procedure, if successful,
that he would do his best to be more active. He has kept true to his
word. He walks everyday and does other simple activities that will
keep his body from breaking down in the future,” Joni said, adding
that her father has lost 30 pounds.
who earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from UNC-Wilmington
and will graduate from Winthrop in May with a master’s degree in
physical education, credits her active lifestyle and healthy eating
habits with contributing to her speedy recovery.
“I love all aspects of fitness and activities. I aim to keep my
routine diverse, even including swimming, racquetball and sprints.
Being active helps me live my life the way I want. I started doing
simple things the first day out of surgery, like walking and
‘kitchen sink squats.’ The doctors encouraged this since it helps
your body ‘wake-up’ and get back to some normalcy,” Joni said.
wellness coach for Zest Quest, a comprehensive health wellness
program administered by Winthrop’s Department of Health and Physical
Education at Lesslie Elementary School in Rock Hill, Joni conducts
yoga classes for teachers and organizes Family Fitness Nights to
encourage parents to pay attention to their child’s health.
“I have a passion for teaching fitness and wellness. I enjoy seeing
people who thought that they would never be able to enjoy being
active actually grow to love it,” Joni said.