STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westin Hotels & Resorts concluded its month-long, star-studded “Make Monday Better” gifting spree, this time targeting both the students and teachers of the Academy for Conservation and the Environment in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito and pro athletes Justin Tuck of the New York Giants and LaTroy Hawkins of the New York Mets pitched in to present the high-needs school with a newly renovated, $25,000 fitness studio. The celebrity trio then surprised more than 30 teachers and faculty members with Westin Weekend getaways.
Westin partnered with HealthCorps, a not for profit organization co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa, and DiSpirito to speak to the importance of health and wellness through nutrition, offering accessible eating tips to inspire students to make healthier choices. Tuck and Hawkins arrived on the scene to continue the message of wellness through exercise, unveiling the new facility filled with equipment including a Life Fitness strength machine, weight racks, benches, resistance bands and exercise balls. The athletes also gifted the school’s teachers with Westin weekend vacations as a thank you to their commitment to education.
The surprise gifting moment at A.C.E. High School completed the series of three consecutive events designed to “Make Monday Better” for unsuspecting, often unsung heroes, and to mark the global rollout of the brand’s new Westin Weekend program. Earlier this month, actor Mark Consuelos dropped in on hundreds of nurses at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and presented them with Westin Weekend getaways, while actress Emmanuelle Chriqui teamed up with Simmons Bedding Company to surprise LA County firefighters by outfitting an outdated firehouse with the brand’s iconic Heavenly® Beds. Chriqui, who arrived at FSA Camp 2 in La Cañada Flintridge in a Simmons® delivery truck, surprised the volunteers with 29 Heavenly Beds, exclusively manufactured by the bedding company.
Westin Hotels is tackling the Monday blues head-on with the introduction of a new, dedicated weekend program that gives guests more flexibility and time to make the most out of their weekend getaway. In addition to complimentary 3 p.m. late check-out on Sundays, Westin hotels are extending breakfast service hours throughout the weekend. To set the stage for the new program all Westin hotels will signal the weekend has arrived through a variety of subtle sensory cues including changes in lighting, music and décor. Each guestroom will feature the brand’s signature Heavenly Bed bathrobe placed on the bed accompanied by a list of favorite local attractions to officially welcome guests to their weekend.
HealthCorps®, www.healthcorps.org, is a 501 (C) 3 co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the world-renowned cardiac surgeon and two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the two time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show”, and his wife, Lisa Oz, to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps® is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation.
HealthCorps® “Coordinators” carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer-mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps® Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character, and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers. HealthCorps® also serves as a unique research laboratory - exploring the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. HealthCorps® is bringing many initiatives together to address the "Whole Child" and activate the students’ mind, body and spirit. As a result, HealthCorps® is transforming the educational paradigm one school at a time. The program network spans 66 schools in 14 states and the District of Columbia.
In the fall of 2012, HealthCorps introduced HealthCorps University, a new “train the trainer” professional development program that makes the HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school. By 2015, HealthCorps hopes to have a presence in 100 schools.
About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services – like the Heavenly Bed, delicious SuperFoods and WestinWORKOUT studio – have been designed with the guests’ well-being in mind. Westin hotels, with more than 190 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,134 properties in nearly 100 countries and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and ElementSM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.