DENNISON -- Trinity Hospital Twin City is welcoming registrations from community members who would like to learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes through Fit for Life classes.

Registration is taking place now through Monday, Jan. 13 or until the class session is full.

Fit for Life classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 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 less than an hour and a half, 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 and Your Health, Eat to Live, Flexibility Fitness, Stress Management, and Disease Prevention and 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 5 pounds of fat, trying on a 20 pound fat vest and more.

Dr. Timothy McKnight, Board Certified Family Physician 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 that include the following: Coach Dick Hartzell, founder of JumpStretch, Inc.; Dr. Mike Jakubowski, Chiropractor, Twin City Chiropractic; and other members of the Fit for Life team.

Registration for Fit for Life is open to adults of all ages.

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 full of information.

Fit for Life classes are funded in part through a grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Rural Health Policy.

To register for the Fit for Life session that begins on Jan. 14 or for more information, call 740-922-7450, ext. 2124. Over 1,400 community residents have "graduated" from Fit for Life over the past seven 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.