Peoria man finds passion in helping children in Peoria Public Schools

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PEORIA, Ill. — Students at Harrison Primary School are finding ways to get up and stay active, all with the help of one local gym.

Anytime Fitness in Peoria saw a need in finding healthier and fun ways to exercise for students within peoria public schools.

Jour’nee, a student at Harrison, goes to an after school program every Thursday that enables her to get in her weekly dose of fitness and fun.

“I love this class so much it means everything,” she said. 

Doug Pinter wanted to find a way to give back to Peoria Public Schools, so he decided to do it in the best way he knew how: Exercise. 

“I think there’s the want for change to create healthier lifestyles, just not everyone has the resources or means to do so,” Pinter said. “To see these kids gain confidence, increase their nutrition, they are burning off stress in a healthy way.”

But excercice wasn’t their only focus, with the help of members at Anytime Fitness, they donate food to make sure kids have meals to take home with them.

“I found out when kids go on breaks here, some of them are nervous about breaks because they dont have food at home, and I just cant imagine and this is happening right in our community,” Pinter explained. “I’ve been blessed, the members of Anytime Fitness Peoria, I get to do what I love every day, so giving back to the kids thats where it’s at.”

And he’s not planning on stopping any time soon.

“It will just continue to increase and my staff and I are dedicated to helping create positive change in the community and we will help out the Peoria Public Schools however we possibly can,” he said. 

Pinter said he is always changing up the activities so the kids stay entertained, and that he hopes to expand not only within Peoria Public Schools, but Harrison as well, eventually doing more than just one workout day.

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