Early childhood experiences influence how likely a child is likely to struggle or succeed. This includes in lifelong experiences with health and wellness, which influenced the original Adverse Childhood Experiences Study in 1998, identifying how early negative childhood experiences increased the likelihood of various health challenges in adulthood (Felitti, Anda, Nordenberg, Williamson, Spitz, Edwards, Koss, & Marks).

Joseph Hawthorne, a Tucson-based fitness coach of over ten years, understands that clients’ experiences in childhood and adulthood impact their wellness journey. In an effort to create a healthier future for his clients and all Arizona families, he is committed to reducing adverse childhood experiences by supporting Prevent Child Abuse Arizona.

Since Block Fitness Collective’s inception in February 2020, Joseph has donated a portion of every membership to Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, totaling $16,927.66.

Starting a business, particularly a gym, in February 2020 sounds like an impossible challenge. But not for Joseph and Block Fitness. Not only did Block Fitness Collective survive Covid lockdowns, but Joseph continued to donate a portion of all memberships to Prevent Child Abuse Arizona without a single lapse. Joseph’s grit is reflected in both his commitment to overcoming challenges to sustain his business and his donations toward strengthening family resiliency.

The Block Fitness Collective captures its understanding in its name: Children’s brains and bodies are developing, laying the building blocks for their future and our collective futures. When we are committed to enhancing our personal well-being and the well-being of those in our block, we can prevent child abuse.