Businesses Kick In for Ten Ton Challenge

Lori Kehoe

Lori Kehoe of the Na’ana Rose Dance Studio speaks to participants in the Ten Ton Challenge Saturday. (Photo: ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—Two Downtown businesses offered extra incentives and perks Saturday for participants in the Park Forest Ten Ton Challenge. Quality Classic Health & Fitness Center is offering a 50% discount on monthly membership, and the Na’ama Rose Dance Center is offering $20 discounts on classes. Saturday was one of the scheduled monthly programs for the year-long program at Village Hall.

Earl Davis of the Quality Classic Health & Fitness Center shared told participants about the services his business will offer, “Our facility is opening up on June 9. It is directed toward weight loss, strength training, and, specifically, we train individuals over 50 years of age. Why? Nobody else does.”

Davis said programs will be tailored to individuals, “You will receive individual training on your schedule. We will prepare a program for you. All you have to do is be there.”

The fitness center is offering 50% off its $40 monthly membership as individuals are involved with the Ten Ton Challenge.

Build-out is currently underway at 295 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest where the center will be located. Hours will be Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no enrollment fee. Davis and his wife Alice Moussa-Davis are currently accepting applications at 67 Lester Street, just around the corner from where the Health and Fitness Center will be located.  Those interested may call 708-536-0296 for more information.

Lori Kehoe, a board member and instructor at Na-ama Rose Dance Center, 331 Founders Way in DownTown Park Forest, said she always struggled with her weight, “I was 60 pounds overweight when I began dancing 5 years ago. I started dancing 5 years ago after I had my daughter. I thought, ‘I gotta do something.’ I have kept it off for 5 years and become an instructor.”

Kehoe said there are many benefits to dancing, “It is a way to not only work your muscle tissue, but to work your coordination, your flexibility, your balance, your memory, your mind – so there are a lot of health benefits to your brain and to your body.”

The dance studio is planning a Student Showcase at the end of May at Governors State University. The eight week Summer Session begins June 9.

“It’s not a competitive environment. It’s very social. People come to class to have fun.” says Na’ama Rose, owner of the studio.

The studio is offering a $20 discount on their classes for those participating in the Ten Ton Challenge. The discount applies to classes as long as participants are involved in the Ten Ton Challenge.  More information is available at 708-283-2800 or at http://www.naamarose.com.

In addition to pledging to lose at least 20 pounds, Ten Ton Challenge participants are asked to donate 20 pounds of food each month to the Rich Township Food Pantry. So far over 2,500 pounds of food have been donated.

The next scheduled event for the Challenge is this Saturday, May 3, which is also opening day for the Park Forest Farmers’ Market. Participants will meet to walk the DownTown at 9:00 a.m. on the Village Green. This will be followed by an opening ceremony for the Farmers’ Market at 9:30 a.m.

On Saturday, May 10, Joann Lindholm, executive Chef and owner of Fresh Starts Restaurant in Flossmoor will give a presentation on “Healthy Cooking” beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Dining on the Green. Seating for this event is limited to 150 people. Ten Ton Challenge participants may call 708-748-1118 to reserve a place.

Additionally, the Park Forest Running and Pancake Club is working on transforming its Progressive Marathon to a Progressive Half-Marathon. Ten Ton Challengers are invited to participate as walkers or runners.

Residents and non-residents may still sign up for the Ten Ton Challenge.