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Fresh fitness returns to the Winter Farmer’s Market

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- You can once again shop for local produce while fitting in some exercise.

Fresh fitness has returned to the Winter Farmer's Market at the Cabondale Community High School.

It's a collaboration between the City of Carbondale, as well as, the Carbondale Park District and Southern Illinois University's Recreation Center.

Roni LeForge, the Carbondale's Public Information Officer, says its back for a third year by demand.

"Before we made the official announcement, people started messaging our page," LeForge explains. "People were definitely interested in coming back out, so we're happy to be back."

Each Saturday, SIU Fitness instructors will teach a hour-long Zumba or WREQ dance class.

The class is broken down into 30 minutes with a break and then the second half of the class.

Savanna Ashbuagh says all you need is workout clothes and a water bottle; no previous experience is necessary.

"We'll have some fun dance moves, moves that everyone can enjoy," she says. "The whole family can come out, and there's no specific skills that you need for this."

A $5 donation is suggested so that the instructors can be compensated for their hard work of learning and teaching the routines.

The classes take place each Saturday at 10 a.m. from January 18 - March 28.

Jennifer Paulson Executive Director at Food Works, which helps to put on th farmer's market, wants to remind everyone that there's a ton of fresh produce, locally-sourced meat and baked goods available at the market.

Those include tomatoes, spinach and kale, as well as, grass-fed beef.

Those with SNAP benefits are matched dollar for dollar up to $25 a week for fruits and vegetables.

Carbondale Community High School:

1301 E Walnut Street

Carbondale, IL 62901

Brooke Schlyer

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