2018 Washington Instructor of the Year Gina Casanova smiles with students at the Peter Kirk Community Center. Photo courtesy of the city of Kirkland

2018 Washington Instructor of the Year Gina Casanova smiles with students at the Peter Kirk Community Center. Photo courtesy of the city of Kirkland

Kirkland fitness instructor receives statewide recognition

Gina Casanova is the 2018 Washington Instructor of the Year for EnhanceFitness.

Gina Casanova, Peter Kirk Community Center’s EnhanceFitness Instructor, was awarded the 2018 Washington Instructor of the Year Award last month from Sound Generations and EnhanceFitness.

Casanova celebrated the award, given to her “for going above and beyond the call of teaching,” with her students at the community center on July 23.

The EnhanceFitness program is a unique, comprehensive program developed by Seattle-based Senior Services, in partnership with the University of Washington and Group Health Cooperative. This program is safe for adults ages 50 and up with a wide range of physical abilities.

This low-cost, evidence-based exercise and fall prevention program helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized and empowered to sustain independent lives, according to the EnhanceFitness website.

A certified instructor with special training in bringing out the physical best from older adults leads the class, which involves a five-minute warm-up, a 20-minute aerobics workout, a five-minute cool-down, a 20-minute strength training workout and a 10-minute stretching workout.

The hour-long class focuses on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance and flexibility, and provides many opportunities for participants to make new friends and acquaintances.

For more information about programs at the Peter Kirk Community Center, visit www.kirklandparks.net or call 425-587-3360.

More in Life

Kirkland police department accepting applications for community academy

The academy will run from Sept. 18 and till Nov. 6.

Kirkland runs Summer Sundays pilot program along Park Lane

Connecting with neighbors and businesses is the center of Summer Sundays.

Performers take over the main stage at Summerfest in 2018. This year features an 1980s night on Friday, a dance party on Saturday and a youth music program on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Stefan Photography
Kirkland Summerfest features new music and family friendly events

Music, art and family fun takes place on July 26-28 at the Kirkland waterfront.

Jake Benbow will be at LA Reel’s next camp at KDC in July. Madison Miller / staff photo
LA Reel comes to Kirkland

LA Reel is a week-long camp that gives students experience in the entertainment industry.

Mayne receives Matthew Dahl Memorial Scholarship

Annie Mayne is the first recipient of the Matthew Dahl Memorial Scholarship.… Continue reading

Why is self-love is so difficult?

A column focused on natural medicine.

The Finn Hill Middle School Concert Band and the Finn Hill Concert Choir performed at the “Music in the Parks” competition in Federal Way. Courtesy photo
Finn Hill Middle school band and choir win top honors at Music in the Parks contest

The groups together were awarded the “Esprit de Corps” award.

Kiwanis pancake breakfast is a big success

Thanks goes to the Kirkland community for their support.

Kirkland Transition Academy partners with Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A is the first for-profit business to partner with the LWSD academy.

Friends of Youth welcomes Juniel as director of development

Juniel Brings more than 30 years of development experience to Friends of Youth.

Congratulations to the Juanita High School and Futures School class of 2019. Photo courtesy of LWSD Facebook page
Juanita and Futures seniors graduate

The ceremony took place on June 14 at the JHS Field House.

Rumba Kings return to Kirkland Performance Center

They will be debuting their new album, “The Instrumental Sessions, Vol II.”