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MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) - The city of McKinney has partnered with Cooper Aerobics Center to offer free memberships in May for residents. It’s an effort, according to McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller, to  reduce soaring health care costs and promote healthy living.

“Companies that are moving into the area whether it be here Plano or Allen they’re all looking for environments where you have a healthy lifestyle,” said Mayor Loughmiller.

Nearly 150 residents have already signed up and hit the gym.

“I just want to get fit. I want to be here for my boys a little longer,” said 32-year-old mother Kara Hart, who now works out for free at the 75,000 square-foot fitness center.

City officials said its health care costs for 800 employees tripled to 13 million in recent years.

McKinney and the Cooper Aerobics Center are hosting a special event on May 17 to promote their healthy collaboration.

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