Author: The MacDonald Family

Developing New Routines to Help Your Family During the Pandemic

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By Robyn Dos Santos

COVID-19 has drastically changed, and in some ways, taken away our daily family routines.  This can be very stressful.  In addition, due to the restrictions of social distancing, typical support from family, friends, and community has been dramatically reduced.  Routines help to build meaning in our lives and at this current, unprecedented time, families are challenged to build new, healthy routines within the guidelines proposed for safety.  We would like to offer some tips based on advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and UNICEF.

Developing New Routines

Structure each day to include what needs to be done (work, school, home care) as well as some free time. Including all family members in planning creates a sense of ownership.  Structure creates a sense of security to our days.

Include some time for fresh air (if allowed in your area to be outside) even if simply in your back yard. Continue to follow prescribed home routines to maintain wellness (daily stretching programs, breathing exercises).

Have each family member choose an activity for “free time”. It could be a board game, movie night, simple craft project, virtual “travel” to a place of interest.  Aim for 2 times a week.

Managing Stress

 
It is normal to feel stressed at a time such as this.  It is important to take care of yourself by managing stress.  Allow yourself to take a break and relax.  Make a list of 2-3 healthy activities that you can do at home that you enjoy and structure them into the week.  You deserve it!

Acknowledge that you can manage the amount of information about COVID-19 that you access. Be aware how you are affected by the barrage of information available; if it makes you feel empowered to make logical choices, fine.  If you feel overwhelmed, you may choose to manage exposure.  This reaction may change day to day as well. Remember, you are in charge.

Practice relaxation. A simple, 1-minute practice may help.  Sit quietly in a chair with feet on the ground, hands on thighs. Attend to your breath and the sensations in your body for one full minute.  Notice, without judging how you feel at this very moment.

Talking to children about COVID-19

Listen to your children’s questions and feelings.  You don’t need to know all the answers.  They are simply looking to you for support.  Be open and honest.  You are in this together.

Keeping Connected

Use of social media is more important now than ever. Teens really need to relate to their friends, and many families are using video applications to stay connected through virtual “storytime with grandparents”, virtual parties to celebrate events and regular check-ins can all help to feel connected to loved ones.

Using the regular postal service to send cards, pictures, and drawings.

Be Positive

At the end of each day, offer praise to each family member (include yourself) for something done well.  It could be practicing good hand hygiene, completing schoolwork, or getting along with siblings. Positive praise goes a long way in promoting change. 

Dinner Discussions

Start the Conversation About Wellness
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At Herren, we want to help families grow, heal and thrive together. We encourage you to make “family dinner” a goal this week and beyond. Take this time to start (or continue!) the conversation about wellness, mental health and substance use.  Connecting With Your Kids is Key! According to the Center on Addiction, children of all ages, especially teens, who sit down with their families three or more times per week are less likely to engage in risky behavior like using drugs and alcohol. They eat healthier, do better academically, have better relationships with their parents and peers and are less likely to be overweight. Genuine family connection can be a big part of wellness. We know that life is busy and sometimes, three dinners a week just isn’t possible, so make the most of the time you do have. Even if it’s just one dinner a week. Ask your kids how they are… how they really are. Listen and ask how you can best support them. Give advice when the moment is right and guide them to healthy coping skills to help them live well. Remind them you love them and are here for them. Sometimes, this simple reminder can go a long way.

Tips for Starting Family Dinners

It may not be easy at first to get everyone on board with a family dinner. Some might say they’re too busy, others might “not want to”. That’s alright! We all begin somewhere. If you can’t find time to make dinner happen, find 30 minutes a day to connect in other ways - go for a walk, talk on the way to school, even just chat with your kids about their day and if anything made them feel a certain way. The key is to start a conversation, no matter how big or small or when it is. 

Have a family meeting to pick a day (or days) and time of the week that works for everyone.

• Set a goal for how long you can sit down & work to increase the time every week.

• Stick to your weekly schedule! Consistency is key and eventually, you’ll create a habit and they’ll feel more comfortable coming to you when they need support.

• Plan and cook the meal together. Introduce a theme or a cuisine. Make it fun. Even have a family contest to see who can make the best dish for your meal!
• Italian night
• Asian night
• Mexican night
• Breakfast for dinner night

• Invite guests to your family dinner from time to time.

Real Talk – Start the conversation on wellness, mental health and substance use. 

• Ask how their day was
• Ask how they are feeling
• Check in about situations they are/were stressed about
• Ask about their friends and/or significant other
• Talk about healthy ways of handling stress
• Educate them on how substances make problems worse and how wellness can make a positive difference
• Share your personal experiences
• Keep it positive
• Be a good listener No topic is offlimits. Don’t be afraid to talk about uncomfortable things. Create a safe space for talking about anything. Value their opinions.

20 Steps to Wellness

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1) Get Enough Sleep - Sleep is vital to overall health and wellbeing so strive for 8 hours each night. Plan out a nighttime routine to help your body and mind get ready for bed and prepare you for a restful night’s sleep.

2. Exercise- A regular exercise routine promotes better sleep, boosts energy, improves your mood and improves your health. Plus, you can have fun and meet new people.

3. Drink Water- Staying hydrated helps our bodies in so many ways. It boosts brain function, energy levels and heart health & can even help with anxiety.

4. Spend Time in Nature- Go for a walk or just sit outside. Sunlight is beneficial for your health and boosts your happiness.

5. Turn Off Your Phone- Turn offyour phone for a set amount of time each day. Even 30 minutes a day can make a difference.

6. Practice Healthy Eating Habits- Good nutrition is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Fruits, veggies, beans and nuts are all key. Create a food diary, look at your habits and work toward making healthier changes.

7. Try Yoga- Try yoga or stretching to reduce stress and anxiety. Even 20 minutes a day will improve your mood and add to your overall health.

8. Write in a Journal- Record your thoughts, experiences and emotions in a notebook on a consistent basis. Acknowledging our feelings is a key part of wellness and self-care.

9. Practice Meditation and Mindfulness-  Allow your mind to go quiet and just be. Focusing attention on our breath helps reach this state and deep breathing has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety and negative emotions.

10. Recite Daily Positive Affirmations- The way we talk to ourselves matters and either empowers us or brings us down. Find a book of daily armations or make your own list. Write notes for yourself and leave them around your house. Use our “I AM” poster.

11. Keep a Gratitude Journal- Keep a gratitude journal with lists of things you’re grateful for. Studies have shown that having a gratitude-focused mindset creates a positive mood, greater sense of connectedness and helps us to sleep better.

12. Set New Lifestyle Goals- Set new lifestyle goals for yourself. These could be fitness, emotional, financial, career or social goals. Set attainable and healthy goals to help yourself succeed.

13. Make or Update Your Recovery Plan- If you are in recovery, make or update your recovery plan. It’s important to periodically look at your plan to reassess what’s not working and celebrate what is.

14. Try Something New- Get outside your comfort zone. Start a new class or hobby. Organize a book club. Personal growth helps to improve our wellbeing and personal satisfaction.

15. Volunteer- Volunteering helps to improve our mood, reduce stress and increase our sense of purpose. It helps us connect to the community around us and make a difference.

16. Be Creative Self-expression through dierent art forms has a healing power that promotes relaxation and reduces stress. Write a song, draw, sing, dance, however you like to express yourself.

17. Read an Uplifting Book- Read an uplifting book or watch an uplifting movie. The content we consume has a direct correlation to our mood, our perspective and how we see the world.

18. Go to a Support Group Meeting- Support from others is critical to our personal wellbeing and keeps us accountable.

19. Perform an Act of Kindness- Send a gift or note to someone. It improves the quality of life for others and for yourself as well. Acts of kindness have a positive impact on your health by decreasing stress and increasing inner peace and happiness.

20. Spend Time With People Who Lift You Up- Make time for yourself and enjoy the people that matter most to you. Spend time with friends and family who lift you up and encourage you to become the best version of yourself.

Why Exercise is So Helpful in Combating Addiction and Maintaining Long-term Sobriety

By: Jared Henry

Four years ago, I entered a rehabilitation center for the second time. When I think back on the time that my life was consumed by alcohol and drugs, there were a few common denominators that shaped how my time was spent. The first two were depression and anxiety. I used alcohol and drugs to self-medicate in an attempt to alleviate the physical symptoms that plagued my emotional well-being. The third was boredom; I filled my free time with drinking and using to escape any sense of restlessness I felt through prolonged bouts of inactivity. Many of those who struggle with substance use disorder will describe themselves as needing instant gratification, especially when it comes to alleviating symptoms of mental illness or boredom. When suffering from mental illness and/or experiencing long periods of inactivity, drugs and alcohol are often found to be the easiest way to escape the symptoms that coincide with their ailments, self-imposed or not. When I left my second treatment center, I was faced with the same dilemma I had encountered the first time – what do I do with my free time? The time that I had once occupied with drinking and using was now, once again, up to my own devices. What didn’t work the first time (returning back to my same lifestyle in a home that was unconducive to recovery), was definitely not going to work a second time. I had to make dramatic life-style changes in order to succeed in recovery. This time I began to focus on wellness, a balance of healthy habits in a conscious effort to create a positive change in my life. These habits included: maintaining an adequate sleep schedule, focusing on diet and nutrition, finding meaningful work that made me feel productive in society, and perhaps most importantly, physical activity. I say “most importantly” because of the scientifically proven, physical and psychological benefits that are gained through regular exercise. The idle time that was once occupied by self-medicating, now took the form of daily walks, bike rides, and swimming. Not only did I have something to do in my free time, I also felt healthier both mentally and physically.

As I mentioned earlier, wellness is a “conscious, deliberate process that requires a person to become aware of and make choices for a more satisfying lifestyle.” Physical activity is a crucial component in this process, as evidenced by its inclusion in the 8 Pillars of Wellness model. In relation to those in recovery, the benefits that regular exercise provide prove it to be one of the most effective ways in which to maintain prolonged, meaningful sobriety.

The Science of Exercise

The many benefits of exercise are well documented, through numerous journals and studies that come to the same conclusion: exercise is good for both body and mind. While physical activity has been shown to prevent cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, to help maintain healthy weight, amongst many other physical benefits, I’d like to highlight the psychological benefits gained through exercise. Regular exercise has been found to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety while boosting feelings of well-being. This includes alleviating stress. Studies have found that a high percentage of those suffering from substance use disorder also experience increased levels of stress. Stress has become an increasingly prevalent issue in society both in professional and personal settings. In fact, an astounding 60-80 percent of all visits to healthcare providers in the United States are related to stress, with most of those visits being linked to stress-induced cardiovascular and/or psychological diseases – including substance use disorder. When we consider how substance use has become so prevalent, it’s easy to see how effective it is in alleviating the symptoms of stress and other mental illnesses that are becoming increasingly commonplace in society as a whole. So how does exercise factor into this equation? For starters, physical activity allows the body to create natural endorphins that elevate mood and sense of well-being. You may have heard of the term “runner’s high” to describe the feeling one has after a long run. This is due to the increase of natural endorphins that are linked to the brain’s reward and pleasure center – the very same endorphins that are released when picking up a drink or drug. In relation to recovery, this is precisely why exercise is so important. The means of releasing endorphins must be replaced once in recovery and exercise provides that supplemental, natural high that we once received artificially through drugs and alcohol.

Exercise and Recovery

Now that we understand the chemical relation between regular exercise and the ways in which it helps to alleviate the symptoms that lead us to drink or use in the first place, it’s important to also look into why exercise is so crucial in recovery from another standpoint. Epidemiological studies (studies used to identify patterns of health and disease conditions) reveal that those in recovery who engage in regular exercise are less like to relapse. There are many theories as to why this is, but most researchers conclude this is due to a few basic mechanisms of action, as exercise:

• Provides pleasurable states of being without the use of drugs and alcohol

• Reduces negative mood

• Increases self-efficacy

• Provides a positive alternative to drinking

• Improves coping responses to stress

• Decreases urges to drink or use

Additionally, wellness in recovery involves actively pursuing positive lifestyle changes to develop fulfilling social and recreational activities that do not revolve around drinking or using. Exercise, being one of those activities, is especially effective because it is a free and easy way to occupy the unstructured time that was once spent using substances.

In my four years of recovery, I’ve had a lot of highs and lows. As I previously said there were a few common denominators that shaped how my time was spent while drinking and using, there are also commonalities in my behavior that I recognize when I’m having a tough time in recovery. One of those being the amount of time I dedicate to physical activity. I have noticed that when I am physically active, I have a much more positive sense of self-worth, I am more productive and engaged in my work, and I am noticeably happier in general. I believe that many people in recovery can relate to the idea that when we are actively pursuing a better life for ourselves, having those highs is crucial to sustaining recovery. In that sense, it is easy to see why exercise is so important in recovery. In the pursuit of wellness, I encourage those who may be struggling with feelings of low self-worth, stress, or anything that may be hindering a fulfilling life to put aside some time during your day and focus on a physical activity. Whether it be a run, bike ride or even a walk around the block, exercise is a proven way to boost your mental and physical health and why it is so important in sustained recovery.

Sources:
https://www.integration.samhsa.gov/health-wellness/wellness-strategies/stress-management
https://www.integration.samhsa.gov/pbhci-learning-community/06.29.16_Nutrition_and_Physical_Activity_EBPs.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3276339/

What is Wellness?

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Why Wellness is Vital to Prevention and Recovery from Addiction

Wellness is a term we hear a lot these days, and most people correctly interpret it as an overall sense of wellbeing and health. For people in recovery, however, there is a deeper meaning to the term wellness, and it encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual health that builds the foundation upon which recovery grows and thrives.

What is Wellness?

 

According to The National Wellness Institute, wellness is an “active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence”. While there are many dimensions to overall wellness, for people in recovery wellness begins with abstaining from mind-altering substances.

Many people view recovery as living a life that is absent of drugs and/or alcohol, when in fact putting down substances is but a vital first step on a longer, lifelong journey of life choices that prioritize our physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

When we break free from active substance use, we make a conscious choice to prioritize wellness and be fully present in our lives and emotions.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, it could be a sign that you’re having a cardiac event such as a heart attack. Or, it could be signaling that you are developing something like heart disease. Either way, it’s best to address your doctor immediately and make them aware of these symptoms. 

 

Physical Wellness

 

Physical wellness is the platform upon which we build a sustainable recovery. Our bodies take a physical toll in active substance use, and it takes time to allow our bodies to heal in recovery. It starts with basic physical needs, like proper nutrition, healthy sleep hygiene, and physical fitness. In early recovery, it’s important to prioritize these building blocks of wellness in order to create a strong foundation upon which we improve our emotional and spiritual health as well.

• Exercise

Exercise allows the body to become stronger and healthier, but for people in early recovery, there is more to exercise than that. Substance use alters and depletes the neurotransmitters in our brain which create serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, releasing naturally occurring feelings of wellbeing. When we exercise, our brains release these chemicals, which elevates mood, restores energy, and produces feelings like self-esteem, happiness, and joy. These emotions bolster our recovery and combat feelings of shame, remorse, anger, and sadness that can hinder a sustainable recovery.

• Nutrition

In active substance use, basic nutritional needs are often ignored, and this takes an enormous physical toll on our bodies. For many people in early recovery, the concept of eating a nutritious, balanced diet is foreign or forgotten, and beginning a routine of eating healthy foods on a regular basis needs to be established. It’s important to nourish our bodies with the essential vitamins and minerals that are depleted during active substance use, and nurture habits that incorporate healthy choices like consuming vegetables, protein, whole grains, and proper hydration. Establishing these habits is essential in early recovery, to ensure proper nutrition that fuels the body, restores health, produces energy, and enhances recovery.

• Sleep

Sleep habits are often disrupted during active substance use and establishing proper sleep hygiene in early recovery can take time. Disrupted or insufficient sleep leaves us irritable, depleted, lethargic, and even hopeless. These feelings hinder recovery and are an obstacle to achieving physical wellness, even with proper exercise and nutrition. Establishing a regular sleep routine is essential in early recovery, as part of overall wellness in which recovery thrives.

In active substance use we sleep at irregular times, and in recovery, we can establish a regular bedtime, and wake up rested and refreshed. Establishing a regular time to wake up in the morning is also important, as is ensuring we get the proper number of hours of sleep each night to make our mental and physical health stronger.

 

Emotional Wellness

 

Emotional wellness plays a pivotal role in everyday life as well as in recovery. Emotions become highly dysregulated and masked in active substance use and building skills to identify and manage the myriad of emotions experienced in early recovery is essential.

Emotional wellness isn’t solely about being happy or experiencing joy. It’s building awareness of all feelings, moods, thoughts, and behaviors, and identifying ways in which they help or hinder recovery. Establishing a practice of self-awareness, and the skills needed to manage the full scope of all our emotions is vital in recovery. Emotional wellness helps us understand and accept however we feel, without the urge to escape through substances or other maladaptive behaviors.

Emotional wellness allows us to make different choices about how we handle relationships, boundaries, guilt, shame, and remorse – all of which can be problematic in early recovery. By establishing a practice of self-awareness (mindfulness), compassion, gratitude, and forgiveness of self and others, we build a sustainable and successful recovery.

 

Spiritual Wellness

 

Spirituality means different things to different people, and in recovery, we have the freedom to discover a higher sense of purpose that goes beyond self. There is no ‘right’ way to pursue spirituality; anything that allows us to feel connected to something greater than ourselves and leaves us feeling enriched and connected is spiritual.

All of these habits are not only detrimental to your overall physical and mental health, but also over time they can take a number on your heart. These habits are truly the gateway to high blood pressure, heart attacks, cardiac arrest, heart disease, and stroke. Much like losing weight, replacing unhealthy habits with healthy ones is very difficult to do on your own. Confide in someone you can trust like a spouse, sibling, parent, close friend, or medical professional/counselor to support you in your journey. Not only will your heart thank you for letting go of these habits, but your mental state and overall wellness will get a boost, too! 

When we are overwhelmed, anxious, challenged, or even excited, a spiritual foundation keeps us ‘right-sized’ and gives us perspective on our role in the greater good of all things. This gives us a sense of comfort, wellbeing, and community that fuel our recovery. Active substance use often involves a fixation on self and our own needs, and a spiritual practice allows us to expand our thinking beyond ourselves.

Wellness Week With Herren

March 2-7th Join Herren Project, Herren Talks and Herren Wellness for Wellness Week 2020! Together, we can help ourselves and others to truly live well. Schools, communities, businesses, individuals, and families are all encouraged to participate. Oftentimes, when we’re met with stress, we resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms – like drugs or alcohol. Wellness Week is all about practicing healthy ways of handling life’s challenges. Each day of the week, we encourage you to practice an element of wellness and bring the message of wellbeing to your school, workplace, family or community. Show your spirit by wearing purple & join us for events, encouraged actions, online webinars, and social media contests. Let’s celebrate the beauty of wellness, recovery and the power of being you and living well. wellnessweekwithherren.com.

Is Your Heart as Healthy as You Think?

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It’s American Heart Month– Is Your Heart as Healthy as You Think?

February is American Heart Month– a reminder to review your daily routine and adjust any habits that could be impacting your heart health. Below, we’ve compiled the seven best tips to keep your heart healthy! 

 

Recognize the symptoms

 

Unfortunately, heart issues can affect anyone at any time– so it is especially important to understand the possible symptoms. Seek medical attention immediately if you’re encountering the most extreme of symptoms such as: acute chest pain/tightness/pressure, shortness of breath, pain or numbness in your arms or legs, or severe pain in the neck, jaw, throat, abdomen, or back. 

If you experience any of the above symptoms, it could be a sign that you’re having a cardiac event such as a heart attack. Or, it could be signaling that you are developing something like heart disease. Either way, it’s best to address your doctor immediately and make them aware of these symptoms. 

 

Eat clean

 

The path to a healthy heart starts with a clean diet. Take the time to really sit down and consider all of the things you eat throughout any given week. Do you consume a lot of processed foods, fatty meats, simple carbs, and sugary sweets? If so, they may be contributing to excess weight and clogged arteries– two of the biggest culprits of causing heart attacks and heart disease. 

Over time, slowly swap out these foods for healthier alternatives. Making one small change at a time is important– if you make too many changes too quickly, it will be more difficult to successfully adapt to the change. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to nutrition and finding balance in your diet, we have a team of nutrition consultants who are qualified to guide you into a world of healthier nutritional choices.  Many of our members will consult a certified weight loss program such as Weight Watchers which may be beneficial by educating you about different foods. Developing a healthy diet will help to lower your body fat percentage and decrease your risk of developing heart disease. As an added bonus, you will likely find that you feel less bloated and foggy day to day, and instead, more energized and focused! 

 

Get exercise 

 

It’s no surprise that diet and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to a healthy heart. Of course, exercise aids in weight loss which in turn promotes clear and healthy arteries, but it also helps to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control. 

The best type of exercise for a healthy heart is a combination of mixed cardio and yoga. Different types of mixed cardio include high-intensity interval training (HIIT), running, walking, swimming, kickboxing, cardio boot camps, and sports. Finishing your workout with stretching or yoga is a great added bonus for your heart health as it helps you control your breathing and promotes oxygen flow to the heart and throughout the body. Click here to view our group classes and find a cardio workout that fits into your schedule! We have an incredible team of Certified Personal Trainers who’ll help coach you into better heart health!

 

Quit unhealthy habits

 

Now is the time to be honest with yourself about the habits you have developed or are in the process of developing. Are you a smoker or binge drinker? Or, are you someone who copes with stress by using food to numb uncomfortable feelings? Worse yet, are you someone who uses drugs regularly or “even once in a while” in social situations?

All of these habits are not only detrimental to your overall physical and mental health, but also over time they can take a number on your heart. These habits are truly the gateway to high blood pressure, heart attacks, cardiac arrest, heart disease, and stroke. Much like losing weight, replacing unhealthy habits with healthy ones is very difficult to do on your own. Confide in someone you can trust like a spouse, sibling, parent, close friend, or medical professional/counselor to support you in your journey. Not only will your heart thank you for letting go of these habits, but your mental state and overall wellness will get a boost, too! 

We’re here to help you stay happy and healthy.  Please speak with Wellness Director Tracy Riley for advice.  tracy@worcesterfitness.com

Tracy Riley Named Director of Wellness at Worcester Fitness

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Tracy Riley Named Director of Wellness at Worcester Fitness

Worcester Fitness announced today that Tracy Riley has been named the companies Director of Wellness, and will be responsible for designing and implementing fitness and wellness programs as well as overseeing a team of personal trainers and group exercise instructors.

“Our company prides itself on its 42-year history of industry-leading fitness programming and wellness strategies.” Co-Owner Andrea Shliapa said this morning. “Tracy has played a crucial role in that commitment by introducing several new training concepts as well as nationally recognized programs. As Director of Wellness, she’ll now be in a position to concentrate on improving our fitness and wellness products club-wide.”

Riley has served as a certified personal trainer and fitness specialist for Worcester Fitness, both part-time and full-time since 2003. During that time, she has shaped many of the company's advanced training programs including Spartan Race Training.

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Andy Sharry Named Business Development and Sales Director at Worcester Fitness

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Worcester Fitness announced today that Andy Sharry has been named the companies Director of Sales and Business Development, and will concentrate on developing new strategic partnerships in the community including corporate business development.

“Expanding our visibility in the corporate wellness space is a major priority for our company,” General Manager Tim MacDonald said this morning. “Our club has experienced significant growth in the membership category working one-on-one with members. With Andy’s leadership, we are prioritizing our efforts to become the number one corporate fitness and wellness program provider in central Massachusetts.”

Sharry has served as Director of Fitness and Wellness for Worcester Fitness since 2015. During that time, his concentration on membership experience and group fitness programming resulted in measurable increases in retention and program participation.

Prior to joining Worcester Fitness, Sharry served in a leadership role for the YMCA of Central Massachusetts.

Photo Credit - Kill The Ball Media

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Worcester Fitness Joins Wellness Week with Herren Fitness Challenge

Monday, March 2 - Saturday, March 7

Addiction impacts the lives of so many people in our community. We're partnering with the Herren Project in their inaugural Wellness Week from March 2nd - March 7th. Stay tuned for several ways you can partake in this important nationwide prevention initiative and wellness movement! Click the link and register as the organization: Worcester Fitness.

Worcester Fitness joins Chris Herren and members of the Herren organizations during Wellness Week with Herren for the Herren Fitness Challenge.

Exercise is a great for our bodies and our minds. It’s a key part of wellness, so participate in our Herren Fitness Challenge during Wellness Week with Herren to take your wellbeing to the next level.

Track your wellness journey throughout the 6 days of Wellness Week using a FitBit, an Apple watch or any fitness app on your phone. Keep track of your steps, water intake and minutes of exercise each day. Use our personal fitness log to set your goals and keep track of your progress throughout the week.

Take a snapshot of your results and share your progress on social media with the hashtag #HerrenFitnessChallenge or email your progress to prevention@herrenproject.org with the subject line - Herren Fitness Challenge.

We will be celebrating your wellness milestones everyday with daily random drawings for Wellness Week with Herren prizes.

* Reach 12 or more of your daily goals by March 7 and you will be entered into our grand prize drawing for a FitBit. Winner will be announced on March 9.

Joining is SIMPLE - Start tracking your fitness activities!
 
Don't forget - Wear something purple and share the photos with any of the hashtags: #wellnessweekwithherren #beyoulivewell
 
Participants MUST take a daily photo at the end of the day of their score sheet and post to FB/Instagram with hashtags: #HerrenFitnessChallenge and #worcesterfitness or email to andy@worcesterfitness.com
 
At the end of the week, these prizes will be awarded to each individual winner.
 
• Most Steps: 45-minute massage
• Highest Water Intake: 45-minute nutrition session
• Highest Minutes of Exercise: 45-minute personal training session
 
Grand Prize Chosen at Random:
• Herren Project Purple t-shirt
• 36 Ounce Purple Yeti Rambler
• 30 minute massage
• 30 minute nutrition
• 30 minute personal training
 
Here is a link to your Personal Fitness Log!

Year Three of Campaign to Support Why Me Sherry's House

Why Me is holding its 3rd annual Spin for Kids on Sunday March 8th at Worcester Fitness.  Why Me families will tell their stories throughout the morning, motivating the riders to find the determination needed to push through  3+ hours on a spin bike, inspiring all of us. " Our Spin for Kids events have been so incredible! says Andy Sharry of Worcester Fitness, our team has raised $60,000 in two years of Spin for Kids. It's all to support the children and families served by Why Me/Sherry's House."

This year the Worcester Fitness team has set a goal of $40,000. "Our 2020 is aggressive but achievable." says Sharry,  "This would put us over $100,000 raised in three years!" Fundraising pages for all those who participate are available.  Each bike is required to raise a minimum of $300.00.  Learn more about Spin for Kids at Worcester Fitness by visiting https://whyme.org/campaign_event/spin-for-kids/

Photo Credit- Joe Santa Maria

Welcome to the Neighborhood Steam Energy!

Thanks for the awesome shout out Niche Hospitality! We're looking forward to meeting our new neighbors at Steam Energy Cafe...the menu looks fantastic. Welcome to the neighborhood!

STEAM-ENERGY

Photo Credit- Christine Peterson/Worcester Telegram