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Next 'Daddy Daughter Date Night' slated Monday, Feb. 17

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

The parks and recreation department will hold another "Daddy Daughter Date Night" event Monday, Feb. 17, at the DeWitt Community Center.

Those who wish to participate must turn in their registration forms no later than 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, to the fitness center located at 900 14th St.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and will include salad, pizza, wings and dessert pizza from Hall of Fame Pizza and Wings.

Following the dinner will be a family movie at the Operahouse Theatre. One small pop and popcorn will be provided to each person. The movie will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Children must be at least 5 years of age. A minimum of 40 couples and a maximum of 200 individuals may participate.

Anyone with questions may call 563-659-5127 or visit the website at .

The 2014 "Get Fit DeWitt" contest, part of the Living Healthy Iowa 10-week wellness challenge, officially is underway and parks and recreation director Kevin Lake says while participants continue to roll in, at last count there were 45 teams and 295 total participants.

"We're very excited about that," Lake relates. "Those are really good numbers for us."

One very substantial change and significant motivator for people to participate in this year's event is the possibility of winning a trip to Hawaii.

Lake says anyone is eligible, so long as he or she actively participates in Get Fit DeWitt by logging in once a week with his or her current weight and/or activity minutes.

The trip will be for two people (airfare will be covered for one) who will get to spend four nights in Oahu and three nights in Hawaii.

The winner's name will randomly be drawn at the end of the challenge.

Lake says they also are asking local businesses to donate items to be given away as prizes for weekly drawings.

"We will take anything in any quantity," he explains. "Whatever the items are certainly can have the business's name on them. We just like to have things we can give away each week as incentives for our participants."

'INSANITY' booming at fitness center

The "INSANITY"® workout class at the fitness center has become extremely popular, Lake notes.

So much so, that the fitness center is expanding the number of classes it provides to meet the demands.

Now, the class will be available four nights a week, Monday-Thursday with two classes each night, and Saturdays and Sundays as well.

INSANITY is a high-intensity workout for which participants exercise vigorously for 3-5 minute intervals (for a total of 30 minutes), then stop long enough to catch their breath and get back to work. The process is called "Max Interval Training" and keeps bodies working at maximum capacity through the entire workout.

Lake is pleased INSANITY, as well as other classes new to the fitness center, are becoming so popular with members.

Youth basketball league being developed

The parks and recreation department is in the process of developing a youth basketball league, which officially would start in January 2015.

Lake says while planning still is in the very early stages, the league would be open to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade boys and girls who reside in any of the school districts within The Observer's coverage area, including Calamus-Wheatland, Central and Northeast.

Lake notes students in these grades were selected for the league, as they are the most appropriate age to play on a court with 10-foot buckets.

"It's the only option for the gyms they'll be playing in," he explains. "Younger kids need to have the baskets lowered and that wouldn't be able to happen."

Stay tuned to The Observer as more details become available.

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