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LEARN fitness opens on Merrick Road
Youth-focused wellness center will battle childhood obesity
Carlos Varon
Four generations of Lengels attended the ribbon cutting. Above, from left are aunt Cindi Pado, great grandmother Eileen Voges, Toni “nana” Richie, fitness instructor Patrick Maguire and LEARN’s owner Kristie Lengel.Also pictured is Town Clerk Mark Bonilla.

Business in Baldwin may not yet be booming, but it was at least budding over the weekend as LEARN, a new children’s fitness and nutrition center, opened its doors on Merrick Road, just east of Grand Avenue. A number of local dignitaries were on hand to break the seal on the new center at a ribbon-cutting celebration last Saturday.

Kathleen Lengel, the center’s office manager — and the mother of its owner, Kristie Lengel — described the operation as “a childhood exercise and nutrition facility dedicated to fighting obesity in young people.”

The center’s title stands for Learn, Exercise, Activity and the Right Nutrition, and Kathleen Lengel said it is the first facility of its kind on Long Island. “We see this as a place where kids will come after school to get exercise and learn about eating the right things,” she said, adding that classes will be limited to 12 for the center’s younger charges — ages 7 to 11 — and to 15 for an older group of 12- to 17-year-olds.

The center, whose website, www.learnexercisenutrition.com, was slated to go live this week, will also serve adult clients, said Lengel, who lives in Lynbrook, but she stressed that its first focus will be on young people. “We see this as a business that could really take off,” she said. “Who knows? Maybe some day we’ll open franchises all across the Island. Kristie’s idea is that it’s hard for kids to go to a regular gym. They either have to be 18 or have their parents work out with them. So if you hear from your doctor that your child is nearing obesity, where can you turn? We’d like to be a place where parents can turn for help in getting their kids healthier.”


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Soooooooo great. Congratulations and Welcome to Baldwin. If you are interested, we are having a community meeting on Saturday, the 22nd at the Library at 1:00 p.m. Please allow us to introduce ourselves and welcome you to town.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | Report this

Finally!!! 12 years ago I ran all over RVC and Oceanside trying to find just 1 place that would accept a minor to an exercise program. Once they age out of local basketball, baseball and soccer leagues, there still needs to be a place young teens can work out.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 | Report this

What great news! Best of luck Kristie! Will look forward to visiting LEARN next time we are in New York!

Love, Aunt Pam and Uncle Tommy

Friday, October 14, 2011 | Report this
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