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Moms and tots stroll their way to fitness, bond



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Eileen DeMings exercised with her daughter Colleen last week at Harrington Memorial Hospitalís Stroller Fit classes. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
November 15, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The demands of motherhood may leave little time for an exercise regimen.

Several area mothers, however, seem to have found the perfect solution — combining motherhood and exercise — in an exercise class as Harrington Memorial Hospital.

"This keeps moms and kids together," said the hospital's maternal education coordinator Elizabeth Jarret, who manages the weekly class.

The course, called "Stroller Fit," started two months ago as a way to give mothers and children a chance to exercise and bond, Jarret said. This is the program's first year and a $1,000 grant from the Community Health Network Area is funding it. Jarret said she plans to continue the classes in January, but fees will be assessed since the grant will soon expire.

For the mothers, the weekly morning classes are a chance to stay fit while negotiating the daily stresses of motherhood. Neslusan and several other mothers spent about an hour working through a workout regiment that included calf lunges, stretching and other exercises, sometimes to the tune of nursery rhymes they would sing out loud to their children.

"They use the stroller as part of the equipment," Jarret said.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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