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Healthy eating, active living is the goal

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Officers for Comunidad Latina en Accion, Baldemar Lopez, Minda Morton, Israel and Blanca Reynoso, and Guadalupe Estrada (left to right) are introduced and hand out prizes at the dance, which was held for all ages at the fairgrounds. The local group Comunidad Latina en Accion hosted a dance fundraiser at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Nov. 9.

CLEA is a community-driven group that aims to promote healthy eating and active living for all Latino families in Jefferson County. The group consists of around 20 individuals who would like to see the area community get healthier.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Erin Tofte presents a bicycle to Abraham Torres.The group has also selected a leadership team that consists of Guadalupe Estrada (president), Israel Reynoso (vice president), Blanca Reynoso (treasurer), and Gabriela Diaz (secretary).

The dance brought together nearly 200 adults and 65 children, and all ages enjoyed the music and dancing. The Group Magnum 501 and DJ Dino donated their time and talents to play music for the dance.

Food vendors Tacos Emanuel and Eulalia Burgos from La Cabanita provided a healthy, delicious menu. A raffle of donated prizes included four bikes and three gift baskets. Bikes were donated by Reynoso Jewelry, Madras Produce, and Guadalupe Estrada. Each bike winner also received a helmet from the Safe Routes to School program.

The gift baskets were donated by the Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition and the Jefferson County Health Department’s Healthy Communities program. Madras Athletic Club also provided several complimentary introductory memberships.

The funds raised from the dance will support future fitness activities and nutrition education for the Latino community.

This fall and winter, CLEA will be offering a Zumba class, volleyball, and a CrossFit training class. Zumba will be every Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Nov. 22 to Jan. 17, at Studio K, for parents and children 8 years and up.

CLEA will also be meeting for volleyball through the Family University Program at Madras Primary every Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. Finally, the CrossFit training class will run every Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Madras Athletic Club, Nov. 18 to Jan. 6, for children 12 and up and their parents.

These activities are offered to the community free of charge. Everyone interested is invited to attend and help CLEA in building a stronger, healthier Latino community.

For more information, contact either Erin Tofte at 541-325-5001, ext. 4221, or Minda Morton at 541-325-5040. People can also find out more about Comunidad Latina en Accion on the Facebook page “CLEA.”

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