Hey Everyone! Guess being the new-be, it’s my turn to introduce why I became a part of Health Movement. My name is Jenessa Werner and I’m originally from Orange County, California. I attended BYU-Idaho for 3 semesters before transferring to BYU and I am now expecting to graduate this April, 2015 in Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Promotion.
For me living a healthy lifestyle consists of being healthy in all areas including physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I have a passion for health because I know that so many of the health issues out there are due to imbalances in our overall health.
Growing up my mother was always very good about trying to cook healthy, balanced meals for her five sports enthusiastic kids. During high school I played sports but then realized that I didn’t have to play sports in order to stay fit year round.
I quit sports my junior year, starting working out more in the gym and tailoring my diet to fit my desired goals. I never went on a specific diet that left out dairy, carbs, or anything else. I just cut out my unhealthy sugar/fats and focused on eating ‘clean’ 80% of the time. I also focused on bettering who I was as a person, doing service daily for others, complimenting people more or whatever it was that made me feel happier.
I was amazed to see that I dropped weight (though I wasn’t trying) even though I wasn’t spending countless hours playing sports or working out in the gym.
Having grown up in OC, CA I know what it's like to have fad diets, pills, surgery, etc. so prominent among women and even men. Because of that I am passionate about Health Movement and our Manifesto which reads:
“No excuses. It’s time to take control of our health. Lasting energy doesn’t come from a bottle; it comes from healthy living. Lifestyle is the best medicine. Change the norm to healthy and get back to basics. Sleep better. Move more. Eat the right amount and type of food. Learn balance, healthy can still include your favorite dessert. Don’t try to be someone you’re not, be the healthiest YOU. Believe, then act! Start small; build with time. Ups and downs are normal. Consistency really is king. Healthy living is not a pit stop; it’s a way of life. Your preferences, challenges and goals; this is healthy living YOUR way. Respect everyone for where they are. We’re all in this journey together, just at different stages. Everyone has a reason to be healthy, what’s yours? Find it. Get inspired. Take action. Share your story. Inspire others. Join the HEALTH MOVEMENT!”
I am excited to be part of Health Movement and look forward to sharing this life time journey with all of you!
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