Female Inmates Battle Weight Gain

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Summary

Women incarcerated at the Riverside Correctional Facility in Philadelphia take part in a spinning class run by Gearing Up. Amanda Cortes (second from left) lost 90 pounds in a year. Bastiaan Slabbers for NPR

Women incarcerated at the Riverside Correctional Facility in Philadelphia take part in a spinning class run by Gearing Up. Amanda Cortes (second from left) lost 90 pounds in a year.
Bastiaan Slabbers for NPR


TakeAways

You may have heard about Spinning classes. They are popular during winter months here in Illinois. You get to work up a sweat and can ride hilly terrain as well as race across flat sections all from the comfort and safety of your stationary bike. And it takes care of the question of whether a group of riders can operate without running red lights and blowing through stop signs.

Now this technology is being introduced to prisons where inmates are fighting not only the emotional stresses of incarceration but also the battle of the bulge from relative inactivity.