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City of Reno Debuts Fitness Program for Disabled Veterans

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Working out can be a challenge for veterans who have injuries or disabilities, but a new program is making it easier for them to get to the gym. The City of Reno introduced "Fit But Not Forgotten" at the Evelyn Mount Community Center in north Reno on Tuesday, with fitness classes and a free year-long membership for veterans. 

Reno Therapeutic and Recreation Specialist April Wolfe explained how the program got started.

"The City of Reno received grant money from the U.S. Paralympics and the Department of Veterans Affairs to put on a weekly fitness program for disabled veterans," Wolfe said.

The money also paid for new equipment that is accessible for people in wheelchairs, or those who have injuries and require special machines. 

The city is providing fitness experts like Stefano Miraglia to get people started.

"For them to have a gym, a cardio room, a pool for them to work out in, that's completely accessible to them no matter their disability is absolutely amazing," said Miraglia.

Navy Veteran Tom Hudson came to the opening night of the new program. He says Multiple Sclerosis has completely paralyzed him and that a new all-in-one adaptive machine will definitely help.

"With MS you only have so much energy," Hudson said. "And that'll lend itself to working out and actually making progress or at least keeping on the same level rather than deteriorating."

The new program is free for disabled veterans and after they take four fitness classes they can sign up for a year's membership at the community center, also for free. Miraglia says it'll be good for veterans of all ages and abilities.

"Everybody has a different rate of tolerance and drive and this is going to open up for a lot of people to realize, "Okay I can come out here and get in shape" for whatever reason, for stability or other health reasons. It's going to be amazing."

Written by Jennifer Burton

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