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Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield kicks off 13th season of Fitness at Canalside

  • 2024 lineup features series for kids in partnership with explore & more

Buffalo, NY (June 4, 2024) — The 13th season of Fitness at Canalside, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is underway, offering free daily and weekly fitness classes throughout the summer on Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront. Plus, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, with Explore & More Childrens Museum and Wegmans is offering Free Play Friday’s, a series at Canalside, exclusively for children.

More than 100,000 Western New Yorkers have participated in Fitness at Canalside since it began in 2011. The 2024 lineup offers community members a variety of free, core classes, plus new and fun fitness fads, such as kayaking, puppy yoga and salsa dancing.

The local health plan is once again teaming up with Explore & More to bring Free Play Friday’s series to Canalside, to keep children active throughout the summer. Every Friday, beginning June 28, children are invited to the Pierce Lawn at Canalside from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a new weekly sport activity, including soccer, golf, flag football, baseball, tennis, relay races, obstacle courses and kickball.

“As the official health plan of Canalside, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield continues to find new ways to engage our community members in activities that keep them healthy on all levels— physically, mentally and socially,” said Michael Ball, vice president, community affairs, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. “While each year brings new and exciting fitness offerings, the tradition of getting healthy at a community on Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront continues, and we are proud to be part of that.”

Fitness classes are free and open to individuals of all ages, regardless of fitness level or experience. 

A full calendar of fitness classes can be found at BuffaloWaterfront.com. Classes are weather-dependent. In cases of inclement weather, individuals can check Buffalo Waterfront’s Facebook page for updates.

In addition to free fitness classes, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Bikes are back at Canalside and available to rent daily with no membership required. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members can show their ID card for a free hour Blue Bike rental. 

Fitness at Canalside 2024 Schedule

Kayak Tours and Puppy Yoga

Select Mondays

To be Announced

Zumba

Tuesdays

6:00PM – 7:00PM

Next Level Fitness

Wednesdays

6:00PM – 7:00PM

Body of Wealth

Thursdays

6:00PM – 7:00PM

Sow Fit

Fridays

11:00AM – 12:00 PM

HEAL BFLO

Fridays

6:00PM – 7:00 PM

Shannon Connors Fitness

Saturdays

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Urban Run Series

Saturdays

9:00AM – 10:00AM

 

Salsa Dancing will be held on select Saturdays, including June 29, July 13, July 20, July 27, and August 10.

Free Play Friday 2024 Schedule

Super Soccer Stars

June 28

11AM – 1 PM

Putting, Chipping, Driving & Golf Games

July 5

11AM – 1 PM

Flag Football Fun

July 12

11AM – 1 PM

Balls, Bats, and Baseball Hats

July 19

11AM – 1 PM

Super Soccer Stars

July 26

11AM – 1 PM

Fun is in the Air, an introduction to tennis

August 2

11AM – 1 PM

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work with relay races, obstacle courses and cooperative learning games

August 9

11AM – 1 PM

Crazy Kickball

August 16

11AM – 1 PM

Super Soccer Shots

August 23

11AM – 1 PM

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is a trade name of Highmark Western and Northeastern New York Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Since 1936, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has helped millions of people lead healthier lives. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield offers a full range of insured, self-insured, and government programs and services covering businesses, families, and individuals, as well as dental and vision plans and stop-loss coverage. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield serves as a key economic driver in the regio, and as a community-based, not-for-profit health plan, contributes significantly to organizations that strengthen and enrich the health of the community.

For up-to-date news, facts, and information about the company, leadership, and industry, please visit bcbswny.com or follow us on Twitter. 

For more information, contact

Amber Hartmann
716-208-9534
amber.hartmann@highmarkhealth.org