Do you know a GVSU faculty or staff member who serves as a role model for others living a healthy lifestyle? Nominate your co worker for our next newsletter!
“Do something little every day, that one little step could be the step that gets you going. Never give up, you’re worth it".
A few years ago Richard Freehafer, the IT Coordinator for Facilities Services and Planning at Grand Valley, realized he needed to make a change. “I couldn’t believe how bad it had gotten, it just crept up on me, and all of a sudden it was like holy cow I’m almost 400 pounds.” He immediately made a lifestyle change and began going to weight loss classes. Although he had lost around 40 pounds through the classes, Richard hit a standstill and decided something else needed to be done. Read More.
“It has to be a life style change. Find what works for you, remember what it was like to be a kid and play, find what play works for you. For me, it’s figure skating .”
Melissa Garland, Adjunct Marketing Communications Coordinator, has been with Grand Valley in Institutional Marketing for two years. From the very start her co-workers have been supportive and have encouraged her to try the health and wellness classes available at Grand Valley. While she started out with nutrition courses, she soon took on physical exercise courses such as yoga and TRX. Read more
Chick Blue, Vice-President for Enrollment Development, has been with Grand Valley State University for 48 years. Well known for her commitment to students and their education, Chick remains passionate about her work and is a driving force here at GVSU in helping students become successful adults. Read more
Grand Valley State University track and field coach Jerry Baltes has been the head coach for eighteen years. Between family, cross country and track and field, Jerry is one busy man overseeing 180 students with help from five assistant coaches. Jerry and his coaching staff are constantly planning meets and keeping tabs on student grades and overall well-being. Though very busy, he still carves out time to stay active, practice mindfulness and eat a balanced diet. Read more
Pam and Clark Wells are professors in the Department of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University. Pam primarily teaches mathematics courses for future elementary teachers, focusing on both content and pedagogy, while Clark teaches primarily calculus and advanced courses for mathematics majors. Both are involved on campus. Read more
Angela Amerson, Academic Coordinator in Diagnostic and Treatment Sciences at Grand Valley, used to weigh over 340 lbs. When she was young, she continually struggled with her weight and as she grew older she maintained a heavier frame, and continued the upward weight trend. After careful thought and consideration... Read more
MarcQus Wright, Director of TRiO Student Support services, started working in the Housing Department at Grand Valley in 2005. A positive man with a healthy mindset, MarcQus maintains his healthy mindset by practicing mindfulness. Read more
The GVSU Human Resources Health & Wellness teamed up with TIAA-CREF to host the “Save Up Your Savings Challenge” during the month of February... The winners of the challenge are now revealed! Congratulations Robyn Toth, Lisa Surman-Haight, and Alexianna Mundy! Read more
Many people think they will never need to worry about eldercare. They make the plans to care for their parents themselves, saying they would never place them in a nursing home. But plans can change, at least they did for Kathleen VanderVeen. Read more
Though she prides herself on being a student, GVSU chemistry professor, and a mother, Kristina Mack is more than what others can see and, at times, more than she can see herself. Read more
Scott Grissom, who has been a Professor of Computer Science at Grand Valley since 1999, attributes much of his success in maintaining a healthy lifestyle to Grand Valley’s health coaching service which he has been participating in for five years. Read more