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Free GO! 217 Fitness Programs Help Kick off New Year’s Resolutions

To help people kick-start their new year’s resolutions, the first GO! 217 workout will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 inside Erin’s Pavilion at Southwind Park. Springfield’s own Olympic gold medalist, Ryan Held, will send a video message to inspire participants to commit to their resolutions in 2018. In partnership with FitClub, a special form-focused boot camp will be presented. The event is free and registration is not required. Bring a friend, yoga mat (optional) and drink – hydration is important!

In partnership with County Market, GO! 217 will also hold a free “Healthy Eating through the Aisles: Fitness Edition” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Veterans Parkway County Market. Special guest Sonya Jones will open the program. The event is open to the public and registration is not required. Meet in the produce aisle.
Free workouts will be held regularly on the first Thursday of each month and nutrition programs will be announced as scheduled. The goal of GO! 217 is to keep our community moving and improve the overall health of everyone who lives in the 217 area code. This program is geared toward the cities where our Hospital Sisters Health System central Illinois hospitals are located – Springfield, Decatur, Litchfield and Shelbyville. 
GO! 217’s partnerships have grown. This year’s partners include HSHS St. John’s Hospital, the Springfield Park District, FitClub, Scheels, County Market, American Lung Association, Joslin Diabetes Center, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, HSHS St. Francis Hospital, FIT-to-GO in Litchfield, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, Obesity Coalition of Macon County, Snap Fitness, Shelby County Senior Center and Primo Designs. Together we are all committed to helping our communities improve their health and wellness through GO! 217.
Learn more about upcoming community workouts, receive fitness and diet tips at the GO! 217 Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GO217) or visit www.go217.org. If you have questions, email go217@hshs.org or call 217-814-7857.


About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org

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