TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion Member of the Month
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May 2018 Member of the Month
About five years ago, Wendell Morris made a commitment to
himself to get back into shape. During
his early childhood years and throughout high school, competitive swimming had
been a big part of his life, so it was the natural choice. Wendell now consistently swims 6,000 meters
(240 laps) five days a week.
After graduating from college at Rice University in Houston,
Wendell returned to Cincinnati and joined with his brother and a high school
friend to start a 3D printing company named Morris Technologies, Inc. Now retired, Wendell enjoys having more time
to devote to swimming. “TriHealth is a
great place, and I feel like there’s a sense of family among the familiar faces
I see there every day,” Wendell says.
When he’s not swimming laps, Wendell loves traveling and looks
forward to spending the summer on the waters of Lake Huron in Canada and Norris
Lake in TN. His favorite trips include
Glacier National Park and the Big Island of Hawaii.
One fitness accomplishment that he is most proud of is his solo
4-mile swim across the channel between St. Joe Island and the mainland in
Canada. On top of it all, Wendell
recently won first place in the Pavilion’s French Riviera Swim Challenge.
Wendell’s advice to anyone starting out on their wellness
journey is to “set up a routine and have consistency. That’s the key for
keeping up with your fitness routine.”
Wendell and his wife Lynn have two daughters, Laura, a
senior at St. Ursula Academy, and Lizzie, a sophomore at Cincinnati Country
October 2017 Member of the Month
Once a self-described couch potato, Debbie Albright wanted to make a change and decided to train for the Flying Pig. After one month of training, Debbie was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis. Her doctor recommended that she begin hydro jogging to keep moving since she was unable to walk. But Debbie was afraid of the water and unsure where to start. Her friend and Pavilion member, Diane Shepard, recommended the Pavilion to Debbie.
With encouragement from Theresa Zarobell, a Pavilion lifeguard, she started her first day of jogging in the water, while tightly gripping the edge of the pool. “Each day Theresa would check on me and encourage me to move further into the pool. It took weeks, but finally I was able to let go of the side and eventually I could take classes in the main pool,” states Debbie.
Debbie lost almost 40 pounds since she started her water exercise classes at the Pavilion and is down three sizes. Her blood pressure and cholesterol have both decreased. “I am a much happier person now, more confident and feeling better than ever!”
Debbie grew up in Colorado. She and her husband, Gerry, have two children and 7 grandchildren. Debbie has worked in banking and advertising and she has also owned two scrapbooking stores.
Over the last year, she has enjoyed the deep water and hydro run classes. While in the water, she is able to walk taller and run faster. She completed the Flying Pig Half Marathon and she is training to walk the Queen Bee this October!
September 2017 Member of the Month
On the advice of her friend and neighbor, Mary Nurre joined the Pavilion two years ago with a goal of losing 40 pounds and has loved it ever since! She took
advantage of everything the Pavilion had to offer including the cardio equipment and fitness classes. Mary loves to row and bike and attends many of the water
aerobics classes. Mary has lost 20 pounds and is motivated to lose 20 more! “Growing a bond with other members has been really rewarding,” states Mary. “And I can’t
say enough about the entire staff of the Pavilion – everyone is so friendly!”
Mary has also made changes to her eating habits. “For me, the most important thing has been to add more fruits and vegetables to my diet. I also use a smaller
plate now, which helps control portion size,” she says.
Born in northwest Illinois, Mary went to school at Vincennes University in Indiana. After college, she moved to Cincinnati and has been living here ever since.
Mary and her husband, Jim, have two grown children, Keith and Matthew. She currently works in commercial real estate title insurance for Multi-State Title Agency/Frost
In her free time, Mary and her husband love traveling and taking road trips. One of her favorite trips was visiting Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone Park. She also
enjoyed the week spent in Washington, D.C. where they went to the Smithsonian Museums, Ford’s Theatre and Arlington National Cemetery. Jim, Mary and Matthew are
currently looking forward to a trip to Tampa to visit with Keith and other family members who all live in Tampa!
Mary looks forward to continuing her journey and advises new members who are joining the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion to try everything because the Pavilion
has so much to offer!