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Nevin Community Center.

The City of Richmond wants its residents to get fit and stay fit with help from its new – and free – fitness room at the Nevin Community Center in the Iron Triangle neighborhood.

The new fitness room offers five high-tech exercise machines including a treadmill, chest press, seated row, exercise bike and walking strider, according to the city.

The fitness room will be open for public use from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and machines are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. While the cost is currently free, it is “subject to change at any time,” city officials said.

Also, a new program promoting healthy eating is scheduled to begin at Nevin on Tuesday. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. weekly, community members can sign up to receive bags of produce and attend cooking workshops that will reportedly show how their produce can be used in the kitchen.

“Medical staff will also be on hand to check your blood pressure, diabetes, and other health-related concerns” during the two-hour sessions, officials said.

The program, called the Richmond Community Health Hub, is presented by LIFTlevantate, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting youth and family wellness in low-income communities. The West Contra Costa County Food Bank is delivering the produce for the program.

According to this 2011 Richmond Confidential story, the Nevin center was recently rehabilitated due to pressure from residents concerned about public safety and a lack of programs for children and seniors. City Manager Bill Lindsay helped facilitate a partnership with various departments and organizations to fund programs at Nevin.