Wednesday, February 10

Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives Educator Creates Community Wellness Program

Partnership with Anytime Fitness
Opelousas, LA – The Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives (1209 Diesi St., Opelousas, LA 70570) is set to begin an exercise accountability program “Commit to Being Fit and Healthy” on March 14, 2016. Research has shown that individuals who are participating in group fitness tend to stay committed and active longer than individuals who attempt to start alone. Commit to Being Fit and Healthy is a holistic wellness program and will include both exercising and eating healthy.  In addition to this once-weekly program, “Anytime Fitness” of Opelousas has volunteered to become a wellness partner and offer participants and their families discounted membership, registration fees, and free guest passes.

“Upon meeting with Seth (Anytime Fitness, owner), he was so excited to be given the opportunity to give back to the community; we agreed that overall wellness is a vital part to living a healthy lifestyle”, said Krystle Washington. “When I first began to develop this program, my major goal was to locate a gym that would partner with me and help accomplish  the Southwest Center’s goal of decreasing obesity in adults and youth by increasing physical activity and  improving lifestyle choices; I hope the entire community comes out and takes control of their health,” said Washington. 

To view the news segment on Commit to Being Fit which aired on KATC-3, February 10, follow this link:

For questions or to register, please contact Krystle Washington at (337)943-2410 or

The Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives is a satellite arm of the Southern University Ag Center, located in Opelousas to serve a ten-parish region of Southwest Louisiana.

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