How Voting Affects Fitness For You & Your Community, According To Instructors

With the 2020 elections just on the other side of this month, voting is top of mind for a lot of people. There’s a lot at stake in this election, and if you’re turning to fitness to sweat the stress away, you’re probably not the only one. But fitness and voting have even more to do with each other than you’d think.

Your access to workout spaces — whether that’s a local park with a track or a boutique studio — is fundamentally shaped by voting, says Nicole Cardoza, a yoga instructor and founder of Yoga Foster and the newsletter Anti-Racism Daily. “There are systemic issues perpetuated in the studios we hold dear and in the spaces that we occupy when we’re trying to be well,” Cardoza says. “So when we want to feel well in studios, it’s really about looking at that overarching system of racism and dismantling it. A lot of that, especially in the next few weeks, comes down to the actions we take at our polls.”

How Do Politics Shape Fitness Culture?

Pretty much everything about your gym or fitness studio is shaped by who’s in office in your area, Cardoza explains, pointing in particular to access to public transportation, instructor pay, and basic neighborhood safety where studios are located.

T’Nisha Symone, founder of luxury fitness club BLAQUE, tells Bustle that zoning laws have a lot to do with the presence — or lack thereof — of accessible fitness spaces in Black and brown neighborhoods. “State and local governments decide how neighborhoods are constructed and as a result, what kind of fitness and wellness behaviors the people in these communities will have access to,” she explains. “Whether or not these resources are available is something that can and should inform our voting behaviors at the local level.”

Access to fitness resources has to do with both private and public interests. A 2019 analysis conducted by Bloomberg found that franchises like CrossFit, Barry’s Boot Camp, and Pure Barre are usually located in neighborhoods that are over 80% white. Of the other 13 fitness franchises included in the analysis, 12 were also located in areas with an average of 70-80% white people. The data also revealed that clubs like Equinox and SoulCycle are often located in gentrifying neighborhoods, drawing in more affluent and white clientele rather than serving the often BIPOC, low-income communities that have been living there.

“Wellness is political,” says Helen Phelan, a Pilates instructor who specializes in body neutrality and mindfulness. “To serve only one type of person is political. To avoid making a statement or ‘getting political’ is a privilege and a political statement all in itself.”

What people learn, say, and even wear in studios is also political. “If you say ‘namaste’ at the end of your practice or wear Mala beads, you need to be standing up for racial injustice,” says Ali Duncan, a yoga instructor and the founder of Urban Sanctuary, the first women-run, Black-owned yoga studio in Denver, Colorado. “So

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May 3, 2020

Time for a brutally honest and vulnerable life update. I’m usually very private about my life experiences, but this community has always felt like a safe space to share my struggles and successes. I’ve been away from this community and health in general this past year. I come from an extremely toxic and abusive home life and was juggling that healing with trying to move away for university last year. I got really sick when I was away at school and my health (mental, physical, and emotional) all began to spiral despite my best efforts. In truth, I have struggled with body dysmoprhia and healthy food habits since I was a child (insert childhood trauma here lmao). While I was active as a kid and as a teenager and ate healthy, I obssesed over my figure becauce I am built curvy. At my healthiest, I was not enough for myself. I was hitting the gym twice a day everyday and convincing myself that eating little to no calories a day was good for me because what I was eating was healthy. If I so much as ate a cheat meal, I would guilt myself for weeks after. While these last two years have been some of the worst of my life, they have made me stop and ask myself what health really means. I’ve been able to pinpoint these nevative habits I have and instead focus on healthy choices regardless of what the reflection or the number on the scale looks like. I’ve gone from not wanting to get out of bed in the morning to waking up early to get in a mile run. Not because I have to, but because I enjoy it. This to me is a health transformation! I’m proud to say that I am now embarking on month 3 of my fitness journey. All clean eating and exercising 3 times a week on top of attending school AND working shifts at the hopsital during this pandemic. But most importantly, clean thinking. Talking to myself kindly and appreciating my body for what it can do. I say all of this to say that your journey is yours and no one else’s. And if you aren’t already, be a little kinder to yourself. All those insecurities only have the power you give to them. Whether you’ve just started working toward your goal, aren’t where you want to be, or are almost there: take a moment to stop and be proud of all the work you’ve put in. Each healthy choice is a choice to be celebrated and proud of!

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“I absolutely love working for Careworks. I love that I get to see people of all different ages. I like the idea of providing urgent care to my patients and, when needed, helping to point them in the right direction for follow-up care. I also really enjoy that we see such a wide variety of healthcare complaints. I feel like urgent care is the perfect place for me. Urgent care works for me because I would rather work three to four longer shifts per week than a stiff Monday through Friday schedule. It’s convenient to work in urgent care because when my shift is over, my job is done. I like that there is no charting from home or being on call.”

Sarah Vidumsky, PA-C

Geisinger Careworks Pittston
Sarah completed her physician assistant training at Philadelphia University.


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“LIFE Geisinger is a wonderful program that provides socialization, therapy, medication management, nutrition, medical care and transportation to frail elderly members of our community, enabling them to remain in their homes. Otherwise known as a PACE program, it allows our frail population to remain with their family and attain more enjoyment in their later years.”

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Dr. Martin received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his residency in family medicine at Geisinger Medical Center. Dr. Martin is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.


“I was first struck by how Geisinger seemed to be light years ahead of other health care institutions. It definitely impacted my decision to practice here. Someone was always there to answer all of my questions, and as a new physician, that’s very encouraging. I think that’s one of the great things about working here – not only is Geisinger far ahead of the competition in terms of holistic patient care, but they look for ways to make things better for employees, too. It’s one of the many reasons why I choose to stay at Geisinger”

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Geisinger Scenery Park, State College
Dr. Newhouser received his osteopathic degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine., and completed his residency at Latrobe Area Hospital. He is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.








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Public Health Unit Locations – Public Health Units – Health Services in Your Community

Erie St. Clair


Chatham-Kent Health Unit
P.O. Box 1136

435 Grand Avenue West

Chatham, ON   N7M 5L8

Tel  : 519-352-7270
Fax : 519-352-2166

Website : ckphu.com


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Lambton Public Health

160 Exmouth Street

Point Edward, ON   N7T 7Z6

Tel : 519-383-8331

Toll : 1-800-667-1839
Fax : 519-383-7092

Website : www.lambtonhealth.on.ca


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Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

1005 Ouellette Avenue

Windsor, ON   N9A 4J8

Tel  : 519-258-2146
Fax : 519-258-6003

Website : www.wechu.org


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South West


Middlesex-London Health Unit

50 King Street

London, ON   N6A 5L7

Tel : 519-663-5317
Fax : 519-663-9581

Website : www.healthunit.com


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Grey Bruce Health Unit

101 17th Street East

Owen Sound, ON   N4K 0A5

Tel  : 519-376-9420

Toll : 1-800-263-3456

Website : www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/


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Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
P.O. Box 570

12 Gilbertson Dr

Simcoe, ON  N3Y 4N5

Tel : 519-426-6170
Fax : 519-426-9974

Website : www.hnhu.org


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Southwestern Public Health

1230 Talbot Street
St. Thomas, ON   N5P 1G9

Tel : 519-631-9900

Toll : 1-800-922-0096


Website : www.swpublichealth.ca


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Huron Perth District Health Unit

653 West Gore Street

Stratford, ON   N5A 1L4

Tel  : 519-271-7600
Fax : 519-271-2195

Website : www.hpph.ca



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Waterloo  Wellington


Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

160 Chancellors Way

Guelph, ON  N1G 0E1


Tel  : 519-822-2715

Toll : 1-800-265-7293
Fax : 519-836-7215

Website : www.wdgpublichealth.ca


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Grey Bruce Health Unit

101 17th Street East

Owen Sound, ON  N4K 0A5

Tel  : 519-376-9420

Toll : 1-800-263-3456


Website : www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/



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Region of Waterloo, Public Health
P.O. Box 1633

99 Regina Street South

Waterloo, ON   N2J 4V3

Tel  : 519-575-4400
Fax : 519-883-2241

Website : www.chd.region.waterloo.on.ca


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Hamilton  Niagara  Haldimand  Brant


Brant County Health Unit

194 Terrace Hill Street

Brantford, ON   N3R 1G7

Tel  : 519-753-4937

Fax : 519-753-2140

Website : www.bchu.org/


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Hamilton Public Health Services

110 King St. West, 2nd Floor

Hamilton, ON   L8P 4S6

Tel : 905-546-CITY (2489)
TTY 1-800-855-0511


Website : www.hamilton.ca/publichealth


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Halton Region Health Department

1151 Bronte Road

Oakville, ON
 L6M 3Ll

Tel  : 905-825-6000

Toll : 1-866-442-5866
TTY : 905-827-9833


Website : www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Public-Health


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Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
P.O. Box 570

12 Gilbertson Drive

Simcoe, ON  N3Y 4N5

Tel : 519-426-6170
Fax : 519-426-9974

Website : www.hnhu.org


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Niagara Region Public Health Department

1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way
P.O. Box 1042

Thorold, ON   L2V 4T7

Tel  : 905-688-3762

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Why Choose Family Medicine?

Family medicine physicians provide comprehensive, continuous healthcare to all members of the family throughout the course of their lives. By building relationships based on communication and respect, these physicians gain a deeper understanding of the whole person, including the range of physical, emotional and socioeconomic factors that influence a person’s health status.

The Department of Family & Community Medicine integrates biological, clinical and behavioral sciences to train our physicians to provide outstanding levels of patient-centered and culturally appropriate care.

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Michael K Rakotz

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Rakotz oversees efforts to prevent cardiovascular disease for the American Medical Association. A practicing family physician for more than 20 years, Dr. Rakotz recently served as the Director of Population Health and Virtual Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group. In 2014, his office was one of 30 sites in the U.S.to earn the designation as a Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion. In addition to his position in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, he is a Fellow for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (HIT).

Gail Lynn Patrick

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Patrick works with Asian Human Services Family Health Center, a federally-qualified health center, in West Ridge.

Anuj Kumar Shah

Clinical Instructor of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Shah is an Associate Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency at Erie Family Health Center-Humboldt Park. He practices full spectrum family medicine at Erie, a federally qualified health center on the west side of Chicago. Dr. Shah has completed fellowships in both Faculty Development and Integrative Medicine, and a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Community Medicine. His interests include providing high-quality, compassionate primary care in underserved populations with a focus on affordable, holistic approaches to care for the body, mind, spirit, and community.

Dorothy A Dschida

Lecturer of Family and Community Medicine

I am currently an assistant program director with the NW Family Medicine residency program. In this position I supervise our residents on the inpatient adult and newborn services. My clinical areas of interest include women’s health, obstetrics, and urban underserved medicine.

Adam W Bennett

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

I practice primary care sports medicine, a newer field geared towards the non-surgical management of muskuloskeletal complaints. Currently a team physician for the Chicago Bears (NFL) and US Soccer Men’s National Team.

Jeffrey M Panzer

Clinical Instructor of Family and Community Medicine

Family physician at Erie Family Health Center.

Michael E McGarry

Clinical Instructor of Family and Community Medicine

I currently serve as the Clinical Head of Sports Medicine for the United States Navy Recruit Training Command/CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. I am Board Certified in Family Medicine and Fellowship trained in Sports Medicine.

Santina J G Wheat

Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

I am currently a core faculty member of the Northwestern Family Medicine residency program. In this position I supervise our residents on OB service, in outpatient clinic, and during their HIV training.

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