By: Tim Stafford, Health Champion and MPH Student at Fielding School of Public Health
Let’s get buzzed…on Exercise! Exercise is medicine! Actually more than medicine, exercise is that daily Cup o’ Joe we use to start our day half-full, and then finish it by spilling over with extra energy, time, and life. It allows our daily life cup to be full, reaching well-being that builds natural barriers to disease while fostering joy and happiness.
Time and energy are our two most precious commodities. It has been my experience that the healthier you are, the more time and energy you have. The more energy you have, the more time you have to sleep, do fun things, and enjoy your friends, family, and hobbies. When your health, well-being, and natural energy are high, the quality of your life improves. Health permeates all areas of your life; physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, and occupational.
There are so many reasons to be in the field of wellness and to be a Health Champion at UCLA. It’s fun interacting with people who share the same values, supporting one another in our individual and collective health journeys. I have seen the transformative effects of good health, personally and in large groups. It doesn’t matter where you start, but where you decide to start! I love playing a role in the confidence building of people, accomplishing their health and wellness goals that they never thought possible. I have managed thousands of people walk and run half and full marathons. They all started thinking, “What did I get myself into?” But just as in any task worth completing, if you break it down into small enough pieces, then you can accomplish anything.
My background is in motivation and team-building. As a fitness enthusiast my activities have ranged from group exercise, cross fit, yoga, spinning, and marathon training to being an ironman athlete. I am also certified as a Corporate Wellness Specialist which helps employers increase business while retaining their most valuable resource, retaining happy and healthy employees. What I hope to accomplish as a Health Champion is to provide information, motivation, and wellness opportunities for students, staff, and faculty helping UCLA be the healthiest campus in America through our Healthy Campus Initiative. It’s win/win. 3…2…1. Ready, set, go!