Meet a Health Hero: Julie Bucher
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Name: Julie Bucher
Role: Physical education teacher at Gladwyne Elementary School
Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
My job! Being a physical education teacher is a huge motivator to stay healthy. I feel that a big part of my job is to be a positive role model for the students and staff. My hope is, if I put in the effort to help people get excited about physical activity and living a healthy lifestyle, it will positively impact their lives now and in the future.
Describe a health or fitness-related turning point in your life.
I cannot pinpoint a specific turning point in my life. From a young age, I was an athlete and I have continued to stay active throughout the years. However, this past spring my school decided to have a “Biggest Loser” competition and I offered to lead an exercise Boot Camp. For twelve weeks, people made a conscious effort to eat well, work out and support one another to make healthier choices. Collectively the group lost over 300 pounds. This was one of those “ah-ha” moments when I truly felt that I was helping others to change their lives for the better.
What policy would you institute to make Greater Philadelphia a healthier region?
I would incorporate a designated time in schools and the workplace for “movement breaks.” Movement breaks enable people the opportunity to get up and move, release some of the tension that is built up and then get back to their work. People need movement to help increase brain function!
What’s the most important part of your health or fitness regimen?
Consistency! I try my best to stay consistent with a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, healthy food choices, drinking a lot of water and sleep are just what my body craves. Let’s be honest, sometimes ice cream just tastes good. Indulge in moderation, enjoy it and then it’s back to the routine.
What is your number one piece of health-related advice or encouragement?
For many years I have used the phrase “make good choices.” If you think about it, the decisions we make on a daily basis have positive or negative consequences. Remember that there is only one you! Make your health and wellness a priority.
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