The ninth week of the Tenth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought 43 participants  to Kuss Middle School on March 18, 2017 for a 45-minute workout led by Luciana Reed and Britney Mello of Cat Studio. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Challenge includes programs provided by Cat Studio Fitness Fusion, Tabi's Transformations, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, Salt Fitness Cafe, TKO Fitness, Vitality Fitness and both the Swansea 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. Those who have registered by the end of January are eligible for cash prizes to be awarded at the Challenge Finale on April 21st. Click here for a fifteen-minute video of the Saturday event. Click here for photos and video of the Challenge Kick-off and Health Fair and here for the Week Four Challenge.. Call CD-REC at 508-679-0922 for more information or go to

(Top two rows) Luciana Reed and Britney Mello of Cat Studio lead the members of their group, pictured below, and the other participants in the first warm-up exercise. (Rows three and four) Participants go through a series of stretches and moves to music designed to increase strength, flexibility and balance. (Row five, center) A participant checks her FitBit before Britney leads the group in a cool-down stretch. (Bottom row, right) Partners Challenge Coordinator Annemarie Holly awards door prize winner Michelle Dumais a jump rope, a six-pound toning ball and a water bottle.

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