This past weekend we hosted our 3rd annual Burpees for Turkeys event to help raise money to end food insecurity in Maine.
Maine ranks 7th in the nation in terms of food insecurity. 1 in 5 children in Maine live with food insecurity meaning they lack the nutritious foods to live a healthy lifestyle.
As a mother, this is devastating to me. I can not imagine not having the resources to feed my child. And yes - I am that mother that carries snacks everywhere and my 3 year old knows how to hit me in the super soft spot.
If he wants to delay the bedtime routine - he can say in a little voice with big eyes “but I am hungry.” I know that he is playing me but it turns me inside out every single time.
Every. Single. Time.
For a lot of families in our state, mothers are making the decision to keep the heat on or to feed their families. That must be an incredible struggle. Knowing that your child is truly hungry (not playing you) and not having the ability to fill their little bellies.
I am so thankful for organizations like the Good Shepherd Food Bank whose mission is to end food insecurity in Maine. They are the hub that distributes the food to our local food pantries in Maine.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank is doing an amazing job to help ensure these children and families have the food they need in order to live a healthy life. They have a huge focus of not only filling bellies but by providing nutritious food from local Maine Farms through their Mainers Feeding Mainers Program. Something that I am incredibly proud to support.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank is able to leverage the money we raise through our Burpees for Turkeys event and stretch the dollars to do the most good. They can feed a hungry child for an entire week with just a $5 donation.
Just $5 per week feeds a hungry child for an entire week. AMAZING!
They can provide 4 meals to families in need with just a $1 donation.
We are so proud to say that with this event, we have raised over $9,500. That is 38,097 meals for Maine families who otherwise would have been hungry. OR - enough to prevent 36 children from being hungry for an entire year.
We are so thankful for the way that our community pulled together to create this kind of impact in our community. For our event this past Saturday, we had over 80 clients sign up to help raise money to end hunger in Maine.
One of our clients, Tammy McLaughlin raised over $900 which translated to about 188 burpees. Now, if you don’t know what a burpee is… it can be summed up as everyone's least favorite exercise.
188 burpees is a lot of burpees.
That didn’t stop Tammy from hitting the fundraising to end hunger in Maine hard, in her WABI 5 interview, she said “I am willing to do as many burpees as people will pay me to do.” She is a great sport and did an incredible job knocking out those burpees!
It feels good to make an impact. Knowing that you have done something to make the world just a little bit better. I feel a strong connection towards helping end food insecurity in Maine which is why I have partnered with the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
If you don’t already, I would encourage you to find a cause that you connect with and go after it this holiday season. It could be as simple as volunteering a few hours of your time, or bringing awareness to the issue you are passionate about, or just donating a little bit of money - it can go a very long way!
It is incredibly inspiring and uplifting to know that you have made a difference in the world and it is easier than you may think. You would be amazed out how much you can fill your spirit and IMPACT your community by supporting others who are in need.
We have already started the planning process for Burpees for Turkeys next year and we are excited to have even more of an impact to help end hunger in Maine.
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Wilcox Wellness & Fitness is so proud to announce our partnership with Sarah’s House in Maine. We have pledged to raise $5,000 annually for this incredible organizations through our new Check-Ins for Charity Campaign.
Sarah’s House has overwhelming support from the community at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness and we are incredibly excited to be supporting this incredible organization.
Sarah’s House provides a ‘comfortable home away from home’ for cancer patients and their caregivers while they are receiving cancer treatments in the Bangor area. Sarah’s House serves people in Maine who need to travel more than 30 miles to receive their medical treatments.
At Sarah’s House, patients and caregivers tap into a wonderful support community and are able to connect with others who are fighting the same fight with cancer.
I first learned about Sarah’s House through a Rotary presentation about a year ago. Being from a remote community in Maine, I was very moved by the amazing work that they do to support people who are traveling to receive medical treatments.
I didn’t know Sarah personally but I do know that she was about my age when she was diagnosed with cancer and her daughter was about the same age as my son. I was very moved by her story and her ability to go through the most difficult time of her life and still fight to help ease the burden for others.
The past few weeks we have been meeting with the organizers and board members of Sarah’s House. We are even more excited to get behind their mission, give back, and do more good.
If you have a few minutes today and want to learn more about Sarah's House- take some time to watch this video. (get the tissues ready)
Here is how our check-in for charity program works – every time a client checks in to Wilcox Wellness & Fitness on Facebook we will provide a donation to Sarah’s House. We will tally up all the check-ins on a monthly basis and cut a check directly to Sarah’s House.
We are so excited to be working on this new initiative to support Sarah’s House!
You Check-In. We Give Back. Together We Do More Good.
Paige & Mike Wilcox
Pete Warner went through our KickStart Program about a year ago and has stuck with his training sessions for the past 365 days and has seen incredible results. Pete recently published this follow up article describing his health and fitness journey at WILCOX.
“A year into this new regimen, I’m stronger and more agile. My balance has improved tremendously and I have more stamina… Doing yard work and other projects that may have once induced fatigue is now easier. Trudging through the woods on deer hunting expeditions also is more enjoyable.” states Pete in his article.
It just goes to show you how much your life can change by focusing on healthy habits that are sustainable for a lifetime! Pete said it best, “The first step can be a small one, but it’s the most important one. With determination, patience, and support, a more fit and happier you is within your grasp.”
Great job Pete - thank you for sharing your story!
We are so excited to welcome Jake Stutzman to our team at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness. Jake started working with us through the Innovate for Maine program in June of 2016. He continued to work with us part time as he finished his final year at UMaine. Jake graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing with a concentration in Management Information Systems.
Jake is joining us as our new Assistant Manager. This is a new role in our business and Jake will be responsible for marketing and business development. We are so excited to have Jake on board and we are looking forward to delivering more value for our clients.
Jake is so excited to be working to support the mission of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness to help people enhance their lives by forming healthy habits they can sustain for a lifetime. He is looking forward to getting to know all of our clients, support their goals, and share their stories.
Please join us in welcoming Jake to the Wilcox Wellness & Fitness community!
Mike has always been interested in helping people live their very best life and has been putting his Community Health Degree to improve the health of our community. Mike wants more for people – he wants to show people how they can live their very best life by setting a foundation of health and fitness.
Mike believes that he has the best job in the world! On a daily basis, he gets to see beautiful transformations in people. These transformations are hard earned and come when people have the confidence to fight through their fears, accomplish tasks they never before thought possible, and as a result become more confident, happy people. There is nothing better than being a part of someone else’s success!
Mike is motivated by the ripple effect that comes with healthy living. Not only do the clients in the program reap enormous benefits, but all of the people that our clients come into contact with get to see a confident, happy, and healthy person that hopefully inspires them to invest time and energy in their own life.
Mike personally commits to healthy living because he wants to be able to go for a hike at anytime, take an active vacation without worry, and play with my kids and grandkids without fear of injury or embarrassment. This keeps him motivated to maintain his health, and his strength and endurance.
When you commit to healthy living, you are able to live your life without limitations – you can do all the things you want to do (and more)! When you are a healthy person, you are an able person – able to live your life to the very fullest. For us… this is what it is all about!
Thank you Mike, for being an inspiration to us all!
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
Schaeffer Grierson joined our team in August of 2016 and we couldn’t be happier that she did! Schaeffer brings such a positive energy to everything that she does. She is 100% all in in helping our clients live their very best lives through health and fitness. Schaeffer is incredibly empathetic and compassionate as she supports people on their health and fitness journey.
Schaeffer has had her own battles with her weight. She has been overweight, she has been underweight, and she has now found true peace through healthful living.
Schaeffer embarked on her own health and fitness journey because she didn’t have the energy to do the things she wanted to do in life and she just felt terrible….
The process of forming a healthy lifestyle on her own wasn’t easy and she regrets that she didn’t reach out to a coach or a trainer to help her with her transformation. She became a personal trainer because she wanted to share her story so that others didn’t have to go through the same pain she went through.
Schaeffer wants everyone to know that you are not defined by a number on a scale. When you commit to healthy living – not just diet and exercise, everything in your life will improve. You will begin to see more clearly and you will have less stress. Life just gets so much better.
Thank you Schaeffer!
We are so excited to celebrate Katie Norwood’s promotion to senior trainer at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness! Katie started training with us in 2013. Katie fully embraces our mission to help people enhance their lives by forming healthy habits they can sustain for a lifetime. Katie is a passionate trainer and brightens the days of anyone she interacts with. We are so proud of Katie’s hard work and dedication to helping others achieve success.
Here are a few of our favorite quotes from Katie…
Thank you Katie for brightening all of our days!
People have so many ideas of what trainers do, what trainers think, and what it is like to be a part of a fitness facility. It takes a lot of guts to walk in the front door.
What you might not know is that personal trainers are some of the most kind, caring, and compassionate people you will ever meet.
Our BDN article is up: What your Personal Trainer wants you to know... Our senior, trainer, Katie Norwood wants you to know that trainers are not here to judge you. Schaeffer Grierson wants you to know that she is 100% on your team. Mike Wilcox wants you to know that healthy living doesn’t need to be so hard.
Keep reading... http://bit.ly/2iWstHV
2016 was a great year for us here at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness! We loved working with all of our amazing clients. We worked out, we laughed, we supported each other. Here are a few highlights from the year in review…
- # training sessions completed: 20,016
- $6,600 raised for the Good Shepherd Food Bank through Burpees for Turkeys
- Katie Norwood ran 1,023 miles
- Our KickStart Participants lost 896 inches… that’s 75 feet!
Congratulations to all of the Wilcox Wellness & Fitness clients for your hard work, dedication and drive.
Here’s to an awesome 2017!
For this post, I asked our trainer team to help me pull together a list of our favorite things that make healthy living just a little bit easier, nicer, and more enjoyable. We are channeling our inner Oprah just in time for the holidays. Here are a few of our favorite things….
Hanniford To Go
Life is just so busy! Hanniford-to-Go makes grocery shopping a snap. Take a few minutes to build your order online (you can even save lists of items / staples you order on a regular basis) and select your pick up time. When you pick up your order, you tell Hannaford what spot you are parked in. One person comes out and takes your payment method and another starts loading your car with your groceries. You're in and out in less than 10 minutes! It's amazing!
Podcasts / Audiobooks
I love listening to podcasts and audiobooks when I am doing necessary tasks that are very time consuming. Getting into a great audiobook will make your commute a snap – maybe even the best part of your day. I also find that if I am out for a long run, I love running with a good book instead of music. I find I can get lost in a story and run for much longer.
Amazon Subscribe & Save
I am not a shopper. I can think of a lot more fun ways to spend a Saturday than in Target for toilet paper and dish soap. This is why I have all of our household staples – set up on auto delivery through Amazon Subscribe & Save. Set it and forget it! Monthly we receive all of our household necessities delivered for free and we even get 15% off the entire order for ordering more than 5 items at a time.
Electric Pressure Cooker
We are so lucky in the greater Bangor area! We have wonderful options for local organic vegetables, local high quality meats, and other great local healthy food options. Here is the link to more information on the Bangor Region Farmers Markets:
There you have it! Our favorite things… What are your favorite things?
Until next time….