Recently, I sat down virtually, via Google Plus On-Air Hangouts, with an esteemed panel of folks and had a great conversation on a topic that we rarely make time to discuss, our health. It was truly a great show with Julie Leos, Assistant Director of Residence Education at the University of Michigan who discussed the new Student Affairs Fitness blog; Connie Aramento, Associate Director of Academic Advising at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, who also is a Certified Holistic Health Coach at Soul Sync Wellness who gave us insight on our nutrition goals; Debbie Becker, Assistant Director of Residential Education from Johnson and Wales University who also is a personal trainer, who gave us insight on our fitness goals; and Patrick Love, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Rutgers University, and avid runner who shared his experiences and love of running! With all I’ve been through the last 7 months, I shared a few things I’ve learned along the way as well
Enjoy the replay above as well as previous episodes of Student Affairs Live in syndication!
Julie Leos serves as an Assistant Director for Residence Education at The University of Michigan. She is from the great state of Texas and has also called Florida and Arizona home. Julie has served in various roles in housing at Florida International University, Florida State University and the University of Arizona. Julie is an active member of GLACUHO, ACUHO-I and NASPA. As a lover of cycling and running, Julie recently finished her first triathlon and marathon. Her most recent passion is to bring awareness about fitness to the field of student affairs; a helping field that often puts the needs of others before self care. She hopes to begin working towards a PhD in Education in the very near future where she can continue to increase awareness of wellness in Student Affairs.
For thirteen year fitness was a priority for Debbie Becker. As a competitive gymnast it was necessary to work out regularly and maintain excellent mental and physical health. All of that changed once college entered the picture; the gym was replaced with the local bar and leotards were exchanged for cigarettes. This unhealthy lifestyle lasted almost as long as her gymnastic career, but January 1, 2011 brought about a renewed energy and commitment to change. It began with working out regularly, then quitting smoking, and finally transitioning to a whole foods, plant-based diet. In April 2012, Debbie obtained her Personal Trainer Certification and today you can find Debbie leading boot camp classes on campus while serving as a role model of wellness for her colleagues and students at Johnson & Wales University.
Connie Kanella Aramento is a Certified Holistic Health Coach certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She received her training and certification to practice Health Coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, which is the only nutrition school integrating all the different dietary theories — combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts like the USDA food pyramid, the glycemic index, the Zone and raw foods.
Patrick Love is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Rutgers University. He has varied outside interests including marathon running (he has qualified for and run the Boston Marathon)