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"Step Out to Work Out" Winds Down Saturday

Hula-hoops instructor Laura Sosa leads about 50 participants at Mercado Park during the Step Out to Work Out program on Aug. 24, assisted by Andrew Quiroga.Hula-hoops instructor Laura Sosa leads about 50 participants at Mercado Park during the Step Out to Work Out program on Aug. 24, assisted by Andrea Quiroga.

The final exercise class in Perris’ hugely successful “Step Out to Work Out” program takes place Saturday, Aug. 31, at Mercado Park, where participants will work their muscles at an early-morning Tabata class.

The City created the Step Out to Work Out program as part of it ongoing “Live Well Perris” campaign, an initiative that encourages healthy eating and physical exercise.

Step Out to Work Out sessions have included Zumba, hula hoops and aerobics classes at various Perris parks. Perris City Council members have attended some sessions. Most have several dozen participants. Saturday’s Tabata session was scheduled previously at Monument Ranch Park, but has been moved to Mercado Park at 10th and D Streets. The class begins at 8 a.m.

The most recent work out session took place Aug. 24 at Mercado Park, where about 50 people grabbed hula hoops for an intense hour of exercise. Participants included men and women, children to senior citizens, all of whom were soaked with sweat by the time the lesson concluded. Instructor Laura Sosa led the class.

Sarita Orozco works the hula-hoop during an early morning exercise class at Mercado Park The twice weekly workout sessions are part of the Step Out to Work Out Program.Sarita Orozco works the hula-hoop during an early morning exercise class at Mercado Park The twice weekly workout sessions are part of the Step Out to Work Out Program.

“This program has been great for Perris residents,” Sosa said. “It keeps people motivated to exercise. It is great that the City organizes and encourages this sort of activity. Pretty amazing.”

Vietnam veteran Louie Viramontes has taken part in every Step Out to Work Out session. He’s also joined the City gym to exercise during the week. Viramontes said he enjoys the exercise classes in Perris parks because “it’s more fun that working out alone.” He also considers Sosa an ideal instructor.

“She’s the Energizer Bunny,” he said.

Perris resident Sarita Orozco teaches fitness classes of her own, but she enjoys taking part in the Step Out classes. She brings some of her students as well.

“It’s wonderful to see the City so concerned about getting its residents into shape,” she said.

Several Step Out to Work Out participants have also signed up for the City’s Biggest Loser contest. The final weigh-in for the weigh-loss competition takes place Sept. 14 and the City will be conducting a “boot camp” that morning at Mercado Park for contestants who want to take that last pound or two.

Perris resident Louie Viramontes with hula-hoop at Mercado Park. Viramontes has attended every Step Out to Work Out session.Perris resident Louie Viramontes with hula-hoop at Mercado Park. Viramontes has attended every Step Out to Work Out session.

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez said he has been more than pleased by the success of the Step Out program and hopes to continue it next year.  He said he appreciated the efforts of instructors like Sosa and Marivic De Castro for making the twice-weekly workouts enjoyable and challenging.

“It’s been an incredible success,” he said.

Longtime Perris residents Darlene and Leslie Steele have also taken advantage of several Step Out programs. They’ve attended exercise classes and took part in the Walk with the Mayor, joining Mayor Daryl Busch and others for a morning of exercising earlier this summer.

Darlene Steele said the exercises have helped get her husband’s diabetes in check and both are taking better care of their overall health.

“We’re trying to lose weight and get healthy,” Darlene Steele said.

Perris residents Darlene Steele and her husband, Leslie Steele, were among 50 people who attended the Aug. 24 hula-hoop session at Mercado Park.Perris residents Darlene Steele and her husband, Leslie Steele, were among 50 people who attended the Aug. 24 hula-hoop session at Mercado Park.

The Steeles have called Perris home for 38 years. They said they are pleased with the improvements taking place in recent years, including major renovations along D Street, new freeway interchanges, new parks, apartments for senior citizens and families of modest means, completion of a sports complex and the anticipated ribbon-cutting an aquatics center in 2014. Encouraging Perris residents to improve their health, the Steeles agree, is another example of the City looking after its residents.

“There isn’t a better place to live than in Perris,” Darlene Steele said. “We love it here.”

Mayor Busch said he is delighted so many Perris residents took advantage of the Step Out program this summer.

“I’m very pleased,” he said. “It’s not only good for the City but for the citizens as well.”