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'Pilates Day(TM)' Celebration 2008 at St. Philip's Academy, Newark, NJ Saturday May 3, 2008; 1 - 3pm

NEWARK, N.J., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year on the first Saturday in May, the Pilates Method Alliance(R) (PMA)(R) celebrates Pilates Day(TM).

Pilates Day was created by the PMA to bring awareness to the many benefits that Pilates provides to every age group, and to promote healthy living. Pilates Day 2008 features the PMA's groundbreaking exercise initiative 'Pilates in the Schools' at St. Philip's Academy in Newark, New Jersey.

The 'Pilates in the Schools(TM)' program, aka 'PITS', consists of a special protocol of Pilates exercises appropriate for children, developed by the PMA after extensive research.

Marggi Vangeli, a member of the PMA Board of Directors, has been teaching the Pilates protocol to the fifth grade students at St. Philip's on a weekly basis since February. The program will culminate with a special celebration on Pilates Day at the school on Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 1 - 3PM, when students will demonstrate an abbreviated Pilates mat class for parents, friends, community members and invited dignitaries. Additionally, there will be a chance for attendees to take a FREE mat class taught by Vangeli and several other PMA Certified Pilates Teachers.

Vangeli, a PMA-CPT(TM) (Certified Pilates Teacher), is enthusiastic about the opportunity to teach Pilates in an urban environment. The PITS program is designed to 'educate and motivate students, teachers and families in developing physical, emotional and social skills to handle the challenges students' experience in their home, school and community environments,' said Vangeli, quoting an official PITS information sheet.

"We were delighted to be invited to participate in this initiative," said St. Philip's Head of School, Miguel Brito. "Health and wellness is central to our holistic teaching philosophy, and this is a wonderful opportunity for our students."

"I love Pilates! Some of the moves are difficult at first, but then you learn and become stronger and stronger," said Damon McCasker, fifth grader, adding that he loved learning a different kind of exercise from those that are normally taught.

Vangeli, a local New Jersey studio owner, is thrilled with the kids' focus and progress. "After 30 years of practicing Pilates and 10 years of teaching, this experience has given me a fresh look at the lifelong benefits of healthy habits. The 3 guiding Pilates Principles are Whole Body Health, Whole Body Commitment, and Breath - - - - these are great lessons for the kids or anyone."

Contact for Pilates Day & St. Philip's Academy:

Marggi Vangeli, PMA Board Member

1(973) 360-1000

Contact for 'Pilates in the Schools(TM)':

Elizabeth Anderson, PMA Executive Director,

1(305) 573 4946 x 203




A DVD has been created to help promote Pilates in the Schools and contacts are being made with local, state, and federal agencies to help create additional awareness. For more information on this initiative, please email Rob Ickes, PITS Coordinator, at

For more information on Pilates, please read the PMA's position paper.

The Pilates Method Alliance(R) (PMA(R)) is the international, not-for-profit, professional association dedicated to the teachings of Joseph H. and Clara Pilates. The PMA's mission is to protect the public by establishing certification and continuing education standards for Pilates professionals. PMA, PO Box 370906, Miami, FL 33137 866 573 4945 x 203 Elizabeth Anderson, Executive Director

St. Philip's Academy Founded in 1988, St. Philip's Academy is an independent, inner city K-8 school that provides a rigorous moral and academic curriculum for capable students in the Greater Newark area regardless of their family's ability to pay tuition. St. Philip's Academy, 342 Central Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103 (973) 624-0644 Miguel Brito, Head of School

SOURCE Pilates Method Alliance
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