The facility will provide fitness equipment along with classes promoting meditation, eating, and healthy lifestyle changes.

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A key to fighting chronic illness and diabetes starts with an overall healthy lifestyle. Promoting healthy living is one of the goals of Unity Health Care, as they open a new wellness suite at the Anacostia Health Center in Southeast DC.

The facility will provide fitness equipment along with classes promoting meditation, eating, and healthy lifestyle changes. The aim is to provide access and education to an area that has higher diabetes and heart disease rates than the rest of the region.

Unity Health Care's President and CEO Vincent A. Keane says, "A lot of people and health statistics show that lots and lots of people have genetic problems related to their life that really impact their health care. However, it's really important to know that you can do an awful lot of stuff by changing lifestyle."

A grant from Pepco made it possible to provide the wellness facility and programs for the residents of Ward 8, and is available to all residents of the District.

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