Wellness at Tucson Unified


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Current Programs

  • Life Talks - Free Health & Wellness Classes

    Life Talks - Free Health and Wellness Classes

    Printable Schedule  (in PDF)

    LIFE Talks are FREE health and wellness presentations and small group sessions offered to all Tucson Unified employees. We offer a variety of topics for you to choose from including reducing your stress, increasing your opportunities for self-care, improving your nutritional patterns, increasing physical activity, and focusing on your overall wellness. LIFE Talks range from 20 to 45 minutes followed by a 5 to 15 minute Q & A with your Tucson Unified Wellness Coaches.

    To schedule a LIFE Talks presentation or small group session at your school or location send an email request to your Health Coach (Anisa, Cody, Debbie, Iris, or Joan) or to WellnessCoaches@tusd1.onmicrosoft.com.

    And don’t forget… Attending 4 LIFE Talk presentations and/or small group sessions is one of the options for the $300 Wellness Incentive Program. We will sign off on Option 3 after you complete 4 LIFE Talks. Details about the Wellness Incentive Program are available online at www.tusd1.org/wellnessincentive

  • Looking for Classes?
    Check out the Classes webpage.

Contest Winners

FITGO Bingo Flier Winners!


Printable Flier (in PDF)

We had five winners whose photos were selected from our 2018 Healthy Selfie Challenge!  They have each won a $25 Healthy Purchase Gift Card – Thank you for letting us use your amazing Healthy Selfies! The Healthy Selfie FITGO Flyer winners are:
Gene Seymour(Pueblo)
Isis Escobar(Hollinger)
Kendra Swatzell(Wheeler)
Nicole De Luca(Erickson)
Zoe Schreiber(Holladay)

2018- 19 Biggest Winner - Team Weight Loss Challenge Winners

The results are in!  Your Tucson Unified health coaches are delighted to share the results of this year's Biggest Winner Team Challenge

Check out all your hard work:

  • 665 people weighed in and out as part of a team in this challenge
  • 3,196 lbs. were lost in this challenge – that's 906 pounds more than last year!
  • The top 3 winning teams lost an average of 7.5%!

This year, we were so excited to see so much teamwork!

We saw teams that kept track of each individual's goals on a poster board, teams that gave each other healthy challenges every week like competing for the most steps or doing a plank every day for a week, teams that walked together on breaks and shared recipes every week, and teams that motivated and supported each other throughout this entire challenge!

2019 Biggest Winner Team Challenge Podium
128 teams weighed in and out and competed for the top spot

1st Place Overall: $150 gift card for every member
Fat No Mo (Wheeler)
Brandy Nix, Eydie Esquival, Holly Maza, Kim Carpenter, and Olivia Yescas

2nd Place Overall: $125 gift card for every member
The Fab 5 (Mary Meredith)
Dan Parent, Ed Simental, Jessica Figueroa, Neal Norzagaray, and Sam West

3rd Place Overall: $100 gift card for every member
The Weight is Over! (Ford)
Cathy Grant, Diana Means, Heather Martin, Marita Beeman, and Mercedes Leon

Raffle Winners

9 teams reached the 5% Team Goal: Raffle for $100 gift card for each member
Tucson High Team Flab-u-less
Alexandra Amaya, Crystal Montante, Debbie Elkins, and Yesenia Monroy

27 teams reached the 4% Team Goal: Raffle for $75 gift card for each member
Cinco Sabercats (Sabino)
Bruce Williams, Carmen Nichols, Christi Del Percio, Janet Stein, and Renee Ibarra

46 teams reached the 3% Team Goal: Raffle for $50 gift card for each member
Team Die Lard (Vesey)
Artesia Ulrich-Runge, Jenny Fiero, Ray Montana, and Skyler Shenk

69 teams reached the 2% Team Goal: Raffle for a $25 gift card for each member
Weigh-less Travelers (Wheeler)
Ann Gershweir, April Hartman, and Mollie Grove

128 teams weighed in and weighed out: Raffle for a $25 gift card for each member
Go-Getters (Ford)
Angie Hoover, Cindy Weintraub, Karen Motl, Matthew Holter, Shirley Taylor

Top 3 sites with highest % of participation
Of the 86 locations that participated in the challenge, the massage days go to:
Collier Elementary
Borman K-8
Ford Elementary

Healthy Selfie Spring Break Flier Winners

Take a look at the Spring Break flier (in PDF), featuring a Healthy Selfie we received from Transportation East employees!

  • Debra Dobyna
  • Jeanne Harvey
  • Ramona Parsell
  • Taeko Miller

Thank you for sharing your Healthy Selfie! You've each won a $25 gift card!

Rodeo Break Healthy Selfie Winners

First, take a look at the Rodeo Break Flyer (in PDF)! The flyer features Healthy Selfies sent in from Tucson Unified Employees. The employees featured in the Rodeo Break Activities flyer have all won a $25 Gift Card! Your Health Coach will reach out and deliver the prizes to the winners!
  • Marsha Willey (Alice Vail)
  • Mary Carpio (Cholla)
  • Adriana Boyd (Davis)
  • Rita Duarte (Davis)
  • Monica Garcia-Salas (Lynn Urquides)

2018-2019 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 2018-2019 Holiday Season.

  • 629 people weighed in before Halloween and weighed out after the New Year for this challenge!
  • 507 people maintained their weight within 2 pounds!
  • 243 people lost more than 2 pounds during this challenge!
  • The total pounds lost was 1,588.6 pounds!

Everyone who weighed in and weighed out earned a ticket into the Maintain Don’t Gain Raffle Prize Drawing! Everyone who maintained within 2 lbs or lower over the holidays earned 5 additional tickets into the drawing!

2018-2019 Maintain, Don't Gain WINNERS!

Infusion Pro 32 oz. Fruit Water Bottle Infuser w/Insulated Sleeve and Infusion eBook Winners:

Alex Campbell (McCorkle)
Elaine Straub (Pueblo)
Ida Melen (Collier)
Jamie Caruth (Schumaker)
Jeanne Harvey (Transportation East)
Lisa Wood-Hromidko (LIRC)
Lupita Alvarez (Transportation West)
Mary Spencer (Gridley)
Sonja Hopson (Wheeler)
Sylvia Quigley (1010)

Sunrise Alarm Clock Winners:

Anjanette Gutierrez (Tucson High)
Betsy Dupuis (Miles)
Connie Henderson (Food Services)
Constance Onsae (Pueblo)
Dana Griffith (Catalina)
Jennifer Sprung (Project MORE)
Katie Parker (McCorkle)
Mary Elenes (1010)
Melissa Kornmuller (Catalina)
Patrick Feaman (Gridley)
Rogelio Lara (Tucson High)

Workout Kit w/AB Roller Pro, Push-Up Bar, Jump Rope, Knee Pad and Workout Guide Winners:

Adam Norzagaray (Borman)
Angelica Munoz (MASSD)
Frances Romero (Transportation West)
Janet Stein (Sabino)
Laura Fennema (Pueblo)
Margaret Egan (1010)
Michelle Guillen (McCorkle)
Monica Romero (Brichta)
Raul Reyes (Maxwell)
Sharon Ogle (Holladay)
Valdez Honorable (Borman) 

Yoga Kit w/Yoga Mat, Yoga Block, Yoga Strap and 2 Full-length Yoga Workouts Winners:

Angela Hixon (Holladay)
Angela Tenace (Safford)
Bianca Solis (MASSD)
Jessica Martinez (Marshall)
Johnny Armenta (1010)
Joshua Baker (Transportation West)
Mark Reynolds (Direct Link)
Paulina Dewoody (Holladay)
Shelly Vick (Doolen)
Stacey Darkho (Tucson High)
Stephen Waclawik (Rincon)

High-Density Round Foam Roller w/Foam Rolling Guide Winners:
Alex DeVaughn (Tully)
Angie Cervantes (Borton)
Cinthia Arvayo (C.E. Rose)
Felicia Garner (Utterback)
Jessica Franklin (Ford)
Kirsten Cummins (LIRC)
Lori Martinez (White)
Megan Andrews (Valencia)
Nichole Lopez – Carley (Ochoa)
Nora Vergara Delgado (Hollinger)
Phil Dukes (University)

LIFE Insulated Lunch Tote Winners:

Jennifer Crowl (Duffy)
Kristin Kamell (Soleng Tom)
Lupita Gamez (MASSD)
Margaret Kerrihard-Weiss (Utterback)
Margaret Seamans (Borton)
Vanessa Manion (Soleng Tom)

Biggest Winner Team Challenge Flier - Healthy Selfie Winners!

Annette Morey (Erickson)
Christina Petrino (Sewell)
Cindy James (Safford)
Erin Pier (Erickson)
Heather Mace (Banks)
Jessica Flax (Banks)
Julie Alvira (Erickson)
Kia Parks (Erickson)
Laura Gutowski (Banks)
Lorri Andrews (Banks)
Michelle Marquez (Erickson)
Robin Gilbert (Safford)
Sara Dineley (Sewell)
Tracey Burton (Safford)
Veronica Watson (Sewell)
Yolanda Chamseddine (Safford)

Each of these people have won $25 Gift Cards, which will be delivered by their health coaches.

Winter Break Flier - Healthy Selfie Winners!

Angela Lopez (Maldonado)
Hannah Thandi (Gale)
Kirstin Bittel (Mansfeld)
Nicole De Luca (Erickson)
Vanessa Aguayo (Maldonado)
Zoe Schreiber (Holladay)

Healthy Selfie Winners

We received 1,255 Healthy Selfies during The Healthy Selfie Challenge! We are so happy that you have shared your healthy moments with us!

Every Healthy Selfie we received was entered into a drawing for 1 of 25 $50 gift cards towards a healthy purchase of the winner's choice!

Every employee that hit all seven categories (Trying a new healthy food or activity, Self-Care, Fitness, Nutrition, Hydration, Healthy Selfie with group, Picture with their Health Coach) was entered into a raffle drawing for a day at Canyon Ranch!

Bonus! If your photo is randomly selected for an upcoming Tucson Unified health and wellness promotional flyer in the 2018-2019 school year, you will receive a $25 gift card towards a healthy purchase of your choice!

We are pleased to announce The Healthy Selfie Challenge winners!

$50 Gift Card Winners!

  • Amanda Montgomery (Grijalva)
  • Ana Kroh (Palo Verde)
  • Angela Saltz (Cavett)
  • Beatriz Gavino (Tucson High)
  • Debra Jacobs (Marshall)
  • Denise Rasmussen (Direct Link)
  • Donna Fine (Annex)
  • Elizabeth Bouwens (Hollinger)
  • Haydee Hernandez (Teacher Mentor)
  • Jana Vargas (Miles)
  • Jennifer Silas (1010)
  • Julie Alvira (Erickson)
  • Kimberly Martin (Johnson)
  • Kirsten Miller (Erickson)
  • Lisa Cardenas (Tucson High)
  • Lori Encinas (Catalina)
  • Nicole De Luca (Erickson)
  • Norma Gonzales (1010)
  • Rachel Rudder (Safford)
  • Robin Farias (Catalina)
  • Susan Essington (Direct Link)
  • Teresa Federico (Lynn Urquides)
  • Thelma Ruiz (Johnson)
  • Vivienne Castillo (Whitmore)
  • William Olivas (Westside Transportation)

Grand Prize: A Day at Canyon Ranch Winner!

Tammy Case (Cholla)

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)

Wellness Incentive Program logo

Programs & Support

Current Classes

  • Free Fitness Classes
    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.

    Starting Monday, July 22, fitness classes are held from 5-6 p.m.


    • Yoga Fusion @ 1010 in the Maroon Room (1010 E 10th St.)
      5-6 pm


    • Strength @ 1010 in the Maroon Room (1010 E 10th St.)
      5-6 pm


    • Restorative Yoga @ 1010 in the Maroon Room (1010 E 10th St.)
      5-6 pm


    • Strength @ 1010 in the Maroon Room (1010 E 10th St.)
      5-6 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
    Thank you so much for encouraging my fitness with FITGO! I have really benefited from the program. Usually in the summer time I don't eat as well since I'm home and tend to snack, but with the goals provided by the card, I have changed my habits and feel much better! I also have enjoyed the challenges to explore new places: the loop, fitness gatherings, etc. It has been good for me to get to bed and get up at the same time so school starting won't be as much of a jolt. I also appreciate my fitness coach Debbie. She is so supportive of me and her advice and willingness to communicate and meet with me has helped. Knowing I had FITGO as my goal has given me direction in making good choices about exercise, food, and leisure this summer. Thank you!

    Emily Evans
    Orchestra Teacher at Ford, Fruchthendler, Henry, Hudlow, Sewell Elementary Schools


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