Giving Thanks During the Coronavirus

March 24th, 2020
Thanks during coronavirus

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty throughout the world, it is important to remember that good things can come out of bad situations.  Although it is scary that schools and public areas are closed and those with health conditions have to take extra precautions, the world can take this time to remember that we achieve great things when communities unite to spread kindness and assist our fellow neighbors.

My faith in humanity has been constantly buoyed over the past week when I read about the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at Montgomery County Public Schools packaging more than 100,000 meals for local students in need, local children using their allowances to create care packages for the older neighbors in their communities, and watch videos of teachers driving through their school communities to show their students that they are thinking of them.

It is a time to reflect on our many blessings.

I am grateful that I have a wonderful family.  My wife and young adult children have helped me create a cutting-edge, indoor “playground” where families can have fun while improving their fitness together, and I am lucky that my family shares my dream of helping people maximize their physical potential whether they are children, adults, senior citizens, or have special needs.  In fact, many of you have met my family members in the gym as they assisted families during Open Houses and played with the children during special events.

I am thankful to my Fitness for Health family.  I have the best staff, and my fitness trainers, occupational therapists, and physical therapists are not only experts in their fields but they also share my dedication to our local community.  Their innovative and creative approach to therapeutic fitness has helped kids – and adults – of all ages and abilities enjoy the benefits of physical activity while conquering their fear of trying new activities. 

I am also thankful for you – my Fitness for Health friends.  Fitness for Health is living proof that good things can come from bad situations. As many of you know, a few years ago, our facility experienced damage from a building fire, and it took us almost a year to rebuild our therapeutic facility.  We tried to take that tragedy in stride, and used the opportunity to make Fitness for Health’s facility even better.  Due to your children’s and families’ comments and suggestions, we are now the only fitness facility in the Washington, D.C, area that offers rock climbing, state-of-the-art exergaming and an amazing laser maze for children and adults.  And, we are proud to have added cutting-edge, occupational and physical therapies to our list of services to create a timesaving, one-stop-shop for families seeking multiple services. 

As with our building fire, we are taking the misfortune of the coronavirus in stride. Although Maryland Governor Hogan has ordered “nonessential businesses” to close in Maryland, we are hopeful that Fitness for Health will be able to reopen shortly and we look forward to once again providing families with therapeutic services.

The health and safety of our Fitness for Health clients and team is our highest priority. Click here to learn about the precautions that Fitness for Health will continue to take to protect your family’s health.

During this time of global uncertainty, please remember to give gratitude for the love of your family, good health, a safe place to take refuge, and the support of your community.

I’d like to thank you again for your continued support and patronage.

I wish you and your family good health and a quick resolution to COVID-19.

-Marc Sickel, founder and president of Fitness for Health

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