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Free fitness classes to be offered on City Hall Plaza; Mayor Menino launches program today

As part of his recently launched Boston Moves for Health campaign, Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined public health officials and fitness instructors this morning to kick off Fitness on the Plaza, a summer series of free weekly fitness classes on City Hall Plaza.

Menino joined Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, to launch the series of free classes, which includes classes run by instructors from Beantown Bootcamp, Health Yoga Life, South Boston Yoga, and The Sports Club/LA.

"Summer is right around the corner, and it's one of the best times for people to get out and get active in our city," Menino said in a statement. "The classes that we're offering every week on City Hall Plaza are a great way to get your exercise in before work and start your day off on the right foot. Whether you're pumping up with boot camp or unwinding with yoga, we want to give everyone a chance to get moving this summer."

The classes will take place on City Hall Plaza on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings until the end of August, according to the mayor's office. Health Yoga Life will offer classes every Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. until July 25. South Boston Yoga and the Sports Club/LA will team up for yoga classes every Thursday from 7 to 8 a.m. between July 12 and August 30.

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Beantown Bootcamp will lead classes from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Fridays between July 6 and August 31. Beantown Bootcamp will also provide a "family-friendly" class between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. No registration is required for the classes.

"We're fortunate in Boston to have fantastic resources to help people lead an active, healthy lifestyle, but access and affordability are often issues," Ferrer said in a statement. "That's why partnerships like these are crucial to the success of Boston Moves for Health. As a free and convenient program, we hope that Fitness on the Plaza will encourage more people to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives."

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Boston Moves for Health, launched in April, encourages Bostonians to shed a collective 1 million pounds over the next year. The mayor's call to action includes a challenge for residents to walk 10 million miles collectively during the yearlong campaign.


Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com.