South Pasadena, CA 91030
As a health educator and personal trainer, my goal is to help others enjoy exercise and learn about easy lifestyle habits that promote overall health and wellbeing. As an advocate in health promotion, I am committed to supporting efforts that enable more people to live a healthy lifestyle, from affordable recreational options and cheap, quality produce, to ensuring access to credible, research-based information.
Personal Athletic History and Inspirations
I love being outside, which is one reason I relocated to California in late November 2011. Hiking is one of my favorite activities and in my profile picture, I'm hiking in the hills near Malibu.
A personal interest in promoting healthy environments and educating others about a healthy lifestyle inspired me to pursue a Master of Science in Health Promotion. I concentrated in exercise science because there is a statistically significant correlation between a lack of physical activity and poor dietary habits and the obesity epidemic and prevalence of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, we are experiencing around the world.
My research on type 2 diabetes in children was particularly disturbing. I remain concerned about the future generations if our environments, thinking and behaviors do not change.
I became a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and running coach to help others realize the benefits of physical activity and prevent them from making the fitness mistakes I made along the way.
From 1998 through 2007, I ran a dozen marathons. Between the first and the last, I knocked over two hours off my time, and even qualified several times to run the Boston Marathon. My training secret? I became a smarter runner! After overtraining for several years, my final marathon was a personal best and I can still run today. There was a time when I thought I could never run again. My advice to runners is to speak with people who used to run.
Not wanting to become one of the many people I met who can no longer run at all, I continue to research and seek feedback from professionals about effective and safe ways to maintain physical health as we age and correspondingly — especially for type A runners — mental sanity.
My goal as an instructor is to help people regain and retain physical health and equally important, relieve stress and have a little fun with fitness. I emphasize a balanced approach to training, fitting the exercise to the person (not a one-size-fits-all approach) and finding the perfect fit in fitness for every individual.
Master of Science in Health Promotion with a concentration in exercise science
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
Road Runners Club of America Certified Running Coach
Certified in Adult CPR/AED and First Aid through the American Red Cross
Current Continuing Education programs:
Polestar Pilates Mat Instructor (training completed; certification exam summer 2012)
National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist (2012)
Trains within 10.00 miles of 91030