That changed me. I was 15 years old and it was then that I decided to make exercise and health promotion my life’s mission.
Pursuing a Physical/Health Education degree (University of British Columbia) was a natural fit (pardon the pun!). I was a very active kid who loved to exercise (ballerina, self-taught gymnast, skateboarder, lifeguard/swim instructor, etc.).
But my learning didn’t stop there. My passion for wellness led to a full scholarship and M.S. in Exercise and Health Studies (Miami University), Ph.D. in Community Health (Health and Behavioral Science) at the prestigious University of Toronto, a National Cancer Institute of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, adjunct professor at the University of Toronto (where I taught undergraduate and graduate courses), research scientist at renowned Toronto teaching hospitals, and patient-centered research consultant to health care organizations and pharmaceutical companies.
My 25+ year research/academic career demystified peoples' real-world challenges to healthy active living. I published in peer-reviewed journals (google me!) and developed expertise in hard-to-reach populations, addictions (especially tobacco control), and online health communities.
Here’s what I learned. It’s simple: this “all-or-nothing” approach to wellness doesn’t work. Starting a new health behavior or changing an old habit is a journey, a lifestyle. It starts with changing the mindset.
Small actions yield big, long-lasting results. My innovative byte-size, micro-learning approach changes the way people think about exercise and health. I make it easy to fit wellness into your busy workdays – one-step (or "byte") at a time.
I’m not all research and theory. I'm Bone Fit trained and taught osteoporosis and chronic disease exercise classes. I’m also trained in diabetes and older adult exercise, pole walking, wellness coaching, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Becoming yoga teacher certified is next on my list!
And now I’m passionate about putting all that I know and have experienced first hand into an online wellness self-coaching course. I can’t wait to be your workplace virtual trainer supporting employees along their wellness journeys!
I practice yoga, mindfulness & mindful eating, and love to dance (west coast swing), swim, cycle, and power walk, especially with poles!
I’m byte-sized (5 feet small), type A, recovered chair-o-holic and disordered sleeper. And former prediabetic. I love golden retrievers, am Canadian (eh?), and lived in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.
I'm based in Washington DC, with my husband, two teens, and dog (a golden, of course!).
How can I help you create a healthy workplace culture?