At Kaufman Development, we want to help fuel your wellness journey. One way we accomplish this goal is to make it easy for you to participate in healthy activities without leaving the community where you live. Here’s how it works.
Inspire the World Day
For starters, Inspire the World Day will take place on August 18 at The Gramercy in New Albany. Led by fitness expert Julie Wilkes, the day includes a lineup of classes and events designed to help you stay fit and improve your wellness. Proceeds from the event will benefit two charities—Cody’s Wish (Make-A-Wish Foundation) and Mats for Paws.
“I want to show people that it’s not always about going to the gym and lifting weights,” says Wilkes. “It’s about teaching the body to be healthy.” In that regard, the day is planned so that people at varying levels of fitness can participate—including beginners. Wilkes calls it a “healthy party,” and she is quick to add that live music, healthy snacks and fun will take center stage at the event.
Wilkes makes it her mission to teach people how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. She was born with a congenital heart defect, and doctors initially gave her a life expectancy of only 12 years. But as she grew older and incorporated fitness into her life, her heart condition improved. At the age of 24, Wilkes ran a marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and since that time, she’s been sharing her passion for health and fitness with others. “My life was meant to show that you can overcome,” she says. “I want to inspire others.” Today, Wilkes reaches a wide audience through her many videos, newspaper and magazine columns, and very soon—with her new book.
Thanks to help from sponsors like lululemon athletica, OXYwater, Kaufman Development, Cosi, and more, Inspire the World Day will include five sessions of your choice, a happy hour luau, words of inspiration from keynote speaker Brandon Wynn, and a hefty dose of inspiration from top leaders in the fitness, nutrition and wellness industry. Find out more at www.inspiretheworldday.com.
Fitness in the City
Fitness in the City is another initiative designed to positively impact the community with a passion for healthy, active living. “Fitness is everywhere,” says Rokki Bonner, fitness guru and owner of Personal Fitness Navigators. “We want to share our passion for fitness and to assist the community to lead healthy and more vibrant lives.” To accomplish this goal, Bonner and local fitness trainer Charles Gibson will lead on-site training and group classes at The Gramercy, including everything from yoga and Pilates to nutrition and healthy eating. “This is for everybody at all levels of fitness. We can modify a program to start from the beginning if necessary,” she says. “If you don’t know where to start, we are here to break it down and navigate you through that.”
Personal Fitness Navigators is also partnering with Kaufman Development to bring Fitness in the City to The Gramercy. This event is a great opportunity to get a good workout while having fun, according to Bonner. It will feature exercise, dance, TRX, yoga, Zumba, a live DJ, and the opportunity to network and socialize in a fun atmosphere. A fitness professional for the past 15 years, Bonner is dedicated to positively impacting people’s lives on a daily basis. “I want to get people to dig deep and change,” she says. Even better, it all takes place in your Kaufman community.
For more information about Fitness in the City, visit www.fitnessinthecitys.com.