GirlForce 2017 offers free fitness classes to girls 1218

Jazzercise in Cleveland Heights has launched a new initiative for 2017 to support the growth and development of young women by offering free classes to girls ages 12–18, accompanied by a paying adult.

Dubbed GirlForce, the program aims to empower young women by giving them a place to get fit, learn healthy habits, and find a place [where] they belong in their communities.

Judi Sheppard Missett, founder and CEO of Jazzercise, attended the State of Women Summit hosted by the White House last June. It was at that meeting, which covered the importance of helping young girls as they grow, that this initiative was born.

“Being fit and active can help young girls not only with their health and body image, but also with their self-confidence,” said Mary Beth McCann, who runs the CH Jazzercise franchise.

In Jazzercise classes, girls can dance and sweat out the stress of their school day, and it's a great bonding activity.

Classes meet at the CH Community Center, One Monticello Blvd., Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m, Saturday at 8:45 a.m., and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Classes are open to residents of all communities.

For more information contact Mary Beth McCann at or 440-655-5394.

Amy Barr

Amy Barr, a Cleveland Heights resident, has taken Jazzercise for 15 years and is currently a class manager.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 1:36 PM, 01.31.2017