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Local Jazzercise studios offer free classes to encourage healthy living

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Jazzercise programs in the Cedar Valley are getting the word out to the community that anyone can join them for free for the entire month of October for their classes.  And, young people ages 16 to 21 can join them for free for the rest of 2017.

The nationwide fitness company introduced the initiative for 2017 called GirlForce, specifically aimed at aiding in the growth and development for young women ages 16 to 21. 

"GirlForce aims to empower young women by giving them a place to get fit, learn healthy habits, and find a place they belong in their communities, free of charge," according to Jazzercise, Inc.

So, the Waterloo Crossroads Mall and Denver (next to the American Legion) Jazzercise locations jumped on board the initiative without hesitation.

"All of our instructors have a passion to help others get fit," said April Wilson, a Jazzercise instructor.  "We know that the younger you are when you start to implement healthy behaviors, the more likely you are to continue those same behaviors into adulthood."

The classes incorporate modern dance choreography, with kickboxing and Pilates moves.

"Jazzercise is a top-notch cardio workout, so it's great for keeping your heart healthy.  Not only that, you are exercising your muscles and your mind, and it's great for relieving stress, boosting energy and making friends," said Wilson.  

Wilson and her fellow instructors also have words of welcome for anyone who might be interested, but maybe are timid to give Jazzercise and a new form of exercise a try.

"There is absolutely no judging in our facilities," said Wilson.  "It is a safe and comfortable place for people of all ages, sizes and backgrounds to have fun and get fit."

Jazzercise Waterloo and Denver have full Facebook pages, where you can learn more and see their class schedules.  And girls who are interested in joining the GirlForce program can find more information here.

Again, all classes in October are free to everyone, with no commitment necessary, and the rest of 2017 is free for all girls and boys ages 16-21.

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