Group aims to prevent teen pregnancy through CPS fitness classes

They aren’t the typical classes you’d expect to see inside Chicago Public Schools, ut for a couple of sticky summer days, Zumba, spinning, boot camp, yoga and some salsa, have become the focus of hundreds of high school students in the name of teen pregnancy prevention.

The prevention initiative which started in 2011 after CPS was awarded a nearly $20 million dollar federal grant aims at not only prevention, but healthier life choices.

And in Chicago organizers say healthy choices can also equal violence prevention.

280 CPS students are enrolled in the seven week Peer Health Ambassador Institute at 23 area high schools. The three day physical health challenge will wrap up the program for the summer, which has grown 100% every summer for the last four years.


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