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Saturday Softball Wraps City Fitness Campaign
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The Get Fit Riverbank program will end eight weeks of offering free nutrition, healthy cooking and fitness instruction with a community softball game slated for Saturday, July 30 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Castleberg Park.

Local police office and firefighters will lead the opposing teams but volunteers from the community are invited to fill out the game roster. They may sign up for the game at either the Farmer's Market at Third and Santa Fe streets that morning or at the park itself.

The drawing for prizes in the program will also take place at Castleberg Park on Saturday at 5 p.m. Contestants can turn in their "passports" at the Farmer's Market or at the park.

Drawing more than 300 participants, Get Fit Riverbank encouraged the local residents to improve their health by having local gymnasiums offer trial programs, cooking experts give culinary advice and fitness experts lead exercise programs such as yoga and Pilates at Jacob Myer Park.

Sponsors included The First Tee, Riverbank Community Gardens, Memorial Medical Center, Health Plan of San Joaquin, City of Riverbank, ATA Martial Arts, University of California, Oak Valley Hospital, Gold's Gym, Health Net, Snap Fitness and Riverbank Unified School District.

The effort was led by health care professionals such as city councilmember and registered nurse Dotty Nygard, University of California Cooperative Extension community coordinator Terri Spezzano and Cal State assistant professor of nursing Mechelle Perea-Ryan.