Nonprofit gym helps low-income community get fit

June 18th, 2010  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  1 Comment

Thanks to reader Emily for this link.

In many low-income neighborhoods, obesity and diabetes are huge problems. Fear of crime and traffic keep many residents from exercising outdoors, and indoor gyms are often too few and too expensive. Healthworks, a nonprofit fitness center in Boston, is trying to change that.

Full story on NPR

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  1. KCK says:

    June 21st, 2010at 8:23 am(#)

    I work out at one of the for-profit branches of this gym. It’s nice being able to work out among other women (rather than in my testosterone-heavy BJJ class) and the gym’s goals and charity work are pretty nice too. I like that they’re reasonably body-positive and woman-friendly — as much as a gym can be and still make money. They pretty much have to acknowledge that a lot of women are there because they want to look more conventionally attractive, but they do make an effort to redirect people to goals that are more centered on their health and physical abilities.


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