Improved health and wellness is the focus of my job-and prevention efforts are key. Having education and knowledge on substance use/abuse in our community helps me understand that there may be more than meets the eye when it comes to improving people’s health. Physical, emotional and mental components are dimensions of wellness that substance can have a significant impact on-and actually be a huge obstacle for some when trying to make healthy lifestyle changes. Being a SACK member keeps me connected and up-to-date on current information on this topic, and that information carries over to patients that I work with.
What is one talent or skill that you bring to SACK?
My expertise in the healthcare field-specifically physical therapy and wellness-is a compliment to the group. I have a true passion for helping people obtain their optimum health and wellness. My specific area of interest is exercise program design and health coaching-helping people move toward healthier lifestyles.
What are you most interested in or passionate about when it comes to preventing youth substance use?
I have 3 children-ages 14, 12, and 7. I am in a prime position to have influence on my kids’ views and choices right now. I think it is critically important to have open communication with kids about this topic and to provide honest, factual information on substance abuse. Being a member of SACK has given me access to great resources and has helped build the confidence I need to have these conversations with my kids and their friends.
What have you gained by being involved with SACK?
Information and networking! I am amazed at the work going toward prevention efforts and education in this area. It is really an honor to work with this group of people.
What is one hope you have for future generations in the community?
My hope is for a complete culture change when it comes to all substance use-and that it will not be as prevalent and readily available for youth. I want the message to be loud and clear that underage drinking, smoking and illegal substances is not acceptable and definitely not the cool thing to do.