IGA funding in the amount of $35,000 has enabled the St. Anthony Health and Fitness Center Committee to purchase new long-lasting commercial gym equipment. The need for better health and wellness in St. Anthony and the surrounding area was strong as indoor recreational opportunities were limited.

Many residents were deterred from using the Health and Fitness Center due to the poor quality equipment. The aim of this project was to make a healthy change by providing the towns’ residents access to a safe gym where they could work out, be healthy, and stress-free.

There has been a dramatic increase in membership among seniors, females, youth, and spouses, all of whom visit and work out regularly. Members love the new equipment and have reported feeling better since coming to gym.

The Committee has since been able to promote healthy lifestyles, improve attitudes for better mental health, maintain positive relationships in the community, and increase online Facebook group community membership and online chat opportunities.