Church provides fitness classes for community

Alice, Texas—To encourage a healthy lifestyle in the community, the First United Methodist Church will be hosting free fitness classes for the remainder of the year.AmyGunn web

The fitness program 'Sister's in Sweat' is head by Amy Gunn, Wesley nurse for Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

The classes start at 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday in the Mary Dinn Reynolds Hall at the church. The exercises are low impact, indoors and open to the public.

"Our goal is to get out in the community and give help to those that need to know the importance of being healthy and provide them with a place to get information, for free," Gunn said.

Since February is American Heart Month, Gunn said she stresses the importance of exercise and healthy habits to her students by giving out information on health conditions such heart disease and diabetes.

"Diabetes and other health problems are big issues. This program gives everybody access to information on how to be healthier," she said.

Free monthly health screenings will be available to those in attendance.

Gunn said she measures everyone's weight and blood pressure to keep track of it, so participants can see the difference exercise can do to their bodies.

For more information or to get a schedule for the fitness classes, visit Gunn at the church or call 494-8485.

This article originally appeared in the Alice Echo News Journal, and can be viewed by clicking here.