Winona’s Healthy Habits Featuring Jacqueline Henderson!
Winona’s Healthy Habits highlights Winonans who have adopted healthy habits that are helping them (and others) to lead a better life. If you (or someone you know) would like to be featured, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. I understand you’ve recently graduated from Winona State, what did you study?
I studied Public Health, with an emphasis in Community Health. My field is all about helping individuals, communities, and populations move towards better health. We studied many different techniques, methods, and ways to help promote positive health behavior, and reduce/limit health inhibiting behavior.
Q. What are you doing now that you have graduated?
I recently started a position at Winona Area Public Schools as the district wide COVID-19 Coordinator, where I assist the district with their COVID-19 protocols and procedures. We are doing many different tasks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 amongst our students and staff, as well as promote a healthy and safe environment for all learners.
Q. Tell me something interesting or notable about what you do/your position
One notable thing about my position is that I get to work in the front line and help curb the pandemic. I think all of us can agree that we want this to be over, so it feels rewarding to be an individual who is contributing to that common goal
Q. What are your hobbies?
My favorite hobby is enjoying the natural beauty Winona has to offer. I enjoy eagle watching, hiking the mossy bluffs, and swimming in the river! I also enjoy a good dystopian book to calm me before bed!
Q. How do you practice heart healthy behavior?
Heart healthy behavior is super important. Our lifestyle choices affect our risk for developing heart disease later in life. The 2 major behaviors I practice are healthy eating and staying active. I eat a healthy diet by making an effort to avoid as many processed foods as possible, and sticking to home-cooked raw meals. Staying active doesn’t always mean going to the gym, I actually prefer a 30-minute walk, or a small hike in the bluffs. There are many ways to move from a sedentary lifestyle into a more active one, but I’ve learned it’s easier to start small rather than deciding to make big changes, like running a 5K or getting an expensive gym membership.
Q. What do you enjoy most about living in the Winona community?
I enjoy the collectiveness in Winona. Winonans are compassionate, caring, and positive, and that in turn leads to a happier community. COVID-19 definitely took a toll on communities worldwide, but through it all, Winona neighbors are still helping and lifting one another up.