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Focused Fitness expanding, will add a gym to its new office in Spokane Valley

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A Spokane Valley childhood health and fitness publisher, Focused Fitness, is expanding its operations and will move into a 18,000-square-foot building next spring.

That new building will include offices and a 4,200-square-foot gym where staff can give hands-on training for health educators using its fitness tools.

Started 10 years ago by owners Karen Cowan and Ron Malm, the company develops and produces youth-focused health and fitness materials used by school districts and youth centers.

The new building and gym will allow staff workers to provide training to customers using the Focused Fitness programs. The company will also offer open-enrollment sessions to give potential customers a chance to examine program options first-hand.

For several years the firm has worked from its office at 2406 S. Dishman Mica Road.

The new building, expected to be ready in March 2012, is down the street at 2426 S. Dishman Mica Road. The two-story, $1.7 million facility is being built by F2 Enterprises, a property company also owned by Cowan and Malm.

Focused Fitness has 17 employees and continues growing, according to Cowan. Driving much of the growth is increased awareness on childhood obesity and the need for a research-based set of programs to counter that concern, she added.

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