Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pilates Professionals Giving Back - Unite to Support Joining Forces

Our military members and their families make sacrifices every day to serve others.  Now, Pilates teachers can show their gratitude to our men and women in uniform through a pledge of Pilates training services.

On Thursday July 28, two staff members from ACE (The American Council on Exercise) visited us in our Miami office. One of their goals was to tell us about Joining Forces, the White House initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give back to our service members and their families, to help reduce the stress of war and separation through individual pledges of support services. Joining Forces provides opportunities for the 99% of us who are not serving in the military, to give back to our service members and their families.  ACE has committed to uniting fitness professionals around the country to pledge 1 million hours of fitness training services at no cost to actively deployed military reservists, National Guard members and their immediate families.

Pilates teachers can support this initiative in numerous ways. Pledges may include access to your facility, private Pilates lessons or group mat or reformer class – of whatever you wish.  One hour at a time, your pledge will benefit the health and wellness of this special group of people who may not have direct access to Pilates facilities and programs otherwise.

By bringing this form of movement to service members and their families, you can really enhance their quality of life. The reward to the Pilates teacher is as great as the benefit to these individuals.

To learn more about how you can become involved, download this flyer.  And here is a link to the White House video with First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr. Jill Biden discussing the program.

I hope you will participate!  Please tell all of Pilates and fitness colleagues - this is something all teachers can participate in.

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