NOLANVILLE — Promoting wellness and ensuring people are actively moving is a goal one Nolanville resident wants to bring to the community free of charge.

The Nolanville City Council recently approved Army Maj. Kara Escajeda’s proposal to use the J.W. Sims Community Center to conduct free workout sessions twice a week.

“It’s a nice program for a small community to have,” she said.

Although most of the workouts will be conducted outside, the community center would be beneficial during inclement weather, she said.

“During the kick-off I hope to start with a nutritional class and promote the program with goals and objectives of wellness,” Escajeda said.

Councilman Dennis Biggs, who wants the community center to be more accessible to residents, made the motion to waive the fees for Escajeda to use the community center and the council approved.

“I think it’s really good,” said Mayor Christina Rosenthal.

“Boy, do I need to workout.”

The mayor also offered to pay Escajeda’s deposit fee for the center.

“For someone to volunteer her time and her own money to cover liability is great,” she said. “I’d like to see a lot of people come and take advantage of something that is free.”

The fitness program will help residents who can’t afford to go to other gyms, Escajeda said.

She plans to start classes in April.

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