City of Reno offers free fitness program for disabled veterans

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Updated: 1/09/2013 12:19 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- While many people paid for new gym memberships this month to tackle new year's resolutions,  The City of Reno is helping disabled veterans get fit for free.

The program is called 'Fit but not Forgotten' and it kicked off Tuesday night at the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center - with new, fully accessible equipment for veterans of all abilities.

Tom Hudson is a Navy veteran.

"A shot at doing something like this now is huge," Hudson said.

He also has multiple sclerosis, and today he's working out thanks to a new exercise program for disabled veterans.

"I think the goal is to be able to provide a program that gets veterans out in the community, working out together and supporting each other," said April Wolfe, therapeutic recreation specialist for the City of Reno.

'Fit but not Forgotten' is free for disabled vets and members of the military. Wolfe says it starts with a four-week training program to make sure the vets exercise safely and effectively.

"When they complete their four classes they'll have access to a free facility membership pass that'll be good for one year," Wolfe said.

Hudson says he'd like to lose 50 pounds and improve his upper body strength, but if he can just keep the M.S. at bay he'll be happy.

"If I balance and don't lose anything that's a major milestone in itself," Hudson said. "If I happen to gain anything, that's excellent."

Thanks to the new fully accessible weightlifting and cardio equipment Hudson says it will feel good to be active and exercise again.

"I think this is going to be good and I'm sure I'll sleep real, real sound," Hudson said.

The four-class sessions start at the beginning of each month. So if you didn't make it out this week, you can get started with the program in February. For more information contact April Wolfe at or 775-333-7765.
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