There’s a lot cooking in Netawaka

The staff at the Netawaka Family and Fitness Center keeps things exciting for members with new programs and parties. Here, Ashley Killoren, Director Scott Steffes and Mary Williams discus their next “wild idea” for the weeks ahead.

Submitted by Roy Reiman

Netawaka Family Fitness Center

There’s a lot cooking in Netawaka

Submitted by Roy Reiman

The “Backyard Cookout” at the Netawaka Fitness Center this Thursday evening, July 18, will include more than just good fun and great food.

Besides foot-tapping music, there will be drawings for a variety of prizes contributed by area businesses. These are not cash prizes.  Instead, the firms contribute gifts of their products or services, and some are quite creative. Topping the list is a large “Mystery Prize” that won’t be revealed in advance.

The members-only Cookout is one of a series of events and parties planned to thank long-time members for their help in urging friends and others to join the Center. Their efforts have resulted in the Center recently topping the 1,000-member mark.

The Center’s staff continually works on coming up with new ideas, programs and parties that keep the members involved.

Special activities are planned for the children of members, too, such as a recent basketball camp and a two-day “KSU Volleyball Camp” for seventh through 12th graders led by Kansas State coaches.

a Gathering Place

The pool may not be getting as much use as it did during the February freeze, but the regular water aerobics classes held there are as popular as ever. The indoor walking lanes around the full-size gym see plenty of regular pacing as well.

While most younger members are serious fitness enthusiasts, retirees from the 40-mile surrounding area gather several times a week—some daily for a brief workout, while others come to meet new friend, have coffee, play cards, bingo, work on crafts or just chat.

“It’s become a gathering place,” Steffes said. “The Center gives these retirees some place to go and something to do. It’s a ‘happy place.’ And when people are happier, they’re healthier.”

Steffes reports the summer “Dollar-A-Day” membership rate has proven highly attractive. The Center’s special summer rate is also popular.

Teen Members Growing

Special student discount rates are bringing in young people as well.

Teenagers and youngsters are finding this a great place to meet friends, play basketball or volleyball, swim, use the batting cages or learn kick boxing.

There’s a lot to do here at the Center during the summer months, and more people are taking advantage of it. We have members from Hiawatha, Sabetha, Horton and beyond who find it well worth the drive to come here regularly.

“It’s very gratifying to see all these people from the surrounding area gather here regularly instead of sitting at home. The members just keep looking healthier!” Steffes said.


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