I earned my B.S. in Physical Education from Plymouth State University in 2008. I chose Plymouth because it was tucked away in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. From the first time I visited that campus I felt like I was home. When I return to Plymouth for visit, I still get that feeling.
Between graduating and deciding to pursue my graduate degree, I lived in Plymouth, NH, and worked for PSU as adjunct faculty in the Department of Health and Human Performance. I was also enrolled in PSU’s graduate studies program and worked as a graduate research assistant on a project focused on enabling active rural living.
In 2009 I moved to Corvallis Oregon to study Public Health and work toward my masters degree. I received my Masters of Public Health in 2011 from Oregon State University. My studies focused on Health Promotion and Health Behavior Change. Most of my work centered around obesity prevention through physical activity promotion, active living and nutrition intervention.
I drove across country and moved back to New Hampshire in July 2011. Living out west was an amazing experience in every way, but my New England roots were just too strong to break. When I moved back, I felt more at home than ever before.
I continually learn through my experiences working with so many different people. It’s amazing to learn about what makes each person a true individual; what “works” for some may not do the same for others. There is no one-size fits all program for nutrition or exercise, but there are basic guidelines that I help each person navigate. It’s a process that takes time, energy, and commitment.