From a very young age I became aware that my health status wasn’t quite the same as my peers. When I was nine years old I was diagnosed with a combination of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. For the next few years I was in an out of hospitals for blood transfusions, IV treatment and countless checkups. With this exposure to hospitals and healthcare I knew from a very young age that I wanted to help people. After a few years of aggravated flare-ups I was in a short period of remission.
In the couple of years of remission I went through some incredibly hard times. I was sent to a wilderness therapy program in order to help me though my self-harm issues. Looking back again I had incredible experience in an environment full of people trying to help, this time mentally.
Shortly after I got home when I was finally feeling physically and mentally sound for the first time in a long time my father was killed in a tragic plane crash. This sent me back to struggling mentally and eventually after enough stress my Crohn’s/Colitis started flaring up again I was 15/16 and very lost. Once I got on medication that was ‘a last ditch effort’ my flare slowly started to go away.
Almost immediately after feeling healthy again I found myself pregnant. Little did I know it would be the most life changing experience to date. I had a healthy baby boy who has the most wonderful adoptive family I could imagine. After I had him I promised myself to be committed to a healthy happy life and be an example for him. Unfortunately I lost sight of that for a while.
Ever since he was born, over 5 years ago now, I have been in remission. I haven’t had any symptoms or been on any medication. Knowing I was healthy I took advantage of that in a bad way. I partied, drank, and ate whatever I wanted and was also in a very difficult relationship for a few years. I was trying to do hair school, high school, and live on my own. Something was bound to give. Once that relationship ended in a way I sort of woke and realized how far I had strayed from what I wanted out of my life. I decided enough was enough and I needed to make my health a priority. So I did.
I started going to the gym for the first time in my life. I changed my eating habits. I avoided any people in my life that didn’t bring me up. I finally took my health and happiness into my own hands. I had lost thirty pounds and gained confidence I never knew existed. I fell in love with feeling good and being active. I finally was taking advantage of my health and was happy.
This lead me back to remembering how important it was to me to help individuals. I began taking more health classes through my University that would help me accomplish my goals. I began helping people improve their lives and become mentally and physically stronger through diet and exercise. I had finally found my passion and was following it.
I am now in the process of becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through the Nation Academy of Sports Medicine. I also am currently perusing a degree in Health Promotion and Education with a Community Emphasis through the University of Utah. I am taking clients regularly that want to change their lives and it had already made me sure that I am on the right path. I will go on to intern and become a Registered Dietitian. I plan to continue helping others with fitness and nutrition as well as having a good mental balance with it all. I want to stay healthy and happy and be able to help people find their ‘healthy’ for life. Health promotion through fitness and nutrition is my passion and I don’t know where I would be without it.
Personal Health Philosophy
I believe in order for anyone to have optimal health they must be in a good mental and physical state. As a health educator I believe it is my job to promote health for the individual as a whole. In order for an individual to want to make a change they must understand the seriousness and benefits associated with their health and learn self-efficacy. Once someone learns they have the control and confidence to change their physical and mental health, As a health educator, I believe programs can be implemented for optimal lifelong health.
Personal Mission Statement
My mission as a health education professional is to help individuals reach optimal physical and mental health by achieving a healthy weight, improving understanding of nutrition for their goals, and creating healthier relationships with food and body image through a balanced and sustainable implementation of diet nutrition and support.