Cabarrus Health Alliance’s Healthy Lives Healthy Future Program (HLHF) is a train-the-trainer wellness program funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. This program is designed to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke among low-income communities in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, and Rowan Counties through positive lifestyle changes in physical activity and nutrition.
Volunteers from local churches are identified and trained to lead group fitness classes with the goal of creating sustainable fitness programs within the community. Specialty nutrition programs including grocery store tours and healthy cooking classes are also offered at HLHF churches and community sites.
Community members have access to free fitness classes at local churches, affording them the opportunity to become healthier through increased physical activity. In addition, nutrition classes and weight loss programs are also offered periodically throughout the year at various locations.
Focus of the Program
The HLHF program focuses on the following areas:
Administering comprehensive physical assessments including, but not limited to, blood pressure, body mass index, circumference measurements, and body fat as well as a variety of fitness tests to assess muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility
Leading continuing education workshops and training for program volunteers to promote new exercise class formats and special topics in exercise class instruction
Offering free fitness and nutrition education classes, such as grocery store tours, to assist program participants in eating healthier and being more active
Partnering with local churches to train health advocates to lead safe and effective group exercise classes
The HLHF program has over 25 free exercise classes throughout the counties of Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, and Rowan. Class times and days vary per location. For a complete list of participating locations, click here.