Valdosta gym owner hosts vaccination site, encourages community to get the shot - WALB News 10
By Jennifer Morejon
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - Some people in Valdosta were able to get a workout and their COVID-19 shot.
A gym owner, who’s also a nurse, decided to host a vaccine site after seeing the need for it in the community.
Chelsea Klewicki works at Sculpt 24, and with a big support group by her side, she got her first Pfizer vaccine shot.
After hearing parents should get vaccinated to protect their children who can’t, she decided to do it for her 2-year-old son.
“I personally feel like it’s important because all of our children’s lives are important. Whatever I can do to make sure we’re OK, to keep him OK, that’s what I’m going to do,” said Klewicki.
Gym Owner Charles Gloster also serves as a critical care nurse practitioner in Orlando, Fla. With cases increasing and an influx of unvaccinated patients, Gloster decided to step up and help the cause.
“I had a 20-year-old pass away, not from a traumatic brain injury, not from some rare cancer, it was just from COVID. And to have to go to a mother and tell her, ‘Hey, your 20-year-old is not going to survive,” it’s a difficult conversation to have with any mother because you don’t expect to lose people that young,” said Gloster.
Working to educate and inform, Gloster said he’s seen people with regrets after losing unvaccinated loved ones.
“It’s very frustrating when you have something where you have a treatment but there’s so much misinformation about the treatment,” said Gloster.
Gloster hopes this initiative will encourage other business owners to host vaccine sites.
“We’re one of the few businesses that I guess have reached out to the health department to get them to come in, which is kind of shocking to me,” said Gloster.
The Georgia Department of Public Health South Health District (SHD) hosted the site with the CORE organization, or Community Organized Relief Effort.
Kristin Patten with SHD said businesses reaching out is super important. She said it gives the community a sense of trust when getting the shot at a familiar spot.
Businesses interested can reach out to SHD.
Gloster said the sooner more people get vaccinated, the faster the road to normalcy will be.
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Best Gym in Georgia 2021: Sculpt 24 Fitness receives statewide award - Valdosta Daily Times
VALDOSTA — Sculpt 24 Fitness has been named the Best Gym in Georgia for 2021 by the Georgia Business Journal, owner Charles Gloster said.
Gloster acquired Sculpt 24 in December 2020.
He said it was an honor to simply be nominated for the recognition and to compete against gyms in larger Georgia cities such as Atlanta. He received notice of the award in November.
“For us to win this was just so unimaginable,” Gloster said. “I couldn’t believe it but I’m just so grateful, so happy.”
The general public voted for the gym, he said. Having residents vote, opposed to undergoing any other selection process, was special to Gloster.
“It was really a big deal for us that people in our community voted enough to where we actually won the award,” he said.
Sculpt 24’s community involvement played a role in the fitness center receiving the honor, Gloster said, noting a COVID-19 vaccination drive was one community event.
The fitness business partners with South Georgia Medical Center and Georgia Military College. A joint venture with Hang Out Yoga is coming in January, Gloster said, adding the gym is working to collaborate with a local school.
When Gloster took over ownership, he said he strived to transform the gym’s branding and image and make it an upscale fitness center.
With 25,000 square feet of space, Sculpt 24 offers the heart rate monitor Myzone, tanning, daycare, personal training, group fitness classes and taekwondo.
According to its website, the center offers Zumba, aerobics, aerial yoga, upright and recumbent bicycles, kids yoga classes, platforms for Olympic lifting, Matrix treadmills, a personal training studio and spin classes.