April 30, 2013 10:31 am
by Ed Cabellon
Back in February, we had one of our most viewed shows of the semester when we focused on our Health, Fitness, and Wellness. As May begins, we will once again, via Google Plus On-Air Hangouts, be joined by this esteemed panel of Student Affairs professionals, including
Julie Leos, Assistant Director of Residence Education at the University of Michigan and manager of the 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; Debbie Becker, Assistant Director of Residential Education from Johnson and Wales University who also is a personal trainer and Linda Kasper, Director of Residential Life and Education at the University of South Florida, who is also an endurance athlete and has completed many century rides, half marathons, and triathlons.
If you have any questions for our panelists, please leave them in the comments below, or tweet them, adding the #SAlive hashtag! Please join us LIVE on Wednesday! If you can’t watch LIVE, then please watch the replay in syndication!
Linda Kasper is the Director of Residential Life and Education at the University of South Florida (go bulls!). Linda grew up in Michigan, and is proud of a student affairs career that has allowed her to call many places home (Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Vermont, Washington State and mainland China). Linda is an endurance athlete and has completed many century rides, half marathons, and triathlons. She gets her best ideas when on the seat of a bicycle, under the water, and running while surrounded by woods, mountains, water and/or cacti. Linda shares her enthusiasm for working out with others – focusing on getting people started and including fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle. Creating supportive work environments within Student Affairs that support our fitness goals is important.
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.