Heath Wilkinson always knew he wanted to work with people to help them reach their goals, which led him to his career of over 15 years as a Certified Fitness Specialist. Now with Madonna ProActive, Heath enjoys helping people in a holistic way to improve their overall wellness. Madonna ProActive is Lincoln’s first medically based health, fitness and wellness facility. ProActive gives every member of the community access to medical, therapeutic and educational fitness and wellness expertise in addition to the latest research, engineering and technology to support longer, healthier lifestyles, regardless of age or ability.
Tell us a little about your family. – I have been married to a wonderful woman (Jodi) for 16 years. We have four beautiful daughters: Sydney (11), Paige (8), and 5 year old twins, Jordan and Payton. They are my inspiration to stay in shape so I can keep up with all their activities as they grow up.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – It was probably when I married my wife Jodi. From day one she has encouraged me to go for it, whatever “it” might be. I know I would not be where I am professionally or personally if I didn’t have her at my side.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Something outside! I love being outdoors working in my shop, mowing the yard and spending time with the kids. When the weather is nice I am rarely in the house.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I’m a farm kid at heart and love to go back to my parents’ farm and jump in a tractor or get my hands dirty whenever I can.
What are you the most proud of? – Without a doubt, it is my family. Even though I’m not ready for the kids to grow up, I can’t wait to see the amazing things they will accomplish in their lives.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – It’s not really advice, but one of my favorite quotes is… “A man’s reputation is what others think of him; his character is what he really is.” I have been lucky to have men of great character in my life, and I aspire to follow in their footsteps.
What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish? – Take my father to a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway. I’m pretty sure that is at the top of his bucket list and pretty high on mine.
How would your friends describe you? – I think they would say that I am a hardworking, down-to-earth guy, and a genuine person that they can always count on.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – I’m fairly mechanically inclined. I usually enjoy doing things myself around the house, rather than calling a professional. I confess that’s not always a good thing!
What is your favorite movie? – Tombstone
What is your favorite TV show? – Saturday Night Live
What is your favorite Lincoln restaurant? – Lazlo’s
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Dale Earnhardt Sr. (My family has always been into racing)
What is the best way to reach you? – Visit the Madonna Proactive website at http://www.madonna.org/proactive_health/index.html