Kelly Berendsen

Executive Assistant Office of the President berendke@gvsu.edu Dept. Phone: 616-331-2100

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 have always lead an active life, but when my mother passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack, it gave me even greater purpose for staying active and working out on a daily basis. I feel so much better when I work out. It's hard, but the payoff is well worth it! Q: How would you encourage another person to pursue a healthy lifestyle? A: I would invite them to join me in a walk, workout session, etc. I would encourage them to eat a healthy diet, think positive thoughts, get enough rest, laugh a lot, and enjoy life. Q: What activities do you engage in to reduce stress? A: Daily exercise, spending time with family and friends and crafting.