by Wellfit Girls | Feb 29, 2016 | In The News |
I initially joined Wellfit Girls Program this year as an intern interested in volunteering my time and learning more about marketing. I am passionate about the program’s mission and have seen great results from friends who have participated in the program. I am a sophomore at FGCU studying marketing. I hope to learn more about myself and gain leadership skills that will set me a part from others my age.
I was recommended to the program by a former Wellfit Girl because I have always struggled with anxiety and self-esteem issues. My anxiety and lack of confidence has held me back from so many opportunities. By joining this program, I hope to find a boost in self-confidence. I want to believe that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I hope to come back from Peru with a new perspective on life. I want to be ready for whatever comes my way and not let anything hold me back from accomplishing what I truly want in life. In my free time I enjoy playing viola, painting and baking. I volunteer for my school’s Key Club and am part of Quest, which is a college preparation program.
I first heard about Wellfit Girls at a community yoga class. I saw a sense of community within the program and was inspired to join. I used to work out a lot, but have not lately. I am hoping the program will get me back on track with a regular workout schedule. I play Varsity Tennis and enjoy yoga in my free time. I am president of Kids Can Club and a member of Key Club. I hope the program will give me a sense of motivation that I can use throughout my life. I believe it will make me a stronger person both mentally and physically.
I joined Wellfit Girls because I want to walk away from this program with new experiences and become more self-motivated. I want to step out of my comfort zone and become more social. I have always been pessimistic and would like to change that about myself. I want to come back from Peru and say that I made a difference in the world. I like to spend my free time playing guitar and reading comic books, poetry and mythology.
I have wanted to join Wellfit Girls for a while. I almost joined the original group but did not have the time or finances at the time. I have regretted that decision ever since and am grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the program as a college student. Since graduating from high school, I have felt an emptiness inside. I went to a private university away from home my freshman year, but I did not fit in and fell into a state of depression. I believe Wellfit Girls will help me get through this difficult time in my life. I hope to gain confidence, people skills and step out of my comfort zone. I am majoring in nursing at FGCU and hope to become a pediatrician.
I joined Wellfit Girls because I want to have a new outlook on life and challenge myself. I have always been self-conscious about my weight but want to prove to myself that I can make a change. My hobbies include dancing, singing, volleyball, reading and photography. I enjoy spending my free time in the outdoors and around kids and animals. I hope to be the first person in my family to attend college.
I was inspired to join Wellfit Girls after seeing the Warrior One Movie in 2015. I moved to Naples from a private school and have struggled making new friends. I have always been on the shy side and so I hope this program will help navigate me through that. I hope to gain confidence, make new friends, establish a regular workout schedule, travel and volunteer. I am very passionate about art. I enjoy spending my free time drawing, painting and practicing yoga. I volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and intern at the von Liebig Art Center in Naples.
I moved to the United States from Mexico when I was seven years old. The move was really hard on me, my four brothers and my parents. Since I moved here, I have dealt with a lack of confidence. My hobbies include art and animation. I hope to make new friendships, learn more about other countries, gain more confidence and make memories that will last a lifetime by being a part of Wellfit Girls. My goals for the future are to study psychology, be a strong leader, become more physically fit, feel healthier and make better life choices.
I am the captain of the St. John Neumann cheerleading team. I have been cheerleading for seven years, earning All American honors the past two years. I struggle with my confidence day in and day out. I have always been very self conscious but hope to change that through Wellfit Girls. I want to gain more confidence, become better at overcoming obstacles and meet people I would not normally meet. I hope by the end of the program I will have more self-worth and think higher of myself. My dream is to be a cheerleader for FSU and major in interior design.
I grew up dancing and I am currently a dancer at the Naples Dance Conservatory. I also enjoy photography and running. I am a member of the Pre-Med Club, Kids Can Club, Marine Science Club and Great Books Club. I joined Wellfit Girls to gain new experiences and make new friends. I would also like to learn how to set higher goals for myself. I hope to return home from Peru with a new outlook on life. I believe this program will help me grow as a person and become stronger mentally and physically.
I am the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a participant in Art Club. I enjoy painting and pottery during my free time. I have always found it difficult to open up and have a fear of rejection. I hope this program helps me open up and become a stronger leader. My dream is to become the first one in my family to graduate college.
Hello! My name is Zya and I am a junior at Gulf Coast High School. I love to travel, sing, dance, act, and play music. I aspire to be a travel journalist – taking pictures and traveling all around the world would be a dream come true. My advisor Joanna told me about the program. I thought this was a great opportunity to be healthier, meet great people, and travel. I think the program is great so far. Everyone is getting along so well and I am starting to see myself change into a better person. I hope to be more physically fit and to learn to change my lifestyle to be healthier and confident. That’s what I would like to get out of this program. My greatest challenges over the next few months are choosing healthy foods to eat and running! My favorite forms of exercise are biking, swimming, and dancing. If I was a superhero, I would be able to fly or teleport so I could travel for free!
Hi, my name is Stephanie! I live with my mom and step-dad with my two dogs. I go to Naples High School and I like to work out at the gym! My therapist told me about this program and I thought that it would be good for me. I enjoy Wellfit Girls because I’ve met new people and have built relationships as well as getting fit. I hope to get more fit and keep in touch with the people I have met. My hardest challenge will be long distance running. My favorite forms of exercise are squats and sit ups. I like to work my legs and stomach. If I were a super hero, I would like to be a mind reader!
Hi my name is Sima, I am seventeen years old, and I am a Junior at Fort Myers High School. I found out about Wellfit Girls through my English teacher, Mrs. Anderson. I feel really good about this program so far, there is a lot going on. I hope that by the end of this program I am stronger and more confident in myself. My greatest challenge over the next five months will be opening up and trusting. Going to Peru, I need to trust the sisters in this program. My favorite workout is donkey kicks. When I get done with my kicks I have that good sore feeling in the lower half of my body that lets me know that I did some really good work. If I had super powers, I would choose to be invisible. Nothing beats being invisible where no one can see you and you can just be hidden from the world.
Hi, my name is Shelly, I am confident, driven, caring, adventurous, and I enjoy socializing and taking care of my health. I heard about this adventurous and empowering program from my yoga teacher and close friends. I am very happy that I joined Wellfit Girls because I have had a lot of fun meeting new people. My greatest challenge will be fundraising, and my favorite forms of exercise are yoga and running! If I were a super hero, my super power would be the ability to breathe under water.
Hi, my name is Payton, I go to Community School of Naples, I am eighteen years old, an only child, and I used to play volleyball! My mom told me about Wellfit Girls and I thought that it would be a great program to help me become more physically fit and boost my confidence. I LOVE THIS PROGRAM! Wellfit Girls is the best thing that’s happened to me. The girls I am with put a smile on my face all the time. I finally feel like I belong somewhere. Through this program, I want to build my confidence, amazing friendships, and my happiness! I think the biggest challenges I will face over the next five months will be workouts, letting myself know that I am okay to be me and that I am good at this, and people forming cliques within the groups. My favorite form of exercise is sit ups, and if I had a super power, I would want to be able to read people’s minds.
Hi, my name is Olivia, I go to Seacrest Country Day School, and I’m in this program with my sister! I found out about Wellfit Girls through my sister, and I thought it would be a great and fun experience to do together since she is going to college next year. I enjoy playing soccer, and I’m pretty active. I love this program so far! It is so fun and I have already met some pretty great girls. I feel like it has already motivated me in some ways and it’s just all around great. I’m hoping that the program helps me build more confidence. My biggest challenge will probably be the 5K run. I’ve never really run long distance except for a mile or two here and there. My favorite form of exercise is any leg workout, and mostly soccer. If I had a super power I would want to fly because it would feel so cool to be that high up and to travel up in the air and go places fast.
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Hi my name is Mara, I go to Island Coast High School, and I love to draw and write. I moved to Florida about two years ago from Kentucky and just moved again this past December. I love animals and music. I’ve wanted to be healthier and take care of myself better for a while now. When I heard about Wellfit Girls, it sounded like the perfect motivation to work out and change myself. So far, Wellfit Girls had definitely been a challenge. But, as I’ve been working harder and changing my unhealthy habits, workouts have been getting easier to do and I’ve been more and more motivated. I hope to gain a respect for myself and my body as well as motivation to keep myself healthy long after the program is over. The biggest challenge I see for myself in the next five months is staying motivated and changing my habits to be healthier. My favorite form of exercise is yoga. If I could have any super power I would want to be able to read minds because I want to know what people really think about things.
Hi, my name is Lilly. I am sixteen years old, I go to Barron Collier High School, and I am a Top Gun Allstars cheerleader. I heard about Wellfit Girls through Rachel Waltzer and my mother. I am really enjoying the program. I have gotten really close with the girls already and can’t wait to make more memories! By the end of the program, I want to have more confidence and be able to open up a little more. My greatest challenge will be keeping up with what I eat! I want to maintain a healthy diet. My favorite forms of exercise are yoga and abs/stomach exercises. If I had a super power, I would want to be able to read people’s minds.
Hi my name is Lily and I am a seventeen year old Senior at Fort Myers High School. Some of my hobbies include dancing, reading, and volunteering. I am a part of the Fort Myers High School Dance Team. I found out about Wellfit Girls from the school news. The idea of getting fit really motivated me to join, but so did the end trip to Peru! So far I really enjoy Wellfit Girls. I love working out with a group of girls and motivating each other to go further and keep pushing on. I hope to become physically stronger and be able to overcome obstacles in my life that might come up in the future. I think my greatest challenge will be getting physically ready for Peru. I am willing and ready to work for it, but it will be tough. My favorite form of exercise is probably jogging. Even though it is the hardest for me, I feel so accomplished the further I go without stopping. If I were a super hero, my super power would be to fly so that way I would be able to get places faster.
Hi my name is Lena, I am seventeen years old and I am a senior at Fort Myers High School. A teacher recommended me, and I fell in love with the idea of this program. I also wanted to get fit as part of my new year’s resolution. I feel great that I am fortunate enough to be a part of this phenomenal group that really cares about the wellness of us girls and truly wants to see us grow to be happy and healthy. I’m hoping to learn a lot in this program. I want to become healthier and fit. Not just for now, but for life! My hardest challenges will be eating right and exercising regularly. My favorite forms of exercise are swimming and zumba. If I had a super power, I would want to be invisible so that no one will notice me and I can travel the world for free.
Hi my name is Kit and I am sixteen years old. I go to Fort Myers High School and I enjoy reading and writing. I am always listening to music. My assistant principal, Mrs. Kirschner told me about Wellfit Girls. I had also heard about it around my school and it sounded like a great program. I enjoy Wellfit Girls! It has so far taught me tolerance and leadership. I see myself growing already. I hope to grow and gain more strength through this program. I hope that Wellfit Girls gives me a chance to build more confidence. I think that my biggest challenge will be not getting discouraged in hard situations. My favorite forms of exercise are doing yoga and squats. If I could have any super power I would want to be able to read minds or fly.
Hi my name is Jerrica and I am seventeen years old. When I heard about Wellfit Girls I thought that it would be a really cool program to gain empowerment, strength, and confidence. I feel really motivated so far. There’s a lot of power in this program. I hope that through the course of this program that I start to really believe in myself. My hardest challenge over the next five months will be cleaning up my diet. My favorite form of exercise is running. It’s the hardest for me and that’s why I like it. Looking back at how much I’ve run is so soothing and awesome to see. If I were a super hero, I would want the ability to give every girl power and confidence because we all need that.
Hi, my name is Helena, I’m fifteen years old and I attend Barron Collier High School. I’m a pretty good student; I take advanced courses and have a good GPA. I’m a cheerleader at school, and I also started my own club called Girl Up. Girl Up is a club that brings girls together and is all about the empowerment of women. I love to travel, spending time with my friends, playing the guitar, and watching Netflix in my free time. I heard about Wellfit Girls through my friend Emma Bryant who is a senior at Barron and a Wellfit alumni, and my science teacher whose daughter is also a Wellfit alumni. I love this program so far. I look forward to it every week, and I like how Tuesdays are relaxing days and Thursdays we work out hard. I hope to empower myself, find myself, make long life friends with these girls, get in shape, and have an amazing experience in Peru. My greatest challenge will be finishing sophomore year and getting in shape for Peru. My favorite form of exercise is cardio. I love to run. I also like squats. If I were a super hero, I would want to be a shape shifter and turn into any animal I want.
Hi, my name is Destiny, I am fifteen years old, and I go to PACE Lee. I love music, playing guitar, poetry, and drawing. PACE mentioned Wellfit Girls to me, and when I heard about it, I decided to apply and take the opportunity. I think that it will be a self experience that will change how I view the world. I want to become a better person and interpret things better. My greatest challenges over the next five months will be working out constantly, working on mental challenges, getting to know people, and climbing the mountain. My favorite form of exercise is running. If I were a super hero, I would have the ability to manipulate any element – I would be an Elemental.
Hi my name is Destiny, I am sixteen years old and I go to PACE Lee. My friend told me about the program, so I asked a teacher to tell me more about it. I like Wellfit Girls so far. I am really beginning to change my lifestyle and eat healthier. I want to get stronger and be able to be overall healthier. This program could change my life and my view on things! My greatest challenge over the next five months will be eating healthier. I am addicted to eating junk food, so it’s hard to throw out. But I have been trying to eat healthier. I like to run and do yoga – those are my favorites! If I had any super power, I would want to be able to have people do anything I want them to do.
Hi my name is Charisma, I am a sixteen year old student at PACE Lee, and I enjoy cheering. My school told me about the Wellfit Girls Program and convinced me that it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m very excited for this experience; it is going to be a great adventure. I hope to gain strength and learn healthier habits through the duration of this program. My greatest challenge over the next five months is going to be eating healthy and changing my diet. My favorite forms of exercise are speed walking and mountain climbers. If I had a super power, I would want to be able to speak all languages.
Hi my name is Brittney, I’m sixteen years old, and I attend Fort Myers High School. I LOVE theatre – I am a thespian, and I’m in IB. I heard about the program through my school. I really enjoy this program. I’m learning a lot about myself and fitness. I would like to carry this experience and lifestyle with me throughout the rest of my life! My hardest challenge over the next five months will be eating right. My favorite form of exercise is running and if I had a super power I would have combined abilities of the goddesses Aphrodite and Athena. I would be able to charm speak and have unbound intelligence.
Hi, my name is Bella, I go to Naples High, and I like to fish. Amy Voelkl originally told me about the program, and I thought that it would be a great way to meet new people. I really like the Wellfit program and I feel very comfortable with everyone here. It’s very empowering and I feel good after having our meetings. I hope that after this program I will be more outgoing and find out more about myself. I want to boost my confidence. My greatest challenge during the next five months will be working out, but I like doing squats. Squats are my favorite form of exercise. If I were a super hero, my super power would have to be flight.
Hi, my name is Avorie! I live with my dad, I work at Big Cypress Animal Clinic, and I am a student at Lely high School. I am a competitive ballroom dancer and a pilot. I’m sixteen years old, but my friends say I could pass as a mom hahaha. I was brought to Wellfit Girls when a dear friend mentioned the opportunity to me. Having a group to workout and travel with was really appealing to me. I absolutely adore the program so far. I hope I find a peaceful mindset, as well as becoming more physically fit. I think the biggest challenge over the next five months will be keeping a group of girls happy and friendly without any drama. My favorite form of exercise is dancing. If I were a super hero, my super power would be flight.
Hi, my name is Alexis, I am a sixteen-year-old junior at Palmetto High School, and I am in 4H (agriculture) and I show animals! I found out about this program on Facebook, and I love it so far! I hope to be a stronger and happier person at the end of this. My greatest challenge will be pushing myself through when things get tough. My favorite form of exercise is dance. If I were a super hero, I would want to be able to fly!
Hi my name is Amber and I am a Senior at Fort Myers High School. I am seventeen years old and I like to bowl and hang out with my friends and family. My English teacher read an email from the vice principal out loud to us about the opportunity to apply for Wellfit Girls and what it was about. I was interested, so I went to the vice principal’s office to check it out further. So far, I am really enjoying the program. I am constantly learning. I hope to have a change in my lifestyle with my diet choices and how active I am. I am really lazy and I want to change that, but I think it will be hard. I like to dance or be active in a way like aerobics where I am constantly moving and it’s usually to music. If I were a super hero, I would want the super power of controlling all the elements – water, fire, air, earth – like the avatar!
Hi my name is Alize, I am sixteen years old, I have been attending PACE Lee for eight months with perfect attendance. I found out about Wellfit Girls through my school. I feel that Wellfit Girls has changed my life. It’s the best thing that’s happened to me. What I hope to get out of this program is a new outlook on life. What I see being my biggest challenge over the next five months is the cardio workouts. My favorite form of exercise is weightlifting. If I could choose a super power I would choose super strength.
Hi, my name is Alex, I am nineteen years old, and I enjoy making music and art! I have two younger brothers and three younger step siblings, and we all like to create together and camp. I found out about Wellfit Girls through my mother, and soon met with Colby. I was hooked on the idea of this program and what I could possibly bring to it as well as learn. I really love this program. I have met some pretty amazing girls, and I am learning a lot about myself too. I look forward to our meetings and workouts every week. It keeps me motivated during the week. I’m really hoping to boost my confidence and make some friends through this program. My biggest challenge the next five months will definitely be running. If it’s one thing I don’t like to do is run, but it’s going to push me to something better. My favorite forms of exercise are playing tennis, and doing circuits. If I were a super hero, I would want the ability to pull anything I want straight out of the thin air. It would be super cool to have anything I could imagine right at my fingertips.