About Us

Inspiration For Running This Site

This free website was developed to enable visitors to adopt healthy and active lifestyles. The contributors to this site are all present or previous professionals in the health and wellness field. It is a unique operation as all contributors come from the Pedersen family. Health and Wellness are treasured family values that drive them to share their passion with others. We are excited that you have visited this sight and hope you find it inspiring and helpful.

The Contributors

Kirk Pedersen

In the fall of 2008, Kirk Pedersen had already established himself as one of the most influential Physical Education teachers in the state of Michigan. He earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Physical Education from Eastern Michigan University. He was a recipient of the Innovator of the Year Award and Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the state of Michigan. In addition, Kirk had just finished up a three year term as the Vice President of Physical Education for the profession’s state organization, MAHPERD.

On October 25, 2008 Kirk’s life came to a crashing halt. His tree stand collapsed while hunting, leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Kirk would endure seven months of hospitalization at three different hospitals. His goal was full recovery and a return to teaching in the field that he was so passionate. Despite continued rehabilitation and determination his recovery resulted in a fashion that did not allow him to return to teaching in the classroom. The website www.symbolofstrength.com chronicles Kirk’s life and his battle to recover from a devastating injury. Despite this major setback, he continues to advance and promote health and fitness through his contribution to this website.

Brett Pedersen

Brett taught health and physical education for 9 years before taking on his current charge as a middle school assistant principal. Making a positive impact on tomorrow’s generation of adults has been truly rewarding for him. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Master of Science in Health Education, as well as pursuing a post-graduate certificate in educational leadership. He currently holds a group fitness certification with the American Council on Exercise. Along with Kirk, he also served on the MAHPERD board of directors as the Vice President for Health Education. He is an active legislative advocate for health and physical education at the local, state, and national levels. He currently leads a wellness program for his school district and teaches fitness classes at the Chelsea Wellness Center. His most recent pursuit has been moving into a leadership position with the Dexter Wellness Coalition, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles in his community.

Support this Site and Kirk Pedersen’s Recovery Efforts

This website has been designed to provide free information and tools to help visitors maximize their health. Please forward this site on to others so that they may find this information helpful and life changing as well. Please visit our affiliate page as we receive a small percentage of sales to support this site and Kirk’s recovery efforts.

If you would like to contribute directly to Kirk Pedersen’s NTAF Recovery and Rehabilitation Fund please follow the link below:

HelpHopeLive Fund for Kirk Pedersen

All Contributions to HelpHopeLive are tax-deductible and go exclusively towards the recovery and rehabilitation of Kirk Pedersen.

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