4th Challenge Event capitalizes on recent warm weather

Participants in the 4thChallenge Event of the 2009 Fitness Challenge gathered at CD-REC on Bank Street on a gorgeous sunny spring day with temperatures in the 60s for their walk to Bicentennial Park on March 7, 2009. Walkers spectacular views of Heritage Park, the Battleship USS Massachusetts, and the Taunton River from the mile-long boardwalk. Executive Director Grace Gerling, who ran the entire course, said "This was a terrific workout for those who have been getting in shape during the four-month Challenge and a perfect way to take advantage of the unusually warm spring day." The overall five-mile course included two one-mile round trips along the boardwalk to Bicentennial Park, as well as a long walk to the park from Bank Street. Go to www.gfrpartners.com/094thFitnessChallenge.html for more photos and text describing the event.

Durfee Showcase displays school's community assets

Students and faculty of B.M.C. Durfee High School offered community leaders and the public a chance to see what the school has to offer and a sampling of the community's involvement in the education system. Held in the school's Nagle Auditorium, the "Showcase" first introduced the audience to some of the theatre arts offerings of the school's drama department. Following the brief show, participants streamed into the lobby where exhibits and displays illustrated the educational offerings from the alternative school, Team F.R.E.S.H., Peaceful Coalition, culinary arts from the Tradewinds restaurant and community programs like Citizens for Citizens' Making Proud Choices teen pregnancy prevention.

WSAR Health Expo displays local providers

Even on a snowy day, dozens of people lined up for the opening of the Southcoast Health Expo presented by WSAR Radio and Southcoast Hospitals Group at White's Restaurant on Sunday, March 1, 2009. Over thirty vendors were on hand to provide information, free samples and prizes to those who attended the free event. As in past years, prizes were raffled off by WSAR Radio staff and the entire event was broadcast live by the radio station staff who used the event as an opportunity to do live interviews with many representatives of the participating organizations. http://gfrpartners.com/09WSARHealthExpo.html


Zumba classes a Fitness Challenge hit at the YMCA

 As part of the 2009 Fitness Challenge sponsored by the Diabetes Association, Inc. (DAI), Community Development Recreation (CD-REC), and Healthy City Fall River, the Fall River YMCA has been offering Zumba, a low-impact fitness workout held to Latin and international music on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Friday's at 6:30 p.m. Led on Tuesdays by YMCA fitness trainer Tabitha Gendreau and on Fridays by Alainna Cochrane, participants go though a variety of heart-healthy moves designed to stretch and tone the whole body. The YMCA is also offering a very low rate of $2 for other exercise classes, including yoga, step aerobics and Pilates, and the use of their pool during the Fitness Challenge period that runs until May 9th. For more information about the Challenge, go to www.FallRiverFitnessChallenge.com . For more information about classes offered at the YMCA, call 508-675-7841. To see the entire web page, go to www.gfrpartners.com/09YMCAZumbaClass.html

Making Proud Choices! teaches healthy behavior, decision-making

 Participants in the CFC Family Planning Making Proud Choices! program have been meeting each week in early 2009 at the Fall River Boys and Girls Club to learn about healthy behavior and responsible decision-making. This Science-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program stresses that abstinence is the best way to prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy, but Making Proud Choices! also teaches that condoms can be effective, too. The program aims to reduce the risk of HIV/STDs and pregnancy among youth through small group two-hour sessions where teens watch videos and participate in discussions, games, role-playing, and other exercises. After completing the program, youth are expected to have greater knowledge about HIV/STD and pregnancy prevention, better negotiating skills, and reduced risk-taking behaviors. Currently, there are 18 community−based organizations in Massachusetts funded to provide science−based teen pregnancy prevention programs. For information about the program provided by Citizens for Citizens, contact Lynda Sampson at 508-679-0198 or 508-673-2400. To see the entire web page, go to www.gfrpartners.com/09MakingProudChoices.html