DENNISON -- Registration is now open for Trinity Hospital Twin City's Fit for Life health and wellness program. Registration will be open through Friday, Aug. 31. There is a limited amount of space available in the class session which begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in the hospital's first floor St. Francis Conference Center, located at 819 N. First St. Fit for Life is a 12-week session of classes that meets weekly for about 90 minutes, and classes will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Fit for Life classes consist of in-depth nutrition and fitness information with a focus on behavioral change. Some of the topics covered during the 12-week session include the following: The Wellness Choice, Nutrition & Your Health, Eat to Live, Flexibility Fitness, Stress Management, and Disease Prevention & Healthy Aging. Participants enjoy a hands-on learning experience that includes learning to read food labels, viewing and understanding correct portion sizes, holding a replica of five pounds of fat, trying on a 20 pound fat vest and more.

Dr. Timothy McKnight, Board Certified Family Practitioner and Project Director of Trinity Hospital Twin City's Fit for Life program, is the primary instructor throughout the class session which is supplemented with professional guest speakers and other members of the Healthy Community Outreach team.

Registration for Fit for Life is open to any adult who resides in Tuscarawas, Carroll, Harrison or Guernsey counties.

The cost to join Fit for Life is $79 per person (less than $7 a week) and covers blood work to be completed before and after the class and a binder of information.

Fit for Life classes are made possible thanks to a grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Rural Health Policy.

To register for the Fit for Life sessions that begin on Sept. 4 or for more information, call 740-922-7450, ext. 2124. Over 1,300 community residents have "graduated" from Fit for Life over the past five years.

Many participants who have completed the program have lost weight and lowered their blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels and have reduced or eliminated medications.