New Team Members

June 13, 2018
Ann Torbert

We want to extend a welcome to Quinn Zuercher and Gabby McLoughlin.  Both new staff are learning their roles and look forward to meeting all of you at our November Wellness Conferences.  Read a bit about each of them.

Welcome to Quinn Zuercher, SWITCH Program Assistant II

 

What is your role with SWITCH

As the Program Assistant for SWITCH my job is to help schools stay connected with our many collaborative teams to access the resources they need to be successful! I am here to assist with recruitment, scheduling, communications, and to provide assistance with budgeting and outreach for the SWITCH program.

How did you get interested in the area of school wellness?

When I was growing up, I did not make the healthiest choices (French fries before football practice, anyone?) Today, health and wellness have taken center stage in the many lifestyle changes I am undergoing to improve my own well-being. It is my hope that through the SWITCH program, kids will receive the information they need to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle.

What tip would you give to parents to help integrate SWITCH at home?

Get interested, get involved, and get active. Too often when my own parents asked me how my day at school went “fine” was usually all I would answer. Ask your kids about their day, learn about SWITCH, and join in with family activities that make positive changes in everyone’s day!

How do you integrate SWITCH in your personal life?

Right now I am focused on switching up activities like running, swimming, and biking to improve my cardiovascular health. On the other side of things, I am trying to switch down my intake of sugar. Sugar is in everything!

What is a favorite website?

I really enjoy reading blogs focused on health and wellness, psychology, and technology.


Meet Gabby McLoughlin, Post Doctoral Associate

Gabby

 

What is your role with SWITCH

My role is a post-doctoral associate which involves many different aspects! I work on the program development, training, implementation, and evaluation pieces of the project and try to strengthen the link between research and practice.

How did you get interested in the area of school wellness?

I worked with a childhood overweight and obesity intervention back in England during undergraduate study, and really wanted to conduct further work in this area. I also love teaching and am a certified K-12 physical education teacher, which led me to conduct research with school health promotion. I strongly believe in helping teachers to develop health promotion programs that are sustainable, therefore working with SWITCH was a perfect fit!

What tip would you give to parents to help integrate SWITCH at home?

Some of the most impactful lessons that children can learn are through discussion of different concepts such as food and activity. I also believe that families should adopt health behaviors together, such that parents make healthier choices to role model appropriate behaviors for their children. I encourage parents to come up with ideas with their children so that the whole family can start something new together.

How do you integrate SWITCH in your personal life?

Over the last few years I have switched my breakfast from toast or cereal to a protein shake or eggs with vegetables. It has made such a huge difference and really helps me to start my day feeling healthy!

What is a favorite website?

I love visiting Pinterest! This website has thousands of healthy recipes and physical activity ideas for the family that are fun and don’t cost a lot of money. Anyone can make an idea and share it on this site, so if you have a great healthy recipe or activity you like, make a blog post so that others can learn from your ideas.

 

 

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