Guest Blogger: Sherri Stripling Assistant Controller & Zumba Instructor

Dedication to the fitness and health of the team members at Win-River Resort & Casino has resulted in a whole new world opening up for me.  It started with a simple gym membership offered to all team members (including me) in 2010 and ended with me embracing my new passion for teaching Zumba.

A friend of mine teaches Zumba and invited me to attend her class.  I declined the invite several times.  Finally, with the help of the Win-River Resort & Casino gym membership benefit, I attended my first Zumba class.  Getting the opportunity to go to the gym at no cost to me was perfect and a true gift.

So, what is Zumba?  Zumba is a dance fitness class incorporating dance styles from all around the world (Salsa, Cumbia, Hip Hop, and Flamenco to name a few).  Zumba class feels like a party.  I fell in love with Zumba because I love dance, the music is fantastic, the people in class are so welcoming (like a family), I’m able to leave my stress at the door when I go in, AND I get a killer workout.  In 2011, I took the leap and became a Zumba instructor.  Sharing my passion with each class participant is everything to me.  I get to help them learn how to dance, get fit, build confidence, have fun, and go home to their families with a positive attitude.  I love my (second) job!

Win-River didn’t stop with just a complimentary gym membership.  Win-River encourages team members to participate in company designed weight loss and fitness competitions.  They organize hikes and host onsite fitness classes, from yoga, to Zumba, to strength training.  Win-River also organizes company sponsored community obstacle runs and softball teams.  They provide us with healthy snacks, offer a special healthy menu at our restaurant, and distribute a Win-Fit newsletter with healthy tips.  I have never worked for a company that has provided so many benefits toward the goal of having a healthy team.

Cheers to Win-River for your dedication to our health and fitness.  I cannot thank you enough for the jump start you gave me that resulted with a passion for teaching Zumba.  I’m proud to be a team member here.  I love my job!



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