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Boston Launches Free Summer Fitness Program

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and the city's Public Health Commission are launching a series of free summer fitness programs, as part of the Boston Moves for Health initiative.

Menino kicked off the programs at City Hall Plaza on Monday morning.

After the announcement guests stuck around for free introductory boot camp and yoga classes led by instructors from Beantown Bootcamp and Health Yoga Life.

The fitness programs will be offered during the summer at City Hall plaza and are free and open to the public.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports


Menino launched the Boston Moves for Health campaign in April, with the goal of reducing obesity in the city. The mayor has challenged Boston residents to lose a collective 1 million pounds and to move 10 million miles over the next year.

Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer hopes Boston can be a trendsetter in health and fitness.

"We are in fact going to do what no other city has done, which is reduce the obesity rate by coming together to both be more physically active and eat better foods," she said.

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