amstel and Sabrina Bryan along with the LA Kings Ice Crew, the promotional team for this year’s Stanley Cup Champions.

Starting bright and early at 7 a.m., the 30-mile Bike Tour began at Angels Stadium with riders making their way to Huntington Beach and back. Shortly after, the 5K Fun Run/walk took off at 7:30 a.m. for family and friends of all ages and levels as they made their way around Angels Stadium and through the streets of Anaheim. All participants ended at the “BIG A” and each received a t-shirt and Angels ticket.

More than 80 teams of six participated in the Kaiser Get Fit Festival 50-Mile Relay, which began at the Irvine Medical Center. Athletes of all skill levels ventured through the neighborhoods of Orange County as each participant covered three to five miles, varying in difficulty, passing through Woodbridge in Irvine, trekking through Anaheim Hills to Yorba Linda, along the Santa Ana River Trail, through the tolls at Angel Stadium and Finishing at the “BIG A.”  

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving the health and well-being of our members and the communities we serve,” said Dr. Benjamin K. Chu, group president for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “The Get Fit Festival gives us the opportunity to do just that.”

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