Tricia Breckenridge is from Keene, NH and became a Champion on September 18th, 2012 when she made the pledge to live, share, model and inspire the Healthy Monadnock 2020 initiative after hearing a presentation at Champion School, Keene High School. Tricia is an employee of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene and theBond Wellness Center in Peterborough, NH.
Tricia, as an employee of two non-profit hospitals in the Monadnock region, has always had health at the forefront of her career and life. Tricia became a Champion because she believes “strongly that to be your best self, you need to take care of your mind, body and spirit.” “I value the importance of community and working together towards a healthy future”, Tricia adds.
Health and wellness, both in her work life and personal life, has always been a priority in Tricia’s life. After a personal journey to improve her own health, Tricia transitioned from a school counselor to achieve a certification in wellness coaching. “Wellness coaching focuses on creating a personal vision for wellness (physical, emotional, and spiritual) then setting small realistic goals to reach that vision”, she says. “I try to live/model my own version of wellness in all of my relationships and actions. In my work as an occupational therapist, exercise specialist, and Stephen minister, I am fortunate to have many opportunities to help people realize their own strengths and values. I am a member of the hospital/clinic wellness committee and also facilitate a wellness related book talk monthly at Body & Soul Personalized Fitness in Keene. I try to motivate and encourage without telling people what to do.”
Clearly from Tricia’s personal passion for health and wellness and through her efforts at her workplaces, her church and in her relationships, she sees great value in the Champions program. Tricia believes that “awareness, education and team work give the Champions program the greatest impact in our community. I especially love to see school based initiatives and adults modeling healthy behaviors to the kids who are the future of our community!”
She would like to invite her church, the Monadnock Covenant Church on Base Hill Road in Keene to become Healthy Monadnock 2020 Organizational Champions and join the other 86 organizations in our region helping make our region the healthiest by 2020!