Maria Pontillo, DPT Partners With Local South Florida Nutritional Professionals To Host Community Workout Event for Charity

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It’s been about a month since Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc on the people of the Philippines and in the spirit of the holiday season, I thought now was the perfect time to get together with others and give back! In an effort to raise awareness and money for the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, I am partnering with two South Florida health and fitness professionals to host a three-hour long community fitness and health event for charity. Jay Lawrence, owner and operator of You Fresh Naturals, a gourmet nut butter company based in Miramar, Florida will be providing free samples and offering nutritional tips and advice. In addition, Liza Muravyeva, a certified personal trainer and registered dietician is lending her expertise to this charity event and will be conducting a nutritional Q&A session where she debunks common food myths and provides useful eating tips and suggestions for the holiday season.

This event is a spinoff of my popular monthly Sweaty Sunday Funday Beach Workout. This time around, we hope to have an even bigger turnout and raise at least $1,000 for the Mercy Corps Charity, which will directly help displaced families and children in the Philippines. This event is taking place on Sunday, December 8 from 10AM to 1PM on Fort Lauderdale Beach and is completely FREE to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend or family member as well!

The first part of the event will consist of a high-intensity 60-minute partner circuit training workout session with me, which will begin at 10:30 AM sharp! Following the workout, Jay, Liza and I will be conducting prize giveaways, a nutritional Q&A along with body fat testing. To wrap up this event, we will be conducting fun fitness contests to see who can perform the most push-ups, pull-ups, and see who can plank the longest! This is a great opportunity for south Floridians to learn new nutritional information, pick up some healthy eating options, get a serious workout in, network with other fitness enthusiasts, all while raising money and awareness for a good cause! 


Date: Sunday, December 8th

Location: Fort Lauderdale Beach Park adjacent to the basketball courts (700 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316)

Parking: You can park in the same lot as the event. The meter is $1.75 per hour

Time: 10AM to 1PM (Actual workout takes place from 10:30AM to 11:30AM)

Cost: FREE event, donations accepted

Charity Donations: Mercy Corps

No matter how much money or time you have, we are encouraging everyone to come out and donate a little of their time and money to this charity event. 100% of the money raised at this event will be donated to Mercy Corps, a non-profit group that helps people in the world’s toughest places survive crises. For South Floridians who would like to join in, email me at to sign up. Make sure to also follow me on Instagram and Twitter for updates regarding this and future events.