Our next awardee feels her passion for education and healthy living has led her to many years promoting “cultures supportive of healthy lifestyle behaviors”. With experience as an Elementary School Teacher and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist, she honed her ability to communicate key concepts to groups of all ages with diverse socio-economic backgrounds. She obtained a Master’s degree in Health and Wellness Promotion. During this time she was fortunate to be a student of Judd Allen, Ph.D., founder of Healthy Culture.com/Human Resources Institute. The basic premise of Healthy Culture is; groups, organizations and communities are more likely to achieve their health and productivity goals when supportive cultures are created. (healhtyculture.com). Hence, my passion for creating cultures supportive of healthy lifestyle behaviors was born.
She found her skills and certifications in tobacco cessation, healthy eating, physical activity, addiction, parenting , yoga, meditation/mindfulness and Certified Wellness Program Coordinator enhanced the importance of a holistic approach to “optimal well-being”.
While working with Steps to a Healthier PA, Fayette County,she worked with local school districts to create wellness committees, adopt health policies and create opportunities for physical fitness and healthy eating. She also organized a County initiative to promote worksite wellness by identifying local “Champions of Wellness”.
She currently works as a Health and Wellness Consultant, and has presented educational offerings for Highmark, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, local businesses and community groups as well as presenting at PA State DUI Association, the National SOPHE Conference and the National Wellness Institute.
Her current passion is working to create a “culture of wellness” within my local community, volunteering with our Carnegie Free Library, Healthy Lifestyle Taskforce, Garden Club, local school districts, as well as other community organizations, including Osteoporosis, Parkinson’s Diseases and Neuropathy support Groups. Please join me in congratulating our 2015 Community Advocate, Cathy Kumor.