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Wellness at Tucson Unified


Current Programs

  • Flu Shots and Mobile Onsite Mammography at the Health and Wellness Clinics, Oct. 19-23

    Flu shots and Mobile Onsite Mammography at the 2020 Health and Wellness Clinics, October 19-23
    2020 Health and Wellness Clinic Flier (in PDF)
    Mobile Onsite Mammography Flier (in PDF)

    Visit the 2020 Health & Wellness Clinics at a TUSD site near you for flu shots and mobile onsite mammography.

    The flu shot clinics will be held Monday - Friday from 2-6 p.m.

    The MOM clinics will be held Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    To schedule an appointment for Mobile Onsite Mammography, please call: (480) 967-3767 or 1 800 285-0272. Walk-in patients are welcomed; appointments preferred. (For no waiting time!) Spouses welcome!

    Both clinics will be held on the following dates at the following locations:

    • 10/19/2020 - Pueblo High
    • 10/20/2020 - District Office at 1010 E. Tenth St.
    • 10/21/2020 - East Transportation
    • 10/22/2020 - Rincon High
    • 10/23/2020 - Central Transportation
  • Step Into Holiday Cash

    Steps to de-stress- Step into Holiday Cash - Nov. 9-Dec. 6
    Step Into Holiday Cash Flier (in PDF)

    Learn quick and effective stress-reducing techniques in this 4-week challenge. The goal is to complete stress reducing activities to be entered into prize drawings! More information at the Wellness webpage!

    1. Register online by November 3, 2020.
    2. Complete 10-minute activities to reduce your overall stress. Activities can include coloring, meditating, journaling, walking, or stretching.
    3. Turn your tracker into your Health Coach by December 9th to qualify for prizes.


    Complete at least 16 10-minute stress-reducing activities to be entered into the raffle for 1 of 12 $25 Gift Cards.

    Complete at least 24 10-minute stress-reducing activities to be entered into the Grand Prize raffle for 1 of 12 $100 Gift Cards.


    Register online here!


  • Life Talks - Wellness U - Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16

    Life Talks - Free Health and Wellness Classes

    Wellness U Flier (in PDF)

    Your Wellness Coaches are presenting a new LIFE Talks Series: Wellness U: Putting Theory into Practice for YOUR best health. This four-part series will offer information, resources and wellness suggestions about cooking healthy, a live cooking demonstration, establishing a fitness plan that suits you and how you can take better care of your digestive health. The series will be offered virtually, beginning October 26, 2020.

    The LIFE Talks Series are packages of four presentations, offered FREE, to all Tucson Unified employees and are hosted by your Tucson Unified Wellness Coaches. LIFE Talks are health and lifestyle presentations designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of ways to improve your overall well being.

    Register Online Here!

    Attending/viewing four LIFE Talks presentations/recorded webinars is Option 3 for the $300 Wellness Incentive Program. All Talks will also be recorded and will be available for you to view after November 16.

    Wellness U: Putting Theory Into Practice For YOUR Best Health:

    • October 26, 2020, 4:30 - 5:15 pm - Cook It Up Healthy - Cooking healthy doesn't have to mean tasteless. Learn how to replace those not-so-good-for-you ingredients with nutritious, delicious, natural ingredients without losing flavor and texture. Discover cooking techniques that enhance foods. Get down to the nitty gritty with food labels to make the best choices.
    • November 2, 2020, 4:30 - 5:15 pm - Cooking Demonstration - Both your kitchen set up andnutrition can either exacerbate your stress and anxiety or it can ease the tension. Join Coaches Iris and Joan for a live cooking demonstration to help you uncover easy ways to organize your kitchen and cook up foods that tame the tension and inflammation.
    • November 9, 4:30 - 5:15 pm - Building Your Own Physical Activity Program - You're not like anyone else. So why do someone else's workout routine? Discover how to give YOUR exercise program purpose so that your efforts show the results that YOU want to see.
    • November 16, 4:30 - 5:15 pm - Gut Check! - Your digestive health strongly affects your overall well being. Learn about how your diet and lifestyle contribute to the health or aggravation of your gut biome. Discover the most common digestive ailments and how to eat, move and live in a way to take better care of your insides.

    If you choose to view the recorded version of the presentation(s), they will be available here after Nov 16.

    For questions, please contact your Wellness Coaches at:

  • Veg Out - Sept. 28 - Oct. 25

    Veg Out! September 28 - October 25
    Veg Out Flier - In PDF

    Join the Veg-Out Challenge

    • To eat more vegetables!
    • To enjoy more color and flavor in your life!
    • To expand your nutrition IQ!
    • To experience better health!

    This four-week challenge starts September 28. You will be tracking and increasing your daily intake of vegetables for a month. The goal is to consume at least 50 servings of veggies during the challenge. Eat at least 100 servings of veggies and get into the Grand Prize drawing.


    To qualify for prizes, turn in your completed tracker to your health coach by October 29, 2020 and have consumed at least 50 servings of veggies (that's 2 servings a day).

    • Reach 50 servings or more of veggies during the challenge to be entered into the raffle to win 1 of 10 $25 gift cards.
    • Reach 100 servings or more of veggies during the challenge to be entered into the Grand Prize raffle to win 1 of 10 $100 gift cards.

    Questions? Contact your Tucson Unified Health Coaches at

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


Contest Winners

Meet Your Health Coach

We were delighted to kick off this school year with the Meet Your Health Coach Challenge! We had the pleasure of meeting with 309 Tucson Unified employees from August 17 to September 18. All employees who participated in the challenge were entered into a raffle drawing for 1 of 20 $50 Amazon e-gift cards.

The Meet Your Health Coach Challenge Winners are:

Angela Saltz

Karen Evans

Leticia Lozano

Sonja Hopson

Eric Wirth

Karen Gutierrez

Lori Herron

Sonjia Martin

Jamie Tarpey

Keri Wiley

Margaret Seamans

Suzette Gorrell

Jenny Fiero

Laura Fennema

Maria Kagen

Suzie Basurto

Jerry Lazur
(Dropout Prevention)

Laura Flores Gastelum

Shelley Vick

Tina Schivone

Congratulations to all of our Meet Your Health Coach Challenge Raffle Prize Winners!

FITGO Bingo - Summer 2020 Winners

We want to send a big Thank You to those who participated in our 2020 FITGO Bingo Summer Challenge. The outstanding participants completed 3,112 health and wellness squares and 1,058 bingo lines this summer! We are pleased to announce this year’s FITGO Bingo Raffle Winners.

All FITGO Bingo challengers earned a raffle for a Back to School Wellness Survival Kit!

Back to School Wellness Survival Kit Winners:

Aimee Parrish (Catalina)
Angela Lopez (Maldonado)
Anna Aragon-Gaona (Oyama)
Anya Mykoliuk-Thompson (Catalina)
April Knippen (Gridley)
Brandon Dorathy (Wheeler)
Dawn Fradette (Mansfeld)
Ellen Dunscomb (Sam Hughes)
Emily Adams (McCorkle)
Emily Evans (Hudlow)
Kristen Bury (Drachman)
Mary Elenes (1010)
Megan Beals (Tucson High)
Monica Tovar (Food Services)
Norma Lerma (White)
Rebecca Rusciolelli (1010)
Sonia Dunscombe (Steele)
Stacey Darko (Tucson High)
Taeko Miller (Eastside Transportation)
Wendy Johnson-Roe (Cragin)

All 1,058 completed Bingo lines earned a raffle entry for $50 Amazon Gifted Cards!

$50 Amazon Gift Cards Raffle Winners:

Cheryl Watters (Sahuaro)
Cindy James (Safford)
Cynthia Busby (Collier)
Julie Alvira (Erickson)
Kathy Jensen (Cholla)
Kelly Bristow (Catalina)
Leticia Santiesteban (Sub)
Luz Barrandey (Warren)
Nina Jolly (Howell)
Rita Scott (Robins)
Sierra Griggs (Hollinger)
Sylvia Quigley (1010)

All 54 participants who blacked out their FITGO Bingo cards were entered into an additional raffle for $100 Amazon Gift Cards!

$100 Amazon Gift Cards Raffle Winners:

Corey Poindexter Ramirez (Maxwell)
Cyndie Cruze (Collier)
Kris Kissel (Sabino)
Lindsey Aragon (Miller)
Maria Elena Mendoza (Whitmore)
Marta Marin-Magana (Manzo)
Stephanie Alvarez (Davis)
Valerie Andree (Brichta)

Congratulations to all of our FITGO Bingo Raffle Prize Winners!

2019-20 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:

  • 493 people completed the challenge by sending in their NSV form and/or weighing out
  • 3,324 lbs. were lost in this challenge
  • The top 3 winning teams lost an average of 8.9%

This year, we have 13 winning teams and 59 winners in total!

Your Biggest Winner WINNERS!

The Biggest Winner Podium - $50 Gift cards for each team member

1st Place Overall: LIRCitas (LIRC)

Jeanette Acuna, Sophia Desaracho, and Teri Shepard-McBride

2nd Place Overall:

Drop it Like it's HOT! (Wheeler):
Ashley Rodriguez, Ashley Timmons, Brandy Nix, Elizabeth Houston-Judd, and Kelly O'Brien

3rd Place Overall:

The Thincredibles (Alice Vail):
Anne Counihan-Gershweir, April Hartman, Jackie Stensel, Mollie Grove, and Susan Williams

Raffle Winners- $50 Gift cards for each team member

  • Calorie Killers-Stay Sexy and Don't Get Fat! (McCorkle):
    Caity Reddington, Emily Adams, Feven Afewerki, Laura Segura, and Sitlai Garcia Saucedo
  • Darkside Darlings (Henry):
    Bonnie Dorfman, Diane Holzman, Elena Doughty, Mary Starks, and Tracy Ganote
  • Dump the Junk (Mission View):
    Claudia Leon, Deanna Valdez, Frances Galaz, Griselda Lopez, and Jessica Smith
  • Fat? No Spanx! (Sewell):
    Christina Petrino, Jan Milligan, Sara Dineley, Tusamba Nefwani, and Veronica Watson
  • Mamacitas Losin' It (Tucson High):
    Beatriz Gavino, Danielle Celaya, Elizabeth Hernandez, Leah Forger, and Stacey Darko
  • Nacho Average Teachers (Roberts-Naylor):
    Amanda Marchioni, Gloria Kanis, Julie Groce, Nicole Loaiza, and Yshelle Barraza
  • Shrinking Roses (C.E. Rose):
    Angelica Elias, Erika Hernandez, Eunice Fierro, Marie Huerta, and Megan Bailey
  • Slim Pickens (Magee):
    Eric Wirth, Roxanne Martinez, and Sarah Ramos
  • The Thick and Thins (Erickson):
    Cassey McCormick, Julie Alvira, Michelle Marquez, Nicole De Luca, and Regina Ortega-Mccarty
  • Thrivin' Not Survivan' (Sabino):
    Lisa Weber-Lowrie, Miranda Lebofsky-Penner, and Renee Ibarra

Best Team Name Raffle Winners - $15 Gift cards for each team member

13 amazing names were entered into a the "Best Team Name" Raffle

Nacho Average Teachers (Roberts-Naylor)

Kudos and thank you for participating in the 2020 Biggest Winner Team Challenge!

Healthy Selfie Winners

We had so much fun with the 2019 Healthy Selfie Challenge! We love seeing your photos and hearing about what wellness means to each of you./p>

The goal of the Healthy Selfie Challenge was to submit photos and hit 3 or more categories (Wellness For You, New recipe or activity, Fitness, Nutrition, Hydration, Group photo, Selfie with your Health Coach) to be entered into the Healthy Selfie Raffle Drawing between Oct 16 – Dec 6. Each employee could earn up to 7 raffle entries for 1 of 15 Health and Wellness Prize Bags valued at $100 each. This year, we had 976 raffle entries!

We are pleased to announce the Healthy Selfie Challenge Winners!

Nutrition Prize Bag Winners - 6-quart Instant Pot and Instant Pot Accessories

Grace Kinney (Steele)

Isabella Jaramillo (MASS)

Teresa Federico (Lynn Urquides)

Fitness Prize Bag Winners
Fitbit Inspire and a 3-in-1 AB Wheel Roller Kit AB Roller Pro with Push-Up Bar, Jump Rope and Knee Pad with Workout Guide

Patricia Perez (Pueblo Gardens)

Sondra Dewey (Safety)

Trinidad Tester (Catalina)

Yoga & Mobility Prize Bag Winners
Yoga Kit with Yoga Mat, Yoga Block & Yoga Strap, Foam Roller, Theracane, and Massage Balls Set

Karin Lee (Cholla)

Michelle Marquez (Erickson)

Sylvia Quigley (1010)

Self-Care Prize Bag Winners
Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser (550ml 12 Hours Wood Grain Aroma Diffuser), Plant Therapy - 100% Pure, Undiluted, Natural Aromatherapy - 7 Essential Oils & 7 Synergy Blends and Plant Therapy Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil

Angela Lopez (Maldonado)

Jennifer Osborne (Collier)

Rachel Ruder (Roberts-Naylor)

Hydration Prize Bag Winners
ZAK 30 oz Stainless Double Wall Steel Tumbler, 64oz Double Wall Stainless Steel Growler, Infusion Pro 32 oz. Fruit Infusion Water Bottle with Insulated Sleeve, Fruit Infused Water Recipes and Ulla Hydration Reminder

Ellen Dunscomb (Sam Hughes)

Megha Sharma (Myers Ganoung)

Yolanda Chamseddine (Safford)

We want to give a quick shout out to all of the employees who hit all 7 categories in this year's challenge. The following employees have each won a LIFE Insulated Grocery Bag and were entered into the Grand Prize Raffle Drawing:

Amanda Montgomery (Grijalva)

Kelsey Haag (Borman)

Patricia Perez (Pueblo Gardens)

Ana Kroh (Palo Verde)

Kevin Startt (1010)

Patty Van Asdlan (Duffy)

Ana Maria Lopez Medrano (Hollinger)

Kim DuPuis (East Trans)

Peg Wilmore (Gridley)

Angela Lopez (Maldonado)

Kim Martin (Johnson)

Rachel Ruder (Roberts-Naylor)

Coleen Holliday (Cragin)

Kimberly Rogers (Duffy)

Robin Farias (Catalina)

Dawn Sarnes (Collier)

Kirstin Bittel (1010)

Robin McSpadden (Sabino)

Debra Jacobs (Marshall)

Lindsey Aragon (Miller)

Robyn Soberg (Henry)

Elena Doughty (Henry)

Lisa Langford (Collier)

Sharon Waddill (Howell)

Elizabeth Bouwens (Hollinger)

Maggie Derksen (Miles)

Soraya Marrone (Hollinger)

Grace Kinney (Steele)

Margaret Moeykens (Henry)

Susan Essington (Direct Link)

Ida Melen (Collier)

Margaret Seamans (Borton)

Sylvia Quigley (1010)

Isis Escobar (Hollinger)

Maria Elena Mendoza (Whitmore)

Taeko Miller (East Trans)

Jackie Freed (Cragin)

Megha Sharma (Myers Ganoung)

Tammy Case (Cholla)

Jan Milligan (Sewell)

Melissa King (Collier)

Trinidad Tester (Catalina)

Janet Stein (Sabino)

Mercedes Mejias (East Trans)

Trish Sierra (Borman)

Jennifer Osborne (Collier)

Michelle Garcia (1010)

Vanda Morey (Collier)

Julie Alvira (Erickson)

Nicky Cota Robles (Kellond)

Vanessa Manion (Soleng Tom)

Julie Groce (Roberts-Naylor)

Nina Jolly (Howell)

Yolanda Chamseddine (Safford)

Karin Lee (Cholla)



Grand prize: Health and Wellness Prize Bag valued at $250
ZAK 30 oz Stainless Double Wall Steel Tumbler, ZAK 64oz Double Wall Stainless Steel Growler, Ulla Hydration Reminder, Fitbit Inspire, Theracane, Instant Pot and Stress Relief: 100% Pure Essential Oil Body Spray, Face Mist, Room Spray, Anxiety Relief, Insomnia Relief, Spa & Relaxation Oil

Lindsey Aragon (Miller)

*All Healthy Selfie prizes will be delivered in a LIFE Insulated Grocery Bag. Your health coach will reach out to the challenge winners and deliver their prizes before Winter Break!

Congratulations to all of the Healthy Selfie Challengers and to all of our winners!

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