Kaitlin McClellan is from Swanzey and became a Champion on September 24th, 2013 when she made the pledge to live, share, model and inspire the Healthy Monadnock 2020 initiative. Kaitlin is a Keene State College senior where she is studying Community Health and population health improvement.
Kaitlin became a Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champion because she wants to have a positive impact on her community, Keene State College, and be an active participant in supporting everyone to be as healthy as possible. “I work out on a daily basis and even get my friends to work out with me”, says Kaitlin. “I support the local economy by buying local fruits, veggies, and other items as often as I can. I encourage my family to choose healthier options at restaurants and share ways to alter homemade recipes with them in order to make them healthier.”
Kaitlin has also reached out and volunteered with the Champions program at the most recent Champions Celebration event on October 10th, 2013 and got to see community health improvement happening here in the Monadnock region! Throughout her time at Keene State, she is excited about volunteering more with Healthy Monadnock 2020 and the Champions program in any way that she can. “After I graduate from college in the spring of 2014, I plan on “working in communities to improve their overall health and well-being.”
After joining as a Champion herself recently and being a part of an Organizational Champion, Keene State College, Kaitlin feels that the Champions Program will have a “huge impact over time on the community”. “If the initiative keeps growing and continues to educate and encourage the community to get more involved, then it will give us an advantage in making the Monadnock region the healthiest community in the nation”, says Kaitlin.
Kaitlin would like to invite other “Keene State College Health Science majors to become Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champions, if they are not already, because I think it is a great program to get involved in. I want to invite my family, who live in the Swanzey/ Keene area to become Champions as well so that we can all live in a healthier community one day”.