Healthplex hosts third annual Sweatin to Make a Difference

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Capital Region Sam B. Cook Healthplex hosted its last day of "Sweatin' to Make a Difference" classes for the Les Mills Healthplex Relaunch Sunday.

Exercise Specialist Sarah Harbour said this is the third year the Healthplex hosted the relaunch to raise awareness for the Central Missouri Food Bank's Buddy Pack Program.

"Three years ago, we decided we wanted a platform to raise awareness for this, making a difference in people's lives through exercise," Harbour said. "We wanted to bring in maybe a younger population and how we could help raise awareness to that cause. There is always a need for the Buddy Packs to be filled. So we wanted to continue that theme and continue to raise awareness for that cause."

To help raise awareness, the Healthplex collects donations for the Food Bank's Buddy Pack program.

"For the last two weeks, we have been raising awareness and asking people to bring food for the food drive that will benefit that Buddy Pack Program," Harbour said.

After the two week food drive, the Healthplex offers "Sweatin' to make a Difference" classes for a small charge.

"Donate $5 and they can try out all the classes," Harbour said.

On Saturday, the Healthplex held "Sweatin' to Make a Difference" classes on the Capitol with 167 participants.

The Healthplex held its Sunday class at the Sam B. Cook Healthplex.

"Today we hope to see up to 40 people," Harbour said. "And if they weren't here yesterday, they'll get the understanding of what this is benefiting."

Sunday's class offered a 55 minute BODYPUMP class to participants.

"It's sweating to make a difference in a person's life, you know through the group fitness classes and exercise,"Harbour said. "And then also for the kids that benefit from those donations."

One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Buddy Pack Program.