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New Fitness Class Will Fight Cancer with Exercise and Support

Updated: 12/30/2013 5:46 PM
Created: 12/30/2013 5:37 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

A new fitness class in Duluth will do more than keep people healthy.

Melissa Jackson is a cancer survivor and fitness instructor. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma over a year ago, but is now in remission.

She's starting a new group fitness class at Essentia Health's Duluth Clinic Fitness Center in January. It's for cancer survivors and cancer patients.

Jackson said staying active during her treatment helped keep her mind and body strong, and she wants to share that gift with other people with similar experiences.

"Cancer and chemo can beat you down so much mentally and physically," Jackson said. "In my experience, it takes a lot of things away from you, but one thing it can't take from you is the will and the hope that you're going to get through it."

Jackson said the class is open to people of all fitness levels. The Fit for Life class will combine cardio, strength and flexibility.

You don't have to be a member of Essentia's gym to go. Any cancer survivor or patient is welcome and the class is free.

The first class will be on January 7. It will be every Tuesday and Friday from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m. If you have any questions, you can call the Fitness Center at the Duluth Clinic.

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