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What is your professional background?
H: I have my Bachelors degree in elementary and special education from Ball State University and my Masters degree in educational leadership from Butler University. I spent 7 years in the classroom and as a literacy coach before choosing to be a stay at home mom. In addition to raising our Claire (and our soon-to-be baby #2) I teach group exercises classes at our local YMCA. I am also the co-founder of Girls on the Run of Hamilton County which is now Girls on the Run of Central Indiana and still continue to be involved with the organization.
What brought you to health & fitness?
H: I like to say health & fitness was engrained in me since I was a little girl. I used to dress up in leotards, a sweatband, and carry deodorant bottles as weights to my moms 80’s aerobic classes in the church basement. Growing up, being active and playing sports was a huge part of our lives. I also always looked up to my Aunt Laura who is a personal trainer and group exercise instructor in Augusta, Georgia- her passion for health and fitness was always an inspiration to me. Once I got to college and didn’t have 2-hour long practices everyday and gained some weight, I looked to my Aunt for knowledge and inspiration about ways to stay fit and healthy in an unhealthy environment.
I started running, taking group exercises classes and lifting weights in college. Once I graduated, I continued and joined the local YMCA where I approached the Group Exercise Coordinator about what it would take to teach some classes. She asked me if I had any experience and all I could say was, “Well I have been around it all my life.” Lucky for me, she gave the girl who couldn’t find a 32-count a chance. Here I am five years later and teach about three to four times a week. (And yes, I can now find and stay on the 32-count.)
Will you share some of your goals and dreams?
H: My ultimate goal is to raise happy, healthy & confident children. In raising our children, we would like to give them experiences that create lasting memories. We love to travel and hope to continue to be able to do so and allow our children to experience the many places this country and world have to offer, while taking in a variety of cultures.
Professionally, I often ask myself, “Why didn’t I just get my degree in exercise science,” but then I realize that my time in education is what really cultivated my true passion: kids fitness. Our country is in serious trouble with the number of obese children, the decrease in physical activity in a child’s day, and the lack of knowledge there is around what we feed our children. I have a goal to make a mark advocating for the health and fitness needs of children.
(photo courtesy of www.stopchildhobesity.com)