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Parks and Recreation

Coming on the heels of recognition earlier this year by the National League of Cities (NLC) for completing key health goals for the Let’s Move! initiative, the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, has taken home all five gold medals awarded by the program, which is designed to reduce the incidence of obesity in American children.

The program’s overarching goal is to encourage Americans to transition to a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercising, especially where children are concerned. To that end, the Let’s Move initiative provides a platform of five goals or guidelines for community leaders to pursue in helping constituents raise healthy, active children. The City of O’Fallon has been awarded a gold medal for meeting each of the goals, which are:

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Designed for high school and college students who’d like to get or stay in shape over summer, Summer Break Memberships give students daily access to the Renaud Spirit Center without the need for a full year’s membership.

 At a cost of $114 for residents or $127 for non-residents for any consecutive three-month period between now and August 31, 2015, students can go swimming in the indoor aquatic complex, use the gym, walk or jog on the 1.10-mile indoor track, get a great workout on the cardiovascular machines and build strength and flexibility with a choice of 33 weight machines, free weights and a stretching area. The 43 cardiovascular machines offer Broadcast Vision with five TV channels and six music stations. Additional perks include a complimentary Fitness Center equipment orientation, free towel service, free use of a lock and access to locker rooms For an extra fee, personal trainers and fitness classes are available.

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The public is invited to view the O’Fallon Photo Club’s 2015 exhibit in the O’Fallon Cultural Arts Gallery at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. The exhibit will continue through February 20.

The exhibit showcases recent work, including landscapes, portraits and innovative photography by the club’s membership, which includes professional and non-professional photographers. (For examples of members’ work, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/302304209788812/.)

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Improve your fitness level and learn the art of self-defense, too, with O’Fallon’s marital arts program. Based on Chung Do Kwan, the traditional Korean form of Tae Kwon Do, the style incorporates self-discipline and explosive movements for devastating power.

Sessions will start the first full week in January at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon 63368. Except for the Open House, which is free, the cost for each six-week course is $48 for O’Fallon residents and $54 for non-residents. Take your pick of courses meeting on Monday evenings, Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings. To register, visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com/martial-arts.

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If your kids would like to chat one-on-one with Santa, sign them up for “Breakfast with Santa,” which will be held from 9 –10:30 a.m., or “Pizza with Santa,” from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Both programs will be held on Saturday, December 13, at O’Fallon’s Civic Annex (off Sonderen near the O’Fallon Municipal Centre), 410 East Elm Street 63366. The events include playing games and making crafts. Remember to bring a camera to catch those priceless holiday moments!

Be sure to register for either program by Friday, December 5; there's no registration at the gate. All family members (including adults) who wish to eat must register. The cost is $10 for O’Fallon residents and $12 for non-residents.

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