Riverdale Counselor Stacy Stevens kicks off the Raider Tracker Workout Incentive Program

Germantown, TN--February 28, 2020--  Riverdale counselor Stacy Stevens created the Raider Tracker Workout Incentive Program for the faculty and staff at Riverdale. Inspired by Sumits Yoga, the program challenges participants to complete 20, 28, or 36 workouts between Jan. 6th and March 13th. Each person got to select a goal of working out 1-2, 2-3, or 3-4+ times per week.

Currently, 75 of nearly 125 employees are participating, and are eligible to win ear pods and sports massages for those who meet their goals thanks to a $1,000 grant through Healthy Schools. Each participant who reached the halfway point was awarded a goody bag valued at over $150. They received trial passes for Sumits Yoga and UFC Fitness 10-day passes, as well as free smoothies from Smoothie King, gatorade, and ability to wear jeans at work.

Katie Faught and Joelle Dodge had the idea to offer some workout classes to the faculty after school, and accomplished this thanks to several of the local gyms, as well as faculty in-house who facilitated workouts. Stevens responded, “The motivation of working out to reach a goal just kind of blossomed into a team of us adding a little bit more here and there to help inspire our co-workers to be their best.” Stevens added, “We know the relationship between positive physical health and mental health, so it made sense to initiate this program through our Counseling Department.”

Several local businesses have donated month long subscriptions to their workout facilities, meals from local restaurants, and other prizes to use as big rewards for those who reach their workout challenge goal by the end of the 9 weeks. Local workout groups like F45 are offering free classes to teachers. Riverdale teachers Joelle Dodge and Karen Barbieri are leading a "Walk off the Weight '' 1 mile walking program weekly and Beach Body on Demand. Coach Bland is facilitating jump rope classes. RES parents Chanda Murphy and Anna Underwood are teaching yoga classes to teachers, as well as their kids. All of these classes are free, thanks to Katie Faught setting up the classes and getting student volunteers to provide child care. 
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