At the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce networking lunch at Hunter’s Green Country Club on November 13, Dominique Wakefield, the fitness and programs manager for the soon-to-open Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, gave a spirited talk entitled “Maintain, Don’t Gain.”

Dominique let the lunch attendees know that, with the holidays approaching, it’s extremely important to increase your activity levels. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, there are 39 days many of us spend eating, drinking, sitting and partying. Dominique, who is difficult to photograph because she’s in constant motion herself, told the Chamber attendees that the key to maintaining your weight or even losing weight during this hectic time is motion.

“Physical inactivity leads to 3.2 million deaths per year worldwide,” she said, citing World Health Organization stats. “We are experiencing an inactivity epidemic. Over 400,000 Americans a year die due to obesity-related illnesses. Physical fitness is the answer – the power of motion is the key to well being.”

Dominique also said that you don’t have to be a runner to be physically fit. She noted that the state-of-the-art Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will be a great new place to raise your activity levels when it opens on January 7 (all new members will receive a free fitness assessment).

For more information about the Health & Wellness Center at the new Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, visit the Wellness Center Membership Sales Center in front of the hospital or call 929-5252 for a personal appointment.


More Chamber Board Bios:

John Lore, Jr., Board Secy.

John Lore is a financial professional with Prudential Financial, Services, where his job is to protect his clients’ income and assets from being lost due to an untimely death or disability. He helps his clients send their kids to college and allows them to retire with dignity.

John has lived in central Florida for the last twenty years and currently is a New Tampa resident.

John graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and also holds a Master’s degrees in Business Administration a& Entrepreneurship from the University of South Florida.

In addition to serving on the Board of the New Tampa Chamber, John is active in the New Tampa Noon Rotary and the Greater Tampa University of South Florida Alumni Association. John also is a member of BNI’s Direct to Success chapter which meets Tuesday mornings at Hunter’s Green Country Club.

To reach financial professional John Lore, Jr., of Prudential Financial Services (3030 N Rocky Point Dr W., Suite 460, Tampa 33607), call 520-4113 or email him at


Earl Meyer, Ph.D.

Board Member At Large

Earl Meyer, Ph.D., owns and operates MeyerTeam Business Coaching – a company that specializes in turning around underperforming businesses. His 35 years as a successful business manager, owner and educator give him a solid foundation for solving business problems, facilitating effective planning, and implementing change.

Dr. Meyer’s B.A. in Marketing Education is from USF and his Master’s and Doctorate in Business and Technical Education are from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He also is a licensed business coach and a certified “Guerrilla Marketing” coach.

In the financial services industry, Earl twice received national Manager of the Year honors. As a food service franchisee, his operation was ranked in the top 15 regionally. And, as a Business & Technology Education Professor, he received both Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Faculty awards.

Clients’ comments can be found at In addition, Earl is the author of McGraw–Hill’s Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management. For more info, call 541-3597 or email

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