The fifth week of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought over 70 participants to Re-creation headquarters on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2015. Led by Tabitha Gendreau of FitWorks, the event began with a distribution of paper hearts and a group photo before a 45-minute cardio-workout. Following the workout, Dietitian Amanda Raposo led a discussion on cholesterol and healthy diet recommendations for both weight loss and heart health. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Challenge includes programs provided by All Generations Fitness, the Diabetes Association, Inc., Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, TKO Fitness, and the Fall River YMCA. The Challenge offers low cost opportunities for those who live, work or attend school in the Greater Fall River Area. Click here for an eleven-minute video of the Saturday event.  Click here for photos of the fourth week of the Challenge. Call CD-REC at 508-679-0922 for more information or go to

(Top row) Liz Mota, left, talks with Tabitha Gendreau of FitWorks before participants stream into the Re-Creation gym and receive paper hearts handed out by Tabitha. (Row two) Terry Greenwood and Luisa Tavares warm-up with a walk around the gym before Liz and other get started with some arm lifts. (Row three) Participants go through the paces, keeping their heart rates up throughout the cardio work-out. (Row four) Linda Mae Pittsley, left, keeps up the pace with her husband, Lenny, along with the others. (Bottom row) Nelson Lam, in the white shirt, does some knee bends as Tabitha kicks up the pace with some jumps and ends with a cool-down stretch.

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