Who We Are

Two active women on a mission 
walk into a juice bar one day...

Mara Wedeck

A marathon runner, century rider and really high jump roper Mara started one of the first marketing and public relations agency dedicated to socially conscious companies whose mission was centered on sustainability and healthy living. She is a passionate advocate for all things well being, particularly the health and well-being of kids and their planet. Through clients like Whole Foods Market, Applegate Farms and Happy Families she was actively involved in moving the ‘healthy lunchbox’ conversation to the next level and educating consumers on the importance of nutrition in schools. Following the birth of her son and as part of her own personal get back to fitness program, Mara began to realize that while the effort toward proper nutrition for kids was becoming increasingly more prominent, the focus on proper fitness for kids was not. She quickly set out on an aggressive campaign to provide programming for kids that was both beneficial to their health and….fun.

Maria Chatman

An avid fitness person and former lifestyle consultant for one of the biggest health and wellness management companies in New York, realized that while the obesity epidemic was certainly getting a lot of attention, there were not many accessible fitness and nutrition programs at the ground level. Through her specialized work in community family health programming and her own personal fitness endeavors which includes snowboarding, competitive cycling and placing top 3 in her age group in over 20 sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, she as well saw the market was lacking alternatives to traditional youth sports. As someone who has had her pulse on the health and fitness industry for over a decade, she too knew it was time to find a solution. Maria volunteers her time for Team for Kids and is the former fitness columnist for Town & Village Newspaper. She holds certifications with ACE, NASM, TRX and AFPA. 
It was a serendipitous introduction by a mutual friend that PopFit was born and together their mission became clear:

Help kids help themselves to a healthier way of life.