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In 1998 the co-owners of Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women established the Healthworks Foundation, renamed Healthworks Community Fitness. Healthworks Community Fitness is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting the health and empowerment of women and children from all economic backgrounds. To demonstrate our commitment, Healthworks Fitness Centers donates a significant portion of its profits to the organization each year, which operates two full-service non-profit fitness centers in Dorchester, MA. Working directly with community-based health resources to expand the scope of care for its patients, Healthworks Community Fitness aims to operate thriving community fitness centers that provide the highest quality holistic nutrition, fitness, and well-being services.
Healthworks at St. Mary’s, which opened in 2002, is a 3,500 square foot facility serving homeless and low-income women, as well as pregnant and parenting teenagers. This center provides a safe source of respite and empowerment for women who wouldn’t otherwise have access to fitness opportunities and health support. Volunteers have been integral to the center’s operations and programs, and continue to offer their support.
Healthworks at Codman, opened in 2009, is a fully equipped, 9,000 square foot facility. It was established through a partnership with the renowned Codman Square Health Center. It includes a 1,800 square foot “Youth Fitness Zone” for children, and will soon offer a teaching kitchen so that members can learn how to cook health conscious meals. In addition to offering need-based discounted memberships, Healthworks at Codman currently accepts medical referrals from the Codman Square Health Center, the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, and other medical institutions, and provides free memberships to patients prescribed exercise to treat chronic diseases including type-2 diabetes, hypertension, mood disorders, and obesity.
With diverse support from the greater community, Healthworks Community Fitness Center staff will continue its mission to foster fitter, healthier, well-educated, and empowered communities. The organization welcomes volunteers and contributors of all kinds and looks forward to hearing from you.
For more information, and to learn how you can help, please visit HealthworksCommunityFitness.org.
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