Urban Perform tackles 'gym desert' in Vine City

ATLANTA - Many of us have heard of a food desert - an area in a city without access to healthy food.

Often, those areas are lacking something else: a gym.

But in the Vine City and English Avenue area, one group is working to change that and empower a community to live a healthy lifestyle.

Urban Perform has been in the Vine City area for nearly two years, but until three months ago, the gym operated out of a church building. Now, with a new grant from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, the gym has moved into its own building - a renovated gas station on Joseph E. Boone Blvd.

"Community residents said they want a safe place to exercise for us and for our kids and for our families," said Laura Pritchard, Executive Director of Urban Perform.

"We have some [members] that have never exercised and we're teaching them how to use a treadmill and teaching them how to use a bike."

The gym price is set by members: each class or session is only two dollars to attend. Kids under 18 can work out free.

This summer, Urban Perform will partner with various groups to host workout camps for kids. They will also have a training group for young people preparing to run a 5K race.

The gym's official grand opening is Saturday, May 31st. More details are available on the Urban Perform website.


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