Thanks to future residents Ted and Alley Ackroyd, residents, employees and community members who use Masonic Village at Elizabethtown’s Baird Wellness Center can log their exercise hours for a good cause.
The plan is simple: participants log their active minutes and completed exercises at the wellness center. Those minutes then translate into charitable dollars ($0.10 for 10 minutes to be exact), which will be donated by the Ackroyd Family Foundation.
The exercise challenge will raise funds for campus charities including the Masonic Children’s Home, Masonic Village Hospice and the Bleiler Caring Cottage, which is home to adults with developmental disabilities.
Ted, founder of HealthcareData®, one of America’s best-known healthcare audit firms, believes result-driven numbers can help people live better.
“Through the challenge, we hope to assist others in leading healthier lives,” Ted said. “Recording your exercise minutes introduces a sort of reality check and can also help people feel accomplished.”
The Ackroyds have sponsored similar programs at other facilities including colleges and universities, but Masonic Village is the first retirement community to try it. Participants will begin logging hours on March 1.
Currently, Ted and Alley work out at home, kayak and ride their tandem bike, but are looking forward to exploring Masonic Village’s nine miles of walking paths and racking up minutes in the Baird Wellness Center for charity when they move to their brand new cottage in December.