CoxHealth Fitness Center


Did you know that CoxHealth Fitness Center offers a discounted membership to Willard School employees?  With the corporate membership you gain access to Willard, Republic and Cox North fitness centers. Another available option allows access to the Meyer Center. Check out their rates below. For questions or additional information please call 269-3282.





September is National Yoga Month

Did you know…

September is National Yoga Month?!  According to the Yoga Health Foundation website, “yoga isn’t just a physical exercise program. It is a scientific system designed to generate greater clarity and harmony in life.  With regular practice, individuals often notice a stronger, slimmer and more flexible body, in addition to a mentally sharper, more patient and relaxed sense of self. ”

I have attached a link to an article from Yoga Alliance (the licensing association for yoga teachers) about the different types of yoga.

Locally, Zeal Bodywork’s & Squatting Monkey fitness offers yoga classes as well as other exercise programs.  The first visit is free!!

Squatting Monkey Class Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wed. Thursday Friday Saturday
6:00 am Pilates w/DJ Pilates w/DJ
9:00 am Yoga w/Dan Yoga w/Dan Yoga w/Dan
1:00 pm Kickboxing w/Dan
2:00 pm Ashtanga Yoga w/Denton
4:00 pm Art Class w/Tony
5:00 pm Tumbling w/Alyssa
Core w/Denton
TKD w/Mark Gentle Yoga

w/ Tami

TKD w/Mark Kickboxing  w/DJ
Little Warriors w/Alyssa
6:00 pm Tiny Tumblers w/Alyssa
Running w/DJ
TKD w/Mark
Yoga w/Denton
Tai Chi w/Tony
Yoga Flow w/Tami
Running w/DJ
TKD w/Mark
Yoga w/Denton
Ashtanga Yoga w/Denton
Tumbling w/Alyssa
Running w/DJ
6:35 pm Tumbling w/Alyssa
7:00 pm Yoga


Kickboxing w/DJ Kenpo w/Tony
Pilates w/DJ
Kickboxing w/DJ Sparring w/Alyssa
*Belly Dancing w/Jen

*Belly Dancing- Second Friday of the month

**Tumbling classes- First and Third Fridays of the month


Also enjoy some free yoga online at your leisure with Jason Crandell:

Morning yoga:

Yoga for noon:

Yoga for restful sleep:

Beginners 15 minute practice for relaxing:


Kathy Duncan RYT 200.


Upcoming Walk/Runs to Benefit Kids

St. Jude’s Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

Sept. 24 is the St. Jude’s Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer at Rutledge Wilson Farms and we’ve got a Willard team forming. Interested in this all ages event for a great cause? Get more information and sign up to join the team here.

Panther Run

Care to Learn Panther Run will be held Oct. 1st, 2016. If you would like to register or want more information, click here. Volunteers are also needed to help with street patrol. If interested contact Chrysta Forrest or Debbie Burks. On the registration form, please check the Willard box so we will get credit for your participation.

WIS Color Run

Register for the 4th Annual WIS 5K Color Run. This year’s event will be in conjunction with Our Town Fall Festival & Craft Show and begins at 8 am at Willard Intermediate School. Get your pre-registration form turned in by Oct. 14 to guarantee you get a t-shirt.

Setting Goals for the New Year

wellness goal

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in school almost a month already. Many of us will soon be setting our personal wellness goals for the school year – if you haven’t already! How did you do on last year’s goal? Can you kick it up a notch this year or have another area of personal health you want to focus on? All certified staff will include an individual goal on their professional development plan. Non-certified staff will share their goal on a form shared by their supervisor.  Have questions or would like some help setting a goal? Interested in taking it a step further by teaching a Willard U wellness class to help others? Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our building wellness coordinators:

Central Elementary – Heather Wallace

East Elementary – Christina Nuttall

North Elementary – Christy Pyle

South Elementary – Jamie Roweton/Clara Hayter

WOHE – Lyndi Pilch

Intermediate – Emily Gehring

Middle School – Katie Wright

High School – Jon Gold

Specials Services, Central Office & Transportation – Kathy Duncan

Let’s get our wellness on!

Plucky Duck 5K

Plucky Run MS

Willard Schools had great representation this past weekend in the “Plucky Duck 5K”. This race benefited, Jana Copeland, the mother of a middle school teacher who is battling a rare form of uterine cancer.  There were over 200 participants overall, but the middle school alone had 16 staff members participate in the run.  What a great way to come together in support of Jana and her family in her fight.

Building Focus: Willard South

Willard South hit the new year running with a focus on their personal wellness in 2016. During the first 8 weeks of the year, they did a Slim Down to Spring Break Weight lossWeight Loss Challenge.  Each person set their own weight loss goal and paid $10 for a chance to win the pot of money. Congrats to Lindsay Wallace who met and exceeded her goal, losing the highest percentage of weight, and winning the money! Several others were within a few pounds of meeting their goal.

In February they did a Fit February Challenge. Eight teachers completed 15 or more days and everyone who participated won a pass to wear jeans and a Trail Mix snack.  Several of the classes also chose to get involved. Mrs. Hayter’s class even completed all 29 days of the challenge!

Fit Feb
South also has a small group that meets weekly TuesdayThursday after school to work out for about 30 mins.
Their final challenge for the year will be “Move Your Shoes” Challenge.  They’ve created a team called, The Step Sisters and plan to log their steps for the next 30 days.  They will try to reach a goal of walking the distance of I-44 and back which would be 1,268 miles as a group.  When they make it back, they’ll celebrate with Route 44 drinks from Sonic.

Building Focus: Special Services

sped massage

Our staff at the special services office just completed a 6 week winter challenge to raise their health and wellness. Employees earned a 10 minute neck massage by meeting their health and wellness checklist goals AND increasing their steps over the six weeks from their baseline adding 500 steps a week. Eight people met the challenge!! Participation increased from 6 – 8 people for monthly wellness challenges.   Looks like the massage reward was a hit!


Kicking Off 2016 With a Bang!

It’s a new year and we have some great class offerings to help any employee kick it off fit and healthy!  This is a great and free way to get your fitness in quickly before you go home.  Another great perk working for Willard Schools you can take advantage of! See the list of upcoming classes below.  Some of them begin next week.

List of Classes Beginning Soon:

*(For further class descriptions & to sign up, visit the Willard U web site.  You can also view a complete listing on the wellness blog activity calendar at any time.)

Circuit Training – Willard North, Thursday, 4-5 pm (Jan. 7-Feb. 25)

Food Prep for Wellness – WMS, Monday, 3-4:30 pm (Jan. 11-Feb. 1)

Training for Distance Running – Willard East, Monday & Thursday, 4-5 pm (Jan. 11-Feb. 29)

Cook This, Not That – WIS, Thursday, 3:45-4:45 pm (Twice monthly- Jan. 11 -Mar. 31)

T25 Fix – Willard East, Wednesday & Thursday, 4-5 pm (Jan. 13-Apr. 28)

Yoga – WHS, Wednesday, 4-5 pm (Jan. 13-Mar. 2)

Insanity MAX 30 – WMS, Wednesday & Friday, 3-4 pm (Jan. 13-Mar. 4)

Strength & Toning  – Willard Central, Thursday, 4-4:45 pm (Jan. 14-Mar. 3)

Women’s Self Defense – WMS, Monday, 4-5 pm (5 week session, Jan. 25- Feb. 29)  **Staff are encouraged to bring their family members 16 & older along with them!

Be sure to sign up for this year’s Biggest Loser Challenge.  It begins on Monday, Jan. 11 with our first weigh in.  Find out details here and get signed up.  Contact Christina Nuttall for additional information.

A funny I know you will appreciate, the struggle is real!



Building Focus: Willard North

November is a month to reflect and be thankful.  Willard North can definitely count their many blessings as we work towards WN Turkey Trotour personal, healthy living goals.  Our building put together a team to run/walk at the Willard Care to Learn Turkey Trot.  There were a total of 19 co-workers and/or family members that participated in this charitable event for Willard’s Care to Learn.  The building showed great character to help give back to our community.  The Willard North Turkey Trot team was recognized with the Team Spirit award for their Indian themed outfits on Thanksgiving morning. 

Congratulations to the staff that participated in the “Fill the Tank”  water challenge! This challenge helped staff form and maintain meaningful new water drinking habits that we hope they continue to carry forward. They not only met their building goal of 14,080 oz. of water, but exceeded that goal by drinking a total of 28,056 oz. of water. Great job!  Our tank overflowed!!  Congratulations to Mr. Gugel for being our lucky winner for the $25 gift card drawing.
Their next monthly challenge is for each person to walk, jog, or run a total of 15 miles over the next three weeks.  Each person that reaches the goal of 15 miles in 3 weeks will have their name put in a drawing for a chance to win a gift card.  
Thursday the 3rd began the countdown of 12 school days until Christmas break.  Mrs. Gehring gave us the great idea to do the 12 Days of Wellness Challenge.  The WN coordinator, Christy Pyle, has challenged the staff each day for 12 days.  For example, on the first day the wellness coordinator challenged the staff to a one minute plank.  The two pictures below show Mrs. Hambey and Coach Bills completing the first day challenge.  They were being timed to hold a plank for one minute.  For each challenge that staff completes, their name will be placed into a drawing for a gift certificate.  If you complete all 12 challenges, your name will be placed in the box 12 times!
Bills Plank Hambey Plank
    WN has also offered a couple of Willard University classes for anyone in the district to participate in:  
  • Circuit Training – A full body circuit training workout on Thursdays that incorporates both resistance training and cardio on Thursdays from 4-5 pm. 
  • Watercolor Basics – Offered for teachers to experience a bit of mental wellness.  Participants are led through the step-by-step process of painting a seasonal tree with watercolors. Look for more information to come about the next stress relieving watercolor basics class on Willard U!

Willard North is striving to meet a healthy living lifestyle. They will continue with monthly challenges to ring in the new year.  Way to go Willard North staff for taking fitness to a new level!  Keep up the hard work and determination.