Stroller Strides Hosts National Conference

Workshops, activities, and social media strategies highlight annual gathering

San Marcos, CA (Grassroots Newswire) – The recent Stroller Strides National Conference, held in San Diego from October 14-16, provided Stroller Strides program owners with both strategies and inspiration to help strengthen the program for moms nationwide.

"We want to give moms who are passionate about health and fitness a rewarding and enjoyable experience when they participate in our programs," said Lisa Druxman, founder of Stroller Strides. "This year's conference offered so much useful information that our franchisees can put to work right now to make their programs even better and more effective for moms and their babies."

The conference packed a full agenda of workshops, speakers and activities into two days, bringing attendees up-to-date on the newest developments in pre- and postnatal fitness. Hundreds of Stroller Stride franchisees and class instructors profited from workshops on successful business strategies, such as e-marketing and maximizing profit potential.

Between scheduled workshops, attendees also had the opportunity to visit the vendor marketplace featuring Stroller Strides National Conference marketing partners. Showcase companies included recently added national partners Sambazon, Episencial, ACE Fitness and Reebok. Also new to the vendor marketplace this year were Plum Organics, Moby Wrap, Born Free, gDiapers and Yes to Carrots.

The keynote speaker for this year's conference was Maria Bailey, and award-winning author, radio talk show host, speaker and recognized authority on marketing to moms. In addition to her keynote address, Ms. Bailey led a workshop on using the social media to connect with the emerging group of Gen X and Gen Y moms through new technologies such as blogs, podcasting and social networking.

"Maria Bailey's keynote address was a highlight of this year's conference, just as it was last year," said Druxman. "Her insights, combined with our powerful program of workshops and activities, united everyone who attended with a vision of a common goal. Our franchisees and instructors left the conference with strategies and ideas that they can apply to their local businesses today."

In addition, the coveted awards for Stroller Strides Franchisee of the Year, Instructor of the Year and Luna Moms Club of the Year were announced at the Conference. The winners were:

Winners:

Franchise of the Year:

Kristen Riolo, Stroller Strides of Lower Westchester County, Westchester County, NY

Instructor of the Year:

Jennifer Myers, Stroller Strides of Chandler, Tempe, AZ

Luna Moms Club of the Year:

Anne Schreiber, Stroller Strides of San Diego, San Marcos, CA

Finalists:

Franchise of the Year:

Angela Kraber, Stroller Strides of Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley, CA

Suzy Stenehjem, Stroller Strides of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ

Instructor of the Year:

Jacquilyn Venstrom, Stroller Strides of San Diego, San Marcos, CA

Kelly Nielsen, Stroller Strides of Boise, Boise, ID

Luna Moms Club of the Year:

Breanne Houston, Stroller Strides of Riverside, Riverside, CA

Lisa Holland, Stroller Strides of Jensen Beach, Jensen Beach, FL

As the country's largest and fastest-growing exercise program, Stroller Strides is not only changing the lives of new moms by making it easy to fit exercise into their schedules, but also the lives of the women entrepreneurs who own local franchises here and in Canada. With industry-leading support and incentive programs, Stroller Strides was ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the fastest growing franchises in 2010.

For more information on owning a Stroller Strides franchise or to find a local Stroller Strides program, please visit www.strollerstrides.com.

About Stroller Strides

Ranked among Entrepreneur Magazine's Fastest Growing Franchises in 2010, Stroller Strides offers classes in more than 1,200 locations in the United States and Canada. The hour-long classes emphasize cardiovascular activities and muscle-strengthening exercises using resistance bands and strollers, allowing moms to interact with their babies throughout their workout. To further assist mothers in all aspects of their lives, Stroller Strides partners with Reebok®, LUNA® and BOB®. For more information about Stroller Strides, including class locations, visit www.strollerstrides.com.

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