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New fitness center opens in Welch

One McDowell County agency is trying to make a dent in the county's health issues.

Monday morning the Counsel of Southern Mountains Fitness Center officially opened in Welch.  Community leaders were some of the first to try out the equipment.

Several groups helped make the project a reality.

Using the center cost individuals $20 a month.

With McDowell County's high rates of diabetes and obesity, organizers are hoping many will take advantage of the facility.

"People are begging us to get it open. They realize they need physical fitness. They realize that this is an important part of wellness and of preventing disease," says Randall Johnson, Executive Director of Counsel of Southern Mountains.

Johnson says there is also a certified trainer and nutritionist on staff to develop individual programs to individual needs.

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