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Saturday is Family Fitness Day at Westchester’s Ridge Hill April 26, 12 - 3 pm

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Saturday is Family Fitness Day at Westchester’s Ridge Hill

April 26, 12 - 3 pm

Prizes for Participation in Events Like “Walk-A-Mile at Ridge Hill;” Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano to Welcome Public School Students; House of Sports and Westchester Gymnastics Join Ridge Hill Merchants in Festivities

Yonkers, NY—Tuesday, April 22, 2014—Westchester’s Ridge Hill will celebrate Spring on Saturday, April 26 with an afternoon of fun activities and workshops dedicated to fitness and nutrition.  Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will be on hand to greet local public school students to launch the event and the first 300 people to register and complete the “Walk-A-Mile” program will receive a complimentary prize. 

From kids’ yoga to agility training to cheerleading, gymnastics and kayaking demonstrations, Family Fitness Day promises to enlighten and invigorate one and all.

Local leader in high-level sports training and competition, House of Sports, will conduct agility training sessions and introduce their new “Athletic Republic” training system, designed to create a broad-based athleticism beyond the specifics of any one sport.

“Today’s athletes require more than mechanics to succeed, and Athletic Republic systems incorporate speed, strength and agility to make you a better athlete,” said Frank Lombardy of House of Sports.  “We’re excited to be able to showcase these systems at Ridge Hill on Family Fitness Day.”

“Ridge Hill’s Family Fitness Day is a great way to usher in the new spring season in Yonkers,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “I applaud our friends at Ridge Hill for coordinating the day of events which will engage visitors in the variety of fun and educational activities while getting our families moving and living healthier lifestyles.”

The “Walk-A-Mile” program will begin at Town Square where people can register, receive a participant card, and then take that card to be stamped at various locations throughout Ridge Hill.  Once the stamp card is filled and returned to the starting point in Town Square, the participant will have walked a mile.  The first 300 people to finish the “Walk-A-Mile” program and submit their completed card will receive a free reusable water bottle.

As people walk through the center, many of the Ridge Hill merchants will also be offering special promotions such as The Art of ShavingThe Limited, Old Navy, Republic of Couture, and White House | Black Market.

Local favorite Westchester Gymnastics will demonstrate cheerleading and gymnastics programs. There will be a wide variety of programs for all family members offered by Ridge Hill merchants, including kids’ yoga instruction sponsored by Satva Organic Clothing, complimentary fitness assessments by LA Fitness, kayaking presentations by L.L. Bean, stationary bike demonstrations by REI, fitness training by Dick’s Sporting Goods, fly fishing lessons by Orvis, sports massages from Oasis Day Spa, and waterproof make-up demonstrations by Sephora

Whole Foods Market® Yonkers will provide fresh popped popcorn and refreshments, Frannie’s Goodie Shop and Smoothie King will offer samples of frozen yogurt and smoothies.  WESTMED nutritionist will offer healthy living tips, and the Yonkers Police Department will be on hand offering DNA test kits and Public Safety tips.

Westchester and the Hudson Valley's Music and Information Station WHUD 100.7 will be on hand to provide musical entertainment. 

“Ridge Hill is a destination for engaging in a wide range of family experiences from shopping and entertainment to dining.  We are an outdoor center, so promoting physical activities comes naturally to us—and we’re all ready for Spring!” said Kathryn Welch, Executive Vice President, Retail Development, Forest City Ratner Companies, the owner and developer of Ridge Hill. “Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast interested in demonstrations from L.L. Bean, REI, or Dick’s Sporting Goods, or need waterproof make-up tips from Sephora, or want to introduce your children to yoga, cheerleading, agility training or gymnastics, Family Fitness Day offers something for the entire family.”

Ridge Hill is proud to be a part of such a strong and vibrant community, and recognizes the importance of increased physical activity to community health. By bringing together the Ridge Hill family of retailers, and the regional leaders in fitness, this is truly a day designed for the whole community.  Local elected officials are touting the day as beneficial to families in the region.

Yonkers City Council President Liam J. McLaughlin said, “Eating right and exercising helps people young and old prevent issues from childhood obesity to diabetes. Family Fitness Day at Westchester’s Ridge Hill will showcase how an active, healthy lifestyle can be a year-round activity—and bring families together.”

All activities will be conducted in a series of workshops in tents in Town Square between Brio Tuscan Grille and The Cheesecake Factory on Second Street.  Short, ongoing sessions will run from noon to 3:00 pm.

Ridge Hill Family Fitness Day Activities:

Agility Training by House of Sports

Cheerleading and Gymnastics by Westchester Gymnastics

Complimentary Fitness Assessments by LA Fitness

Kids’ Yoga Instruction Sponsored by Satva Organic Clothing

Complimentary Sports Massages from Oasis Day Spa

Kayaking Presentations by L.L. Bean

Stationary Bike Demonstrations and Prizes by REI

Fly Fishing Lessons by Orvis

Fitness Training by Dick’s Sporting Goods

Waterproof Make-up Demonstrations by Sephora

Fresh Popped Popcorn and Refreshments from Whole Foods Market® Yonkers

Frozen Yogurt Samples from Frannie’s Goodie Shop

Smoothie Samples by Smoothie King

Healthy Living Tips from WESTMED Nutritionist

Registration for JDRF’s ‘A Mild Sprain’ Trail Race

DNA Testing Kits and Safety Talks by Yonkers Police Department

Music and Giveaways by WHUD Radio

For more information about Family Fitness Day and Westchester’s Ridge Hill, visit

About Westchester’s Ridge Hill:

Ridge Hill is a regional destination for the very best shopping, dining and entertainment Westchester has to offer. Patterned after a classic downtown, it features a central Town Square and children’s play area. Shopping, dining and entertainment options at Ridge Hill include: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux (a 12-screen movie theater featuring a restaurant, bar and children’s playroom), REI and Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Lord & Taylor, as well as popular retailers like Apple, Anthony Vince Nail Spa, The Art of Shaving, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Bonefish Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille, Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop, Charming Charlie, The Cheesecake Factory, Clarks, Desigual, Express, Elevation Burger, Francesca's Collections, Frannie’s Goodie Shop, Gap, GapKids, Guitar Center, Haagen-Dazs, Havana Central, H&M, LA Fitness, Lefteris Gyro, The Limited, L.L. Bean, Little Buddha,  Old Navy, Orvis, Pandora, Republic of Couture, Sephora, Sleep Number, Smoothie King, Subway, Sur La Table, Teavana, Texas de Brazil, T•J•Maxx, UNIQLO, Vera Bradley, Verizon Go Wireless, Victoria's Secret, The Walking Company, White House│Black Market, Whole Foods Market, and Yard House.

Located at Exit 6A off the New York State Thruway and at the Tuckahoe Road West Exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway, Ridge Hill is easily accessible to all Westchester, Putnam and NYC Metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Westchester’s Ridge Hill features 160,000 square feet of office space—approximately 110,000 square feet of which is occupied by WESTMED Medical Group offices and urgent care center.

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About Westchester Gymnastics

Westchester Gymnastics is the longest establish gymnastics training center in Westchester County, New York.  Our great, long running facility is conveniently located in Hawthorne, New York just off 9A.  Our number one goal has been and always will be promoting the well-being of those involved in our programs.  Our wide range of programs from competitive team to parent and tot classes to cheerleading to recreational classes to special needs exemplify our well established, blossoming program that continues to grow each year.   At Westchester Gymnastics we aim to build character, self-confidence, endurance and strength.  No matter what age or skill level a student enters our program, they will take away an unforgettable life lesson gaining skills that build character, self-confidence, coordination, endurance, flexibility and strength, all which aid in achieving a balanced well-being.  Furthermore, these are skills which our students can use to reach their fullest potential in all endeavors they wish to pursue.  Most importantly all these life lessons are learned in a fun and caring environment under the watchful eye of USAG Safety Certified Instructors with years of experience. Westchester Gymnastics, 5 Skyline Drive, Hawthorne, NY 10532,

About House of Sports

The House of Sports is an Olympic style athletic training facility located in the Southern Westchester town of Ardsley, NY. This 120,000 sq. ft., indoor sports complex is the largest in the New York metropolitan area and is home to the region’s leading Basketball, Lacrosse and Baseball Academies where over 2000 athletes train on a weekly basis. By combining state-of-the-art facilities with world-class coaching, the House of Sports has quickly become the epicenter of high level sports training and competition in the region!  It contains: an 80 yard true grass turf field, regulation floating basketball courts; dedicated shooting lab, 6000 sq. ft. baseball training center, adult fitness center with 6 studios, birthday party rooms, 60 seat restaurant/café.  House of Sports, 1 Elm Street, Ardsley, NY 10502,