Stephanie Skeba, a certified personal trainer and registered dietitian at Woodwinds Campus, part of the HealthEast Care System, talks about her work.
Q: What's a typical workday like for you?
A: Every hour is different. If a person wants to work out or talk about diet, that's fine. The rest of the day is with group training and group classes. We have boot camps for intense cardio and strength; Yogalates (yoga and Pilates) for flexibility and core strength; Body Fusion, which is faster work on flexibility; and TRX or Total Body Resistance, in which participants use a nylon strap attached to a wall for a whole body workout. I can have four to 15 people in a class. They may be hospital patients, staff or members of the public.
Q: How does your role fit into the bigger health care picture?
A: My role is based on prevention to change clients' dietary habits and lifestyle so they may not need surgery or medication. It prevents them from getting diseases or helps them control chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis.
Q: Who do you interact with during the course of the day?
A: I work with clients from the ages of 7 to 90. I also work with nurses, doctors, pharmacists - anyone working at the hospital - to relieve their stress. I also talk to doctors and nurses about patients.
Q: Why did you become a personal trainer and dietitian?
A: I have been an athlete my whole life, and became a registered dietitian before I became a personal trainer. Diet is 80 percent of a person's fitness goals. If I had to know the science of nutrition to know how the body works in exercise, I knew I needed both book ends to complete the picture.
Q: What do you like about your work?
A: I get to move all day and be energetic and get people to not only reach their fitness goals but to uncover their confidence and self-worth and to relieve their stress.