I’ve come to realize that it is not selfish to put yourself first. Wellness is a journey and mental health is just as an important part of it as physical fitness is. Whether or not someone chooses to have a child, preconception health enables us to open the door to talk about family health history, screening methods and how to get and stay healthy.
Jacki Wing, New York Community Ambassador
Having good health is vital in all aspects of life and being healthy does not only mean not having disease. When I think about my health, I try to explore preventive actions that I can take to ensure I am as healthy as I can be. Improving my health and wellness has been an ongoing journey. I am nowhere near where I want to be but I have worked towards eating healthier, exercising, and trying to balance graduate school and work life. Although I have never heard of preconception health until I started graduate school, the concept blew me away. Given that the U.S has a high infant mortality rate in comparison to other countries, we must focus on ensuring people are healthy even before they decide to have a baby or know what their contraceptive options are if they decide they don’t want a baby. Putting effort into promoting preconception health can help reduce adverse health outcomes in women and babies as well as unintended pregnancies (which can have several other implications). Being a national health leader would allow me to educate others and share my passion for preconception health.
Mary Hill, East Carolina University Community Ambassador
My health and wellness motivation for being a national health leader is that as the quality of life of a person starts at conception. If the mother is healthy and makes healthy choices before the start of her pregnancy, her baby will have a higher chance of having a better quality of life. As a woman, this motivates me to live a healthier lifestyle to promote a healthy pregnancy in the case that I do get pregnant. Some things that I have been doing to improve my health wad going to the gym more. I have been going 4 times a week to be active. I also have have been cooking at home more to control what is going into my meals that I eat. I try to include as much whole grain foods, lean meats, and a lot of fruits and vegetables.
Judith Bernaldez, Hawaii Pacific University Community Ambassador
As president of Drexel Preconception Peer Educators, I wanted my peers to see how they could incorporate preconception health practices in their everyday life.
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LaTiana Ridgell , President of Preconception Peer Educators Club at Drexel University
I am fascinated by resilience and the protective factors produced by the intersection of culture and health in the continuum from pre-conception to post-partum. In my research and practice, I believe in the power of collective impact, social math, the intersectionality of stories, sustainable prevention, strengths-based approaches, and participatory empowerment.
Ana Cabello-De la Garza, MSW, MPH, Program Coordinator at Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai`i
Jussica Haynes, East Carolina University & Community Ambassador
Show Your Love Today Community Ambassador & Community Diversification Grantee
Click to view her work tailoring preconception health messages for young adults & launching the Get Smart B4 U Get Sexy Campaign.
LaShea Brown, Black Women for Wellness
I consider myself my healthiest–mentally, physically, socially, etc.–when I am able to feed my mind through reading or attending classes, feed my stomach with home-cooked food and fresh and local produce, feed my soul with conversation and adventures, and feed my sanity with crafts and other creative endeavors. I view preconception health as the intersection of all these things and want to be able to share this health journey with others as wellness is within our grasps and can happen if we have the right motivation and accountability.
Alison McClay, MPH Candidate 2018 at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health & Graduate Research Assistant, NC TraCS CARES
Health affects every aspect of your life. In order to be able to succeed in school, work, and recreational activities you must be healthy. This is including mental health. In my wellness journey I have tried at least be aware of ways to stay healthy and aware of the things that may have negative effects. Pregnancy is one of the most major health events in a woman’s life and preparing your body by using preconception health is most important.
Velma Sellars, Nurse-Family Partnership with Goodwill Industries of Michiana
Autumn Edwards, Meredith College, Show Your Love Ambassador
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