My interest in health & fitness presented itself in the third grade. I sat by a girl, Brittany, in class who others made fun of for being heavy and more developed. I’m surprised to this day that at such a young age, I had the innate sense to help Brittany instead of joining the club of people who teased her. I remember thinking about how to ask Brittany if I could help without offending her. My plan unfolded perfectly, I was able to ask Brittany in such a manner that she wasn’t offended and both our parents agreed to me riding the bus home with her one afternoon. Being in third grade my plan for helping Brittany was not formulated based on exercise training theory or behavior change models, however I all we needed to do was play and eat a healthy snack. I mean, that’s what all kids do, right?! I held the timer as Brittany “played” outside … jumping rope, performing jumping jacks, balancing on the landscaping stones and to top it off I had her run the stairs inside her house. Brittany thanked me, but never invited me over to “PLAY” again! My methods for working with people are more advanced today. 😉
ACADEMIC & CERTIFICATION CRED:
Masters of Public Health – Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina, Arnold J. Norman School of Public Health -2007.
Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte – 2003.
Certified Fitness Trainer – Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
National Academy of Sports Medicine – Corrective Exercise Specialist
Precision Nutrition – Nutrition Coaching Certification
Ashley has written and co-authored about 20 health related publications ranging from clinical exercise physiology and cardiovascular aging to public health and chronic disease policy, including healthy eating and active living; physical activity; prevention, wellness and health reform; cardiovascular disease; and Alzheimer’s disease topics.