Mary Hoadley –New Man­ager of North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal’s Well­ness Cen­ter

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Spe­cial Col­lab­o­ra­tion Nancy Goss New­port, VT

North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal gave birth to the Well­ness Cen­ter in 1982. That same year Gary and Sarah (Kipp) Hoadley wel­comed their daugh­ter Mary into the world.

Twenty-eight years later the Well­ness Cen­ter, which is lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of the Craw­ford Farm Road and the I-91 Ac­cess Road in New­port, is go­ing strong, of­fer­ing up a vast ar­ray of healthy liv­ing and fit­ness classes. As for baby Mary, she is now a vi­brant, en­er­getic young lady, who af­ter sev­eral years of col­lege and travel, has re­turned to this area. On June 27 she be­came the man­ager of the Well­ness Cen­ter, only the third in its al­most 30 years of pro­vid­ing health and fit­ness classes.

“I am so thrilled to be tak­ing on this po­si­tion,” Mary said. “Rarely in life do you get to do what you love for a liv­ing and thanks to this op­por­tu­nity I do. I am so in­vested in this po­si­tion and tak­ing the Well­ness Cen­ter to new heights. It’s re­ally been life chang­ing for me.” She takes over for Mary Perkins who moved to Florida ear­lier this year.

“I’m ex­cited to be work­ing with Mary,” Mer­ri­lyn Barry said. “She brings new ideas and new en­ergy to the Well­ness Cen­ter. It is great to have her here.” Mer­ri­lyn is Di­rec­tor of Vol­un­teers at the hos­pi­tal and the Busi­ness Man­ager of The Well­ness Cen­ter.

Although Mary is new to the po­si­tion, she is far from new to the area or even to the Well­ness Cen­ter. The re­gion was home to her mother’s Abe­naki an­ces­tors long be­fore Euro­pean set­tlers ar­rived here. At one time her grand­fa­ther, Fred Kipp, was a well­known and re­spected city clerk and trea­sure of the city of New­port. Mary has been a per­sonal trainer with the Well­ness Cen­ter since 2009 and an in­struc­tor there since 2010. In ad­di­tion she has been as­so­ci­ated with a num­ber of other health and fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties.

A 2000 grad­u­ate of North Coun­try Union High School in New­port, Mary went on to earn an as­so­ci­ate’s de­gree in The­ater from Dean Col­lege in Mas­sachusetts. That was fol­lowed by a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in The­ater Arts from Salve Regina Univer­sity in New­port, Rhode Is­land. While pur­su­ing her de­grees she also took a num­ber of sci­ence cour­ses in­clud­ing Anatomy, Phys­i­ol­ogy and Hu­man Bi­ol­ogy.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing her bach­e­lor’s de­gree she lived in Man­hat­tan and worked at a gym called “Sports Club LA/NYC on the Up­per East Side.” She also ex­plored the the­ater op­por­tu­ni­ties the city had to of­fer. Soon af­ter leav­ing New York City she worked as the sole make-up artist for soap opera pi­lots, award shows and such. “I ac­tu­ally did make up for Tito Nieves,” Mary said. Tito is a renowned Salsa singer. Be­tween 2005 and 2008 she lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she worked with a the­atre com­pany. She was the lead­ing lady in the Spring 2007 se­ries.

In ad­di­tion to her the­ater de­grees, she is cer­ti­fied with the Amer­i­can Fit­ness Pro­fes­sion­als as a per­sonal trainer, and nu­tri­tion and well­ness con­sul­tant. She is also a li­censed Zumba in­struc­tor and PIYO in­struc­tor. As a side note, when she mar­ried her hus­band, Nathan R.. Sar­gent on July 2 of this year, she said she loves Zumba so much she made those who at­tended their wed­ding re­cep­tion do the dance ex­er­cise.

Some peo­ple are in­tim­i­dated about join­ing a gym or sign­ing up for a health and fit­ness class be­cause they worry they might be the only per­son there in less than ideal shape. That isn’t the case at the Well­ness Cen­ter, Mary said. “All walks of life, men and women, and peo­ple of all sizes come here. All are wel­come. There is some­thing for ev­ery­body.”

When she thinks about well­ness and fit­ness she of­ten thinks about a quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer, a well-known self-help ad­vo­cate. “If I don’t take care of my body, I won’t have any place to live.”

“I agree with that,” Mary said. “It’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to be re­spon­si­ble for our­selves. Our bod­ies are a prod­uct of how we treat them. If we want to look good and feel good later, we de­cide that by the ac­tions we take now. I also like to say to peo­ple ‘You rest, you rust.’”

How­ever, she em­pha­sized that health and fit­ness doesn’t have to be bor­ing and painful. As a per­sonal trainer and an in­struc­tor she uses hu­mor to keep the peo­ple she is work­ing with laugh­ing.

Mary also brings with her a strong vi­sion for the Well­ness Cen­ter.

“My vi­sion for the Well­ness Cen­ter is to take it to new heights,” she said. “I want to get the Well­ness Cen­ter to be a house­hold name and a go-to place. I would like to in­crease our of­fer­ings and ex­pand our Outreach Pro­grams. At the end of the day we have a re­spon­si­il­ity to serve the com­mu­nity and I am will­ing to do what it takes to make sure we up­hold that re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Mary plans to con­tinue the “Healthy You” col­umn in the New­port Daily Ex­press that Mary Perkins started dur­ing her ten­ure as man­ager of the Well­ness Cen­ter. The col­umn is de­signed to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about a wide va­ri­ety of health and well­ness top­ics.

Wel­come to North Coun­try Mary Hoadley!

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