Chrissy Smith is joining the Rogers County Health Department as a Health Educator.
1. What made you want to work at the Rogers County Health Department?
I want to be closer to my family and I want to live in the county that I serve. You learn a lot about a community by living and working in it. Claremore, also, has a beautiful lake with a trail. A walking group called Rogers County Fitness (RoCo Fit) meets every Spring and Fall to walk. ROCO FIT is a free couch to 5K program for anybody in the county who wants to start moving more.
2. What are you hoping to accomplish in your new role?
I want to help increase physical activity, improve nutritional habits, and overall wellness throughout the communities in Rogers County. I am certified to teach an effective and free, science-based worksite wellness program called Work@Health. Poor health of individual workers leads to rising healthcare costs and loss of productivity. The program provides the knowledge and skills employers need to put into place health promotion and health protection strategies that can positively impact employees health risks. Also, I want to offer a national diabetes prevention program to the community called the U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Participants in a research trial that lost 5-7% of their body weight experienced a 58% lower incidence of type 2 diabetes.
3. What is one thing you wish the public knew about your job?
A health educator is someone who teaches how to incorporate healthy behaviors into communities. They do this by helping develop and deliver programs to the communities based on communities needs. They must inquire a lot of knowledge about a lot of different topics to help reach those needs.
4. Did you always want to work in Health Education? Why/Why not?
Not exactly, but I always had a passion for health. I first wanted to be a sports trainer on a professional football team, then a physical therapist. Over the years, life happened, and I found myself longing to teach others the lessons I have learned about the importance of exercising, proper nutrition, and creating healthy habits. Not only is it important, in order, to reach longevity, but to, also, live a longer life at your best. Ultimately, I am exactly where I have always longed to be.
5. What accomplishment so far in your career are you most proud of?
I am most proud that I helped create and organize a state wide coalition. The coalition helped with state wide policy change and state wide prevention strategies and initiatives. “With a comprehensive action plan, a coalition can engage people, ideas, and resources across sectors to create a synergy of health and prevention efforts that will have a lasting effect on community health.” ― Frances Dunn Butterfoss.