On Tuesday we celebrated the grand opening of the District's Employee Wellness Center, which was renovated and improved as guided by the District's Strategic Plan, also known as The Macon Miracle.
When I came to Bibb County, I was shocked to discover that we have one of the most obese communities in the nation. Wellness is something that is very important, and we need to take it seriously. As adults, we need to be role models for our students. We cannot just tell them that they need to exercise and eat healthier - we need to be the examples.
But if we want our employees to exercise and feel better mentally and physically because they are healthy, we must provide them with access to a facility that will help them to accomplish that goal. While the District's Employee Wellness Center, which is located at Hutchings Career Center, was acceptable in its former state, it did not provide much variety or inspiration for our employees who wanted to work out. So, one of the things we focused on this year was designing a state-of-the-art wellness facility where employees and their family members could go to feel better.
The redesign of this wellness facility would not have been possible without the support of Coach Eddie Ashley, the District's Athletic Director, who took the idea and the dream of a better facility for our employees, and ran with it. In redesigning the Wellness Center, he has added new treadmills and elliptical machines, free weights, and a jungle gym. He is even working to coordinate exercise classes for the employees who are interested.
What you will experience in the renovated Wellness Center is only the beginning. We want to have more sites across the county where our employees and family members can exercise so we can have not only a healthier work force but a healthier community.
I want to thank everyone who has been by to check out the redesigned facility, and I invite all employees and their family members who have not seen it yet to please stop by and learn for yourself what this facility now has to offer. I look forward to seeing you at the gym!