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Curves Collects Groceries In Lieu Of Membership Fee
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The Curves girls surround the shopping cart that is getting filled up with donated non-perishable items for delivery later this month to Oakdale Community Sharing. Samantha Hosker of Curves, second from left, said the food drive allows new members to join without a registration fee if they bring in the bag of groceries for the local effort. Similar drives are ongoing at the Escalon and Riverbank Curves locations this month as well. - photo by Marg Jackson/The Leader

With some 10,000 locations nationwide, it’s not surprising that Curves enjoys a booming business in each of the three local communities of Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon.

During March, the popular and successful women’s fitness centers offer up another option for potential members. Bring a grocery bag full of food to help your community and join for free. The membership fee is waived in March for those bringing the groceries (specific dollar value amount applies) for donation to local food cupboards.

Give food and get healthy at the same time.

The locations in the tri-city area are collecting food for uses in their individual communities this month.

In Oakdale, the site on North Third will donate all their collected food to the Community Sharing program. Curves in Escalon will take their items to the local C.A.R.E. food cupboard, just up the block on Second Street and in Riverbank, the Curves on Santa Fe in the downtown area will also help out, collecting food for Riverbank Christian Food Sharing.

Officials of the weight loss-fitness centers agreed that giving back to the community is something they enjoy doing and new members can get their money’s worth by donating the groceries and signing up for free.

Curves offers a 30-minute circuit workout, with several cardio-type machines, exercise boards and ‘recovery’ stations included, with members able to go around the circuit from two to three times during the 30-minute workout.

Many attend two or three times a week and the group in Oakdale on a recent morning were all smiles and offered shouts of encouragement to each other as they made their way around the circuit or exchanged greetings as others arrived to start a later session. In the middle of the equipment, the mound of donated food items continues to grow.

Collection continues this week, and there are just a few more days to get in on the deal. Call for more information, Curves Oakdale at 845-0553; Curves Escalon at 838-3740; or Curves Riverbank at 869-2501.