Get Healthy on the Railroad

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama's mission is to give employers, families and individuals access to quality, affordable healthcare. Blue Cross customers have greater peace of mind knowing this 80-year old company is helping protect their health and financial security. As a corporate leader in Alabama, Blue Cross is committed to positively impacting the health and education of the communities they serve. The sponsorship of "Get Healthy on the Railroad" allows the company to make a positive impact for the community and the overall health of the downtown Birmingham area. With this initiative, Blue Cross is doing the right thing, the right way, for the right reasons.

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Get Healthy on the Railroad Cooking Classes Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama — We are expanding in 2016 to offer five healthy nutrition classes at Railroad Park. Classes will be led by area non-profits on the park's 17th Street Plaza on select Sunday afternoons beginning May 15th. All events are FREE to attend! The first 100 registered attendees will receive free produce and a recipe card so they can easily replicate the dish at home. For a schedule of events, please click here.

Exercise Class Schedule:

All classes are FREE thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register. You will be required to sign in each time you participate in a class.

Jazzercise® (Mondays at 6:00 p.m.):

Do you want to look good and feel great? Try Jazzercise® at Railroad Park! This pulse‐pounding, beat‐pumping fitness program will leave you breathless, toned, and coming back for more! With a hot playlist and various class formats, like Strike, Fusion, Core, Strength, and Dance Mixx, you will burn up to 800 cph (that's calories per hour) without missing a beat, literally! Hand weights and mats suggested, but not required.

Bootcamp (Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.):

Kick into a higher gear with Bootcamp at Railroad Park, a heart‐pumping, fun workout that leaves you feeling stress-free and motivated. By using just your body weight, this workout routine will help tone muscles, build endurance, and boost metabolism.

Zumba (Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.):

Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness class that blends basic dance moves with aerobic steps. You will learn why Zumba is called &quo;exercise in disguise&quo; in this fun, energizing, and easy to follow class at Railroad Park.

Yoga (Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.):

Yoga strengthens and tones the body, promoting balance and flexibility, while quieting the mind. Railroad Park's yoga class is structured for all participants.

Happy Feet Fridays (Fridays at 6:00p.m.):

Get your feet moving in the right direction with Happy Feet Friday at Railroad Park, a 60‐minute low‐to‐high impact walk/run course designed to wake up, shape up, or maintain the inner athlete in you. This class teaches you proper walk/run techniques to maximize your current fitness goals. Walking lowers blood pressure, reduces risk for and helps manage type 2 diabetes, improves mood and strength, and helps control weight. All experience levels are welcome.

Walking is safe and simple, plus it lowers your blood pressure, reduces your risk for or helps you manage type two diabetes, manages your weight, improves your mood and helps you stay strong. So whether you're training for your next marathon or just wanting to get moving, Happy Feet will get you on the right track. All experience levels are welcome.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Is there a fee for the classes? Thanks to the generosity of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama all of the Get Healthy exercise classes are free!

Do I need to sign up in advance? No. Participants do not need to sign up in advance to participate in the classes. Simply arrive a few minutes prior to the beginning of the class, sign the class participation waiver, and enjoy!

Where inside Railroad Park are classes held? Jazzercise® (Mondays), Zumba (Wednesdays), and Happy Feet Friday (Friday) classes typically meet under the 17th Street Plaza Section B. Bootcamp (Tuesdays) and Yoga (Thursdays) classes typically meet on the lawn between 16th Street and 15th Streets. Class locations are subject to change based on availability; please check our website's Calendar of Events and our Facebook site for timely updates.

What do I need to bring to the class? Participants should bring whatever they need to enjoy the class. A bottle of water is highly recommended, as are sunscreen, and a sweat towel. Those interested in the yoga class should bring a yoga mat. Those interested in Jazzercise® should consider bringing hand weights and a mat.

Are children allowed to participate? Yes. To ensure the safety of our guests we ask that children under the age of 10 participate in the class only if supervised by an adult. It is our hope that each and every person has a safe and enjoyable class experience.

How do I know if a class has been cancelled? Classes will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; cancellations will be posted on the Railroad Park website and Facebook Monday through Friday by 4:00p.m. Class instructors and classes are subject to change based on availability; please check our website's Calendar of Events and our Facebook site for timely updates.

May I arrive late? Class begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Please be respectful of other class participants and arrive a few minutes prior to the class start time.

Note:

Classes will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; cancellations will be posted on the Railroad Park website and Facebook Monday through Friday by 4:00p.m.

Class instructors and classes are subject to change based on availability; please check our website's Calendar of Events and our Facebook site for timely updates.