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Wellness at Tucson Unified

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

    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

  • Looking for Classes?
    Check out the Classes webpage.

Current Classes

  • Free Fitness Classes
    Check out the 2019 Fitness Class Schedule (in PDF)! All classes are FREE and available to all employees! Classes start Monday, January 7, 2019. 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
    • PiYo @ Catalina in the Auditorium (3645 E. Pima St.)
      4:15-5:00 p.m.
    • Yoga @ 1010 in the Maroon Room (1010 E 10th St.)
      5:00-6:00 pm
    • Strength & Tone @ Grijalva in Building 7 (1795 W. Drexel 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
    • Cardio/Strength @ Pueblo High in Library Conf. Room (3500 S 12th Ave)
      4:00-5:00 pm
    • Strength & Tone @ Howell in the Cafeteria (401 N Irving Rd.)
      4:15-5:00 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
    • Restorative Yoga @ 1010 in the Maroon Room (1010 E 10th St.)
      5:00-6:00 pm
    • Strength & Tone @ Grijalva in Building 7 (1795 W. Drexel Rd.)
      5:30-6:30 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
    • PiYo @ Pueblo High in NG5 Yoga Room (3500 S 12th Ave)
      4:00-5:00 pm
    • Strength & Tone @ Howell in the Cafeteria (401 N Irving Rd.)
      4:15-5:00 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

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)

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.

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