Nonprofit gym gives busy Boston moms a break with free childcare, income-based fees 0

Busy Boston moms on a tight budget can keep their New Year’s resolutions to get in shape thanks to Healthworks Community Fitness, a nonprofit gym in Dorchester that serves women and children exclusively. The gym, with locations at Codman Square and St. Mary’s, determines membership fees by income and provides free childcare to those who need it.

“This gym is very helpful and convenient,” says Rita Bufford, a Hyde Park resident who has been a member of Healthworks at Codman for 18 months. “It saves me from having to spend money on a babysitter and also gives me time to work out.”

Bufford, a single mother, has a six-year-old son, Nathan, who participates in the youth fitness program at Heathworks.  “I love that they offer free childcare services and fitness classes. My favorite class is Zumba,” says Bufford.

Heathworks is the only full-service fitness center serving women and children in the country. The gym features state-of-the-art equipment, group exercises and complimentary wellness coaching. In addition, thanks to a partnership with Tufts Medical School, members can enjoy free nutrition counseling.

Lauren Broadhurst, the executive director at Healthworks at Codman, feels that Healthworks is a beneficial organization because it “Brings women from all over together with a common goal, to be healthy.” Currently, she says, “The gym’s ultimate goal is to serve 1,500 members on a consistent basis. We still need several hundred more members to reach that goal.”

For more information on the Healthworks organization, go to www.healthworkscommunityfitness.org.