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Wellness at Tucson Unified

LIFE: Lifestyle Improvements for Employees - An employee wellness program by Tucson Unified

Wellness Program Home | A partnership between Tucson Unified and the Wellness Council of Arizona
Email your Wellness Coaches: Email Anisa | Email Cody | Email Debbie | Email Hannah | Email Iris 

Current Programs

Current Classes

  • Free Fitness Classes
    Check out the 2018 Fitness Class Schedule! All classes are FREE and available to all employees! Classes start Tuesday, September 4th. There is no need to sign up for classes; just show up at the designated time and place, ready for a workout! All certified fitness instructors work for the Wellness Council of Arizona and they will provide a great workout with modifications as needed. All fitness experience levels are welcome to join.

    All scheduled fitness classes are by employee request. If you would like one at your location please reach out to your health coach or email, and we can help you request one.


    • Yoga @ Kellond in the Library ( 6606 E Lehigh Dr )
      4:00-5:00 pm
    • Yoga @ 1010 in the Maroon Room ( 1010 E 10th St )
      5:00-6:00 pm
    • Strength & Tone @ McCorkle in Room 129 ( 4455 S Mission Rd )
      5:30-6:30 pm


    • Zumba @ Davis in Room 27 ( 500 W St Mary’s Rd )
      3:30-4:30 pm
    • Yoga Flow @ Johnson in Room 11 ( 6060 S Joseph Ave )
      4:00-5:00 pm
    • Strength & Tone @ Howell in the Cafeteria ( 401 N Irving Rd )
      4:15-5:00 pm
    • PiYo @ Pueblo High in NG5 Yoga Room ( 3500 S 12th Ave )
      4:15-5:15 pm
    • Strength @ 1010 in the Maroon Room ( 1010 E 10th St )
      5:00-6:00 pm


    • Zumba @ Cholla High School in Faculty Lounge ( 2001 W Starr Pass Blvd)
      3:30-4:30 pm
    • PiYo @ 1010 in the Maroon Room ( 1010 E 10th St )
      5:00-6:00 pm
    • Strength & Tone @ McCorkle in Room 129 ( 4455 S Mission Rd )
      5:30-6:30 pm


    • Cardio & Strength @ Manzo in Room 2 ( 855 N Melrose Ave )
      3:15-4:15 pm
    • Zumba @ Davis in Room 27 ( 500 W St Mary’s Rd )
      3:30-4:30 pm
    • Yoga @ Kellond in the Library ( 6606 E Lehigh Dr )
      4:00-5:00 pm
    • Strength & Tone @ Howell in the Cafeteria ( 401 N Irving Rd )
      4:15-5:00 pm
    • PiYo @ Pueblo High in NG5 Yoga Room ( 3500 S 12th Ave )
      4:15-5:15 pm
    • Strength @ 1010 in the Maroon Room ( 1010 E 10th St )
      5:00-6:00 pm

LIFE - Lifestyle Improvements for Employees

Lifestyle Improvements For Employees
  • Tucson Unified Wellness Program - Free to all district employees!

    • Health Coaching
    • Fitness Classes
    • Quarterly Challenges
    • Wellness Workshops
    • School Break Activities

    Health Coaches work for the Wellness Council of Arizona to serve the health interests of employees. All information shared with them is kept confidential and is not shared with any management personnel or any other employees

  • Success Stories
    A TUSD staff member writes, "Through this training and information, my support circle, plus my commitment to regular, consistent participation I have lost 35 lbs and almost 10% body fat. My body is toned and muscle has replaced fat! It's been exciting experiencing the changes to my body and shopping for new clothes. Furthermore it's not just been about the weight. For me it's been about better mind body & spirit. I feel great! These wellness tools have helped me broaden my activity interests because I now am able to do what I choose to do; like cycling 109 miles in the El Tour De Tucson. Along with the mentoring, enthusiasm, support, and caring from Andrea and Raquel, my journey has been a great adventure. I am forever thankful for and grateful to my knowledgeable leaders. The cool thing is that my journey isn't finished yet. I feel like it has just begun and I can't wait for a new adventure!" More...

Contest Winners

Health and Wellness Fair

Thank you to all who were able to attend the 2018 Annual Tucson Unified Health and Wellness Fair! The Health Fair attendees were into the Health Fair Raffle! And the Raffle winners are:

Alejandro Menchaca (Pueblo HS) - Gift Bag from Smile Generation
Amanda Marchioni (Roberts/Naylor) - Gift Bag from AAA
Ana Valdez (Bloom) - Starbucks from Rickard Aragon Chiropractic and Nutrition
Andrea Lopez (Myers) - BBQ Gift Package from Ascent Audiology
Angelina Merritt (Tucson High) - Kneader's Gift Basket from El Dorado Audiology
Anna Aragon-Gaona (Oyama) - Ninja Blender System from CHWP Expos
Bianca Solis (MASS) - $20 Target Gift Card from Avesis
Bill George (Trans. East) - Z Sonic toothbrush from Delta Dental
Cindy Cruze (Collier) - Gift Beach Bag from Voya
Cindy Dunn (Duffy) - $25 Rubs Gift Card from Rubs Massage
Connie Jo Carroll (Sabino) - Starbucks Gift Card from Arizona Oncology
Dana Islas (Grijalva) - Gift Bag from Alvernon Optic
Dana Karibian (Doolen) - Gift Bag from Clear Vision Express
Darlene Bowie (Trans. East) - Sun visor and knapsack from Banner University Medicine
Darlyne Spina (Robison) - Gift Bag from BVAA Compass
Dawn Fradette (Mansfeld) - Starbucks 20 oz. Tumbler from TMC
Dylan Trionfo (Palo Verde) - Gift bag from Sonora Behavioral Health
Elias Kotzambasis (Collier) - Starbucks Gift Bag from Arizona Oncology
Eric Jeffers (Cholla) - $25 Visa Gift Card from Jorgenson Brooks Group
Eric Yetman (Catalina) - Starbucks gift card
Jacqueline Freed (Cragin) - Energy Supplements from Amare Global
Janetta Peck (Trans. East) - Starbucks gift card
Jennifer Sanchez (Trans. East) - $25 gift card form Young Living
John Upston (Rincon) - Gift Box from Tucson Orthopedic Institute
Judy Bevier (Borton) - RTIC 40 oz. Tumbler from Rosen Orthodontics
Kate Brownstone (Catalina) - $25 Gift Card to Darden Restaurants from AZ Pain Institute
Kathy Winfield (Palo Verde) - 2 Cinemark Movie tickets from Costco
Linda Gracia (Catalina) - Gift Bag from Weight Loss Institute of Arizona
Lydia Sahyouni (Pan Asian) - $25 Gift Card to Renewed Health and Beauty Wellness
Marcia Aurand (Davidson) - 1 week of Chiropractic Care from Dr. Noel Shaw
Marcie McCance (Collier) - $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card and Affirmations Book
Margaret Orantes (LIRC) - Dental Gift Basket from Leber Ortho
Margarita Lopez (Myers) - Back Pack from Optum
Marisela Dominguez (MASS) - Gift box from iSmile Dentistry
Mark Hawkins (1010) - $25 Pei Wei Gift Card from Foresters Financial
Micah Mills (Gridley) - $50 Eclipse Massage Gift Card
Michele Garcia (1010) - Knapsack and swag bag from GCU
Patty VanAsdlan (Duffy) - $10 Starbucks Gift card
Paul Karlowicz (University) - $10 Starbucks Gift Card and gifts from Fast Med
Shirley Maddox (Booth Fickett) - $25 Visa Gift Card from Hughes Federal Credit Union
Shirley Taylor (Borman) - Gift Bag from Crest Insurance Group
Sonia Dunscombe (Steele) - $25 Target Gift Card from Metlife
Teresa Greene (Erickson) - Gift Certificate and Koozie from US Cryo Therapy
Tiffany Wojtak (Borman) - $25 Target Gift Card from Basic HR Solutions
William Oliver (Pueblo HS) - $50 Target Gift Card from Vantage West

FITGO Bingo - Summer 2018 Winners

For our 2018 summer FITGO Bingo challenge, our amazing participants completed 1,947 health and wellness squares, 640 Bingo Lines, and 41 people completely blacked out their Bingo Cards, earning a $25 Gift Card!

With 640 tickets in the FITGO Bingo line raffle, the $50 Healthy Purchase Gift Card raffle winners are:

Alejandro Hernandez (Food Services)
Anna Aragon-Gaona (Oyama)
Crystal Ashburn (Lineweaver)
Danielle Fradette (Drachman)
Linsay Demartino (Cholla)
Lisa Bennington Skay (Doolen)
Maria Elena Mendoza (Whitmore)
Pamela Miller (Blenman)
Patty VanAsdlan (Duffy)
Tina Schivone (Howell)

The 41 people who blacked out their FITGO Bingo card received a $25 Gift Card at the 2018 Health Fair are:

Alejandro Hernandez (Food Services)
Anna Aragon-Gaona (Oyama)
April Knippen (Gridley)
Beatriz Gavino (Tucson High)
Crystal Ashburn (Lineweaver)
Cyndie Cruze (Collier)
Cynthia Schnell (ExEd)
Danielle Fradette (Drachman)
David Jensen (Gridley)
Dawn Fradette (Mansfeld)
Diane Holzman (Henry)
Emily Evans (Fruchthendler/Henry)
Jacqueline Freed (Cragin)
James Baker (LIRC)
Janet Milligan (Sewell)
Jennifer Henzler (Cragin)
Josue Zuniga (Johnson)
Julie Alvira (Erickson)
Katie Stilley (Miles)
Kevin Startt (1010)
Kim Carson (Manzo)
Kirstin Bittel (Mansfeld)
Lisa Bennington Skay (Doolen)
Lisa Cardenas (Miles)
Lisa Wood-Hromidko (LIRC)
Lorraine Miller (Sahuaro)
Marcia Aurand (Davidson)
Maria Elena Mendoza (Whitmore)
Maria Kagen (Miles)
Maria Rodriguez (Lynn-Urquides)
Marta Marin (Manzo)
Megan Hughes (Sahuaro)
Nichola Lopez-Carley (Ocha)
Pamela Miller (Blenman)
Patricia Perez (Pueblo Gardens)
Patty VanAsdlan (Duffy)
Phyllis Zapor (Brichta)
Stacy Darko (Tucson High)
Sylvia Quigley (1010)
Tammy Snow (Dodge)
Teri Shepard-Mcbride (LIRC)
Tina Schivone (Howell)
Vanessa Manion (Soleng Tom)


Plus, the above listed 41 participants were all entered into a $100 Healthy Purchase Gift Card raffle!And the winners are:

Diane Holzman (Henry)
Kim Carson (Manzo)
Maria Kagen (Miles)
Phyllis Zapor (Brichta)
Teri Shepard-Mcbride (LIRC)

2017- 18 Biggest Winner - Team Weight Loss Challenge Winners

Drum roll please! The results are in, your Tucson Unified health coaches are delighted to share the results of this year's Biggest Winner – Team Weight Loss Challenge! Check out all your hard work:

  • 585 people weighed in and weighed out as part of a team in this challenge
  • 2289.15 lbs. were lost in this challenge–that's 8,012,025 calorie!
  • The top 3 winning teams lost an average of 7.7%!

2018 Biggest Winner – Team Weight Loss Challenge Podium

1st Place: Instant Pot or $75 gift card for every member
Miles A-Weigh (Miles ELC)
Denisa Encinas, Katrina Miller, and William Davis

2nd Place: Fitbit or$50 gift card for every member
Johnson Team 1(Johnson Primary)
Laura Cruz, Lidia Alvarez, Lilia Vasquez, Maria Enriquez, and Olivia Rivera

3rd Place: $25 gift card for every member
Changing Our Weighs(Cragin Elementary)
Ellan Price, Heather Wenning, Jackie Freed, and Marie Reeves

Raffle Winners

4% Team Weight Loss Goal: Raffle for an Instant Pot or $75 gift card for each member
Goal Crushers (Robins Elementary)
Alexis Edwards, Kelly Fowler, Maria Harper, and Yvonne Alvarez

3% Team Weight Loss Goal: Raffle for a Fitbit or $50 gift card for each member
The Shredders (Lynn Urquides Elementary)
Jennifer Rolle, Steven Stewart, and Rhonda Segerman

2% Team Weight Loss Goal: Raffle for a $25 gift card for each member
Johnson Lean Queens (Johnson Primary)
Josie Marin-Varelas, Kim Martin, Terri Cavazos, and Thelma Ruiz

Weigh in and weigh out: Raffle for a $25 gift card for each member
Flabulous Four (Wheeler Elementary)
Cheri Lennex, Laura Irwin, Maria Gilbalski, and Nancy Grim

Best Team Names

40 oz. ThermoFlask - Stainless steel, double walled, vacuum insulated water bottle

1st place
Starve Wars: The Last French Fry (Sewell Elementary)
Andrea Lopez, Christina Petrino, Sara Dineley, Stefan Avramis, and Veronica Watson

2nd place
Lettuce Lose Weight(Duffy)
Betsey Dennis, Cindy Dunn, Jules O'Herron, Lorri Andrews, and Sandy Marschinke

3rd place
Transportation Transformation(Central Transportation)
Brandyn Enfield, Shena McDuffie, Sherry Thomas, and William Olivas

Site with highest % of participation

Wellness Day with Free Massages Onsite!

Borman K-8

Kudos and thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 Biggest Winner – Team Weight Loss Challenge, you blew it out of the water! Your health coaches will reach out to the challenge winners and deliver the prizes.

Maintain Don't Gain Participants and Winners

Great job to all of our Maintain, Don't Gain participants! The goal was to maintain your weight throughout the 2017-2018 Holiday Season.

  • 457 people weighed in before Halloween and weighed out after the New Year for this challenge!
  • 196 people maintained their weight within 2 pounds!
  • An additional 237 people lost weight!

Why Maintain, Don't Gain? On average, Americans gain 7 pounds over the Holidays (Halloween – New Year's Day). The Tucson Unified participants in this Holiday Challenge lost a total  of 1149.25 pounds!!

Everyone who weighed in and weighed out was entered into a raffle for a Kitchen Essentials Gift Bag containing:

  • A Rapid Veggie Steamer for the microwave
  • 6 – 3 Portion Meal Prep Containers
  • Black and Decker 1.5 cup Chopper
  • Veggie Spiralizer and peeler
  • OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
  • All in a Reusable Grocery Bag

Everyone who maintained within 2 lbs or lost weight over the holidays was entered into a raffle for a Kitchen Essentials Gift Bag and a $50 Health Purchase Gift Card!

2017-2018 Maintain, Don't Gain WINNERS!

Kitchen Essentials Gift Bag Winners:
Ava Han (Wheeler)
Dulce Balaban (Hollinger)
Jeannette Ortiz-Roybal (Ochoa)
KayLynn Whittecar (Schumaker)
Melissa Dunn (Warren)

$50 Gift Card & Kitchen Essentials Gift Bag Winners:
Anne Hedgcook (Robison)
Blanca Padilla (Blenman)
Brenda Maytorena (Hollinger)
Cindy Franks (Gale)
Mary Holland (Pistor)
Nancy Norman-Anaya(Magee)
Nikki Deli (Direct Link)
Nina Rojas (1010)
Tawnee Arrieta (Rincon)
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*PLUS* The school/location with the highest percentage of participation in this challenge has earned a Free Massage Day! And the winning location is...

Ford Elementary School!

Congratulations to our Maintain, Don't Gain Winners and Great Job maintaining over this Holiday Season!

The 2017 Fall Fitness Challenge Winners

Over 600 people competed in the Fall Into Fitness challenge by getting in exercise and easily tracking their workouts.  The goal was to mark an "X" for S (Strength), C (Cardio), and/or (F) Flexibility for each day that they completed at least 10 consecutive minutes, and included a quick note on what their exercise was for that day. And the winners are...

50 X's total
Raffle for 1 of 2 $50 Gift Cards to a healthy purchase location:

Lorraine Kaldman (AliceVail)

  • Marcea Hunter (1010)

100 X's total
Raffle for 1 of 2 $100 Gift Cards to a healthy purchase location:

  • Molly Reed (Borton)
  • Vivienne Castillo (Whitmore)

25 or more X's for Strength
Raffle for 1 of 2 $100 Personalized Strength Equipment/Gym Purchases:

  • Maria Kagen (Miles)
  • Scott Kloefkorn (Cholla)

25 or more X's for Cardio
Raffle for 1 of 2 $100 Personalized Cardio Equipment Purchases:

  • Ternice Clayton (TAP)
  • Terri Romero (Robison)

25 or more X's for Flexibility
Raffle for 1 of 2 $100 Personalized Flexibility Equipment or Yoga/Pilates Membership:

  • Mark Reynolds (DirectLink)
  • Monique Landrum (MASS)

*Your Health Coach will reach out to the challenge winners and will deliver the prizes!

Plus 3 Massage Day Winners!

  • 1010
  • Direct Link
  • TAP

*Massages were awarded to the participants within each winning location that completed the Fall Into Fitness challenge by turning in their completed trackers by Nov 7th.

Water Bottle Winners!
First 100 that turned in their completed Fall Into Fitness Challenge Trackers

Alexis Edwards, Amy Dewitt, Angela Solis, Anjanette Gutierrez, Anna Read, Betsey Dennis, Brette Washburn, Brian Lambert, Carmelita Perales, Carmen Sierra, Caroline Carlson, Caroline Madsen, Coleen Holliday, Connie Price-Johnson, Corina Hernandez, Danielle McConnell, Darcy Stewart, Dawn Fradette, Denise Rasmussen, Didi Coleman, Doris Paulik, Edward Adams, Elena Doughty, Elizabeth Bouwens, Elizabeth Hunter, Emiy Bennett, Emma Novak, Erica Stott-Blunt, Erin Pier, Gina Wan, Grace Kinney, Heidi Wright, Ida Melen, James Baker, Jamey Fruhwirth, Janie Morales, Jenn Schilling, Jennifer Chavez, Jennifer Metzler, Jennifer Thorton, Jill Backherms, Jill Kitchens, Josie Marin-Varelas, Judy Bevier, Julie Alvira, Karla Escamilla, Kate Rice, Kathleen Marrero, Kathy Schroeder, Kelly Blecker, Kevin Startt, Kim Wahl, Kirstin Bittel, Kristian Kissel, Laura Gutowski, Laurel Jordan, Leigh Burkey, Leslie Johnson, Linsay DeMartino, Lisa Wood-Hromidko, Lori Martinez, Lorraine Hetschel, Lorraine Kaldman, Lorri Andrews, Luke Van Schie, Marisa Soto, Mark Reynolds, Marta Marin, Melissa McClung, Monique Landrum, Nikki Deli, Nina Aldecoa, Nina Rojas, Patricia Perez, Rachel Sager, Rachel Schlesinger, Rachel Shatto, Roberta Carrillo, Samuel McClung, Sara Sultan, Shalom Rockwell, Shanell Woodard, Shawna Gerlach, Sonia Dunscombe, Stacey Darko, Stephanie Freeman, Suzanne Freund, Teri Shepard-Mcbride, Ternice Clayton, Terri Reeves, Theresa Ellis, Thomas Davis, Thomas O'Megalyn, Valerie Molina-Howard, Vivian Arandules, Wendy McFeely, Wesley Oswald, William Blackstone, Yolanda Tindall, Zelia Mata

Cooling Towels Winners!
First 100 that signed up for the Fall Into Fitness Challenge

Amina Rashad, Amy Dewitt, Amy Pugliese, Andrea Rickard, Angela Badilla, Angela Lopez, Anna Read, Anne Felix, Annette Swift, Beverly Cox, Brenda Flynn, Brian Lambert, Carlos Arias, Carmen Nichols, Caroline Carson, Caroline Madsen, Christi DelPercio, Christina Garcia-Mendez, Christina Rogers, Cynthia Barnett, Cynthia Vandall, Danni Rousseau, Debra Dietrich, Debra Salaiz, Demetrius Lee Jr, Desiree Webb, Dianne Bouchard, Didi Coleman, Donna Fine, Elizabeth Hunter, Elizabeth Slaine, Ellen Ruble, Evangeline Hillyard, Gabriel Maldonado, Gina Wan, Gloria Soto-Wilson, Jackie Sinn, Jackie Freed, Jamey Fruhwirth, Jeffrey Francone, Jennifer Chavez, Jenny Miles, Jessica Jaeger, Jolene Jose, Joncie Kennedy, Juana Abrose, Karen Evans, Karen Rimmell, Kate Rice, Kathy Bangs, Katrina Ramos, Kelly Danielsen, Kendra Swatzell, Keri Wiley, Kimberly Range Glenn, Kimberly Rogers, Kristian Kissel, Kristina Ibarra, Laura Lichtenwalner, Laurie Davis, Laurie Kerdels, Lori Van Scyoc, Luis Orantes, Luke van Schie, Lupita Cabral, Margaret Egan, Maria Jimenez-Baxa, Maria Kagen, Maria Oliver, Maria Peterson, Marisela Dominguez, Meghan Bird, Melissa Walker, Michele Gutierrez, Molly Reed, Nicole Fisher, Nicole Ouellette, Nikki Stefan, Nina Rojas, Noemi Morales, Nour Jandai, Patricia Cisneros, Paul Lopez, Paula Saldutti, Rachel Castro, Rachel Shatto, Rebecca Archer, Rebecca Rusciolelli, Renee LaChance, Robyn Moreland, Ron Tolf, Rosamaria Duarte Raub, Sara Sultan, Scott Kloefkorn, Sharon Cornell, Sharon Edwards, Shaun Brown, Shawn Blair Lohn, Shawna Gerlach, Stephanie Freeman, Stephanie Wells, Stephen Gaarder, Suzanne Freund, Terri Reeves, Timothy Grivois-Shah, Vanessa Peyron, Veronica Arvizu, Vivian Chavez

*Towels were delivered to the winners during the challenge (Sept – Oct)

Congratulations to all of the Fall Into Fitness challengers and to all of our winners!

2016-17 Wellness Rewards Program

Our yearlong program that ran from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. In this program, all Tucson Unified employees earned points for things such as meeting with your Health Coach, attending free onsite fitness classes, completing a health and wellness challenge, getting your physical, completing your lab work, etc… (and your health coaches kept track). Every quarter, we held a raffle for 10 winners to receive a healthy gift card of their choice!

Our last quarter winners (April 1 – June 30) who have all earned a $50 Healthy Purchase Gift Card are:

Connie Langrehr (Dodge)
Didi Coleman (White)
Gayle LaPort (Blenman)
Jennifer Fiero (Ex Ed)
Jessica Franklin (Ford)
Jose Rodriguez Jr. (1010)
Karen Mitchell (Palo Verde)
Nina Rojas (1010)
Robin Plouffe (Steele)
Tiffany Wojtak (Borman)

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