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Health briefs: Fitness in the Parks in New Richmond; Camp Avanti receives therapeutic riding grant

Camp Avanti receives therapeutic riding grant

Camp Avanti announced a $500 grant received from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to be used used for a therapeutic riding program.

"We feel especially aligned with the Mdewakanton Sioux because of the emphasis Native Americans place on nature. Camp Avanti therapists also highly respect nature and recognize its healing power," said Kris Worrell, director of Camp Avanti. "We greatly appreciate the tribe's help with our therapeutic riding program — helping the campers connect with nature through horses."

Camp Avanti in western Wisconsin provides an intensive occupational therapy program within a rustic camp setting for children ages 6 to 15 who have learning disabilities or sensory processing dysfunction.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Native American tribe located southwest of the Twin Cities.

Fitness in the Parks in New Richmond

New Richmond Area Centre is offering Fitness in the Parks, free outdoor community exercise classes throughout local parks. The outdoor classes begin Thursday, July 5 and run every Thursday in July from 6 to 6:45 p.m. until the end of the month. "It's a great way to get outside and get in a workout," said Kristi Pupak, community outreach manager. "By offering Fitness in the Parks, we're aiming to make a healthy lifestyle more accessible to folks by bringing exercise classes to the communities in which our members live and work." The free outdoor fitness classes include: Yoga, cardio kickboxing, family boot camp and mixed martial arts. Each 45 minute class will be held at Paperjack Park by Centre group fitness instructors. There is no advanced sign up required to participate in any of the classes. Community participants will be required to fill out a day pass. For more information about Fitness in the Parks, visit