Annukka Thelen

Office Coordinator
College of Education - Student Information & Services Center
thelenan@gvsu.edu 
Dept. Phone: 616-331-6650 

Q: Is there a driving force behind your healthy lifestyle? Was it a person in your life, a certain event, were you brought up in a healthy environment? What makes you a healthy individual?

A: I grew up with parents who role modeled making healthy living a priority. Even today, they walk or run daily today (regardless of the weather), maintain a balanced diet and continue to research what they can do to improve their health. Now in the mid-60’s neither of my parents are on any medications and are able to fully enjoy their travels and grandchildren. Having my parents as strong role models encourages my husband and I strive for same thing for our children, so that they will grow up with healthy habits and views regarding food and exercise and we are able to fully enjoy our time with them while they are young and in the future still be in good health and able to be an active part of our own grandchildren’s lives, are able to fully enjoy their travels and grandchildren. Having my parents as strong role models encourages my husband and I strive for same thing for our children, so that they will grow up with healthy habits and views regarding food and exercise and we are able to fully enjoy our time with them while they are young and in the future still be in good health and able to be an active part of our own grandchildren’s lives.

Q: How would you encourage another person to pursue a healthy lifestyle?

AI’ll be the first to admit, that it can be a struggle. Especially when we’re busy. My husband and I both work fulltime, our children have after school activities and sports we constantly running them to. There are days that we don’t return home until 7:00 PM and the kids have to be to bed by 8 pm. By planning ahead and doing some prep-work on the weekends, making healthy choices is a lot easier. The weeks that I don’t take a little time to plan out our meals for the week, are the weeks we make bad choices and then we feel guilty. Just a little effort in planning has a big pay off and makes you feel more accomplished in your efforts to live a healthy lifestyle. The same is true for exercise. I don’t have a lot of time in the evening to exercise and I’ve found I don’t enjoy getting up extremely early to get my exercise in before my day starts. However, working at GVSU we have the benefit of so many different types of classes offered right on campus and a beautiful campus to walk. By planning ahead and packing my workout bag, I can find time to attend a yoga class, visit the gym to lift weights or take a walk outside. Taking classes with a friend or coworker also really helps keep you on track. You start to depend on each other to always be there, keeping each other accountable.

Q: What activities do you engage in to reduce stress?

AThere is nothing better than attending a yoga class in the middle of a stressful work day. I return to work with a clearer mind and ready to continue my work day.

   

 

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