Wood St. Fitness to offer free class for veterans

Free Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies access to Zumba Gold/Drum Fitness April 4, 11, 18

Bensenville, Ill.— Wood Street Fitness, in conjunction with Healthy Minds-Healthy Bodies (HMHB), is offering veterans free access to its Zumba Gold/Drum Fitness seated class beginning Tuesday, April 4.

Access to the class, which runs from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays, is available free for veterans in-person or via Zoom April 4-18. Wood Street Fitness is located inside the Bensenville Park District’s Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street in Bensenville.

“The seated Zumba Gold/Drum Fitness class is perfect for those dancing enthusiasts who need modifications, those with limited mobility or those just starting to exercise after a long period of inactivity,” says Fitness Supervisor Silvia Acevedo, who is also the HMHB instructor for the class. “This mixed class is a fun way to exercise your body and mind with coordinated moves.”

Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies is a trademarked program of AllenForce—implemented by licensed fitness centers like Wood St. Fitness throughout the country—that is offered free of charge to qualified veterans. Each facility and fitness professional complete specific training on veteran culture, PTSD, MST, injuries and illness specific to veterans and adaptive equipment.

The program provides veterans with two one-year memberships (veteran and chosen “PT PARTNER”), promoting healthy fitness habits and a positive outlet for stress relief, and up to 15 personal training sessions with a qualified Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies professional. Monthly networking opportunities provide mentoring, peer support, connections with other veteran organizations and adapted sport experiences.

The partnership with HMHB is part of a veteran’s initiative announced by Board President Rich Johnson in November 2022 that includes enhancing access for veterans to park district facilities such as White Pines Golf Club, the Bensenville Water Park and Splash Pad and Wood Street Fitness. More information about Wood Street Fitness may be found at WoodStFitness.com. Visit allenforce.org/healthy_minds_healthy_bodies.html for information about Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies.

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