Because a healthy community is a strong one!
Rising obesity rates among East Flatbush, Brooklyn residents and the health challenges that come with it, has spurred the development of a free group fitness program – ‘Fitness for Flatbush.’ In 2009, 24.5% of East Flatbush residents were identified as obese and 11.8 were identified as diabetic (Center for the Study of Brooklyn, 2012), a trend that has continued to worsen as rates of obesity reach alarming heights across Brooklyn and NYS.
“Obesity is the second cause of preventable death in the United States after cigarette smoking,” said Dr. Andre K. Peck, Executive Director of HCC. “Our hope is to see people change their lifestyle from sedentary to a more active one, as well as to make better nutritional choices.”
The free group fitness program provides weekly results-driven fitness and health education sessions, helping participants to set and accomplish personal fitness goals.
Besides helping you lose weight, exercise is important because it helps combat health conditions and diseases (such as heart disease or high blood pressure), it gives you energy (yes it does!), helps improve mood (more happy days), improves sleep and it provides many other positive life changes. More importantly, it bring out the better self in you.
But don't just take our word for it. Read what other community members, just like you, are saying about FITBK:
"This program works perfectly for me. I am a diabetic and the exercise is very beneficial.”
“I would like more days for classes.”
“My family has adapted to healthier eating behaviors.”
“We need Zumba classes at least 4 days per week.”
“I enjoy coming; this program is a stress reliever; Zumba makes me happy.”
“I hope my church can host these classes.”
“HCC’s concern about the community and healthy living is very encouraging.”
“FITBK is a very motivating program.”
“This program was the best thing that happened to me. Thank you!”
“I have improved my HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.”
“It’s a great program for the family. I personally encourage my family to take the opportunity to dance and have fun.”