Living Well with Michelle: Wellness Passport

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — In this week’s Living Well with Michelle, Michelle tells us about a program that is uniting people in the Central Alabama health and wellness industry. 

The Wellness Passport gives holders access to 16 businesses in the Magic City — all related to health and wellness. True 40 owner Kaitlyn Bentley said the pass not only allows users to try new things, but also to support local businesses.  

“All of these fitness owners and managers are collaborating together, instead of competing against each other,” said Bentley. “And that’s something that’s been really nice. We’re all invested in growing Birmingham’s health and wellness community.”

Wellness Passport holders can try out participating businesses for about three weeks. For this week’s segment, Michelle Logan tried out Pilates for the first time. 

“It’s harder than it looks,” said Logan. “You realize all the little muscles that are being worked.”

Club Pilates owner Ellen Italiaander said pilates is all about core work. 

“So two things happen – one, your posture. Posture is improved,” said Italiaander. “And two, it takes some of the weight off of your vertebrae, so people who are suffering form any sort of back pain tend to feel that relief.”

WATCH to see the pilates workout and hear more about the Wellness Passport.

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