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Grant aids fitness program in Norman (Among Friends)

NORMAN — Among Friends Activity Center Inc. has expanded its Health and Wellness Program and added new fitness equipment, in part because of a $6,632 grant received from Telligen Community Initiative, a nonprofit foundation.

Among Friends, 1185 E Main St., is the only fitness center in the area that caters directly to adults with special needs and disabilities.

“We are grateful for the funding from TCI to help expand our fitness offerings and create additional opportunities for our members to participate in a healthier lifestyle," said Christina Chicoraske, executive director of Among Friends.

“Our goal is to make health and wellness a part of daily life and help adults with special needs and disabilities live healthier and happier lives.”

Among Friends Activity Center provides its members with a comprehensive exercise facility and specialized health and wellness education and coaching to promote healthier lifestyles. It has treadmills, stationery bikes, recumbent bikes, weights and stair climbers, as well as an area for games, aerobic fitness classes and health education programs.

The one-year grant provides for additional program staffing and the purchase of a specialized step bike and other fitness equipment designed to serve clients with limited mobility.

Participants in the Health and Wellness Program range in age from 18 to 70. Over the last two years of offering the program, Among Friends' clients continue to lose weight, lower their body mass index levels and see improvements in their overall health.

To participate in the Health and Wellness Program, participants must be members of Among Friends Activity Center and have a medical release form completed by their physician. There is no additional cost to members to participate in the Health and Wellness Program.

Potential clients and visitors are welcome to tour the center by setting up an appointment. For more information, call 701-2121, email director@amongfriendsnorman.org or go to amongfriendsnorman.org.