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Kyrene adds wellness coach for new school year

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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014 9:32 am | Updated: 3:17 pm, Tue Aug 5, 2014.

Breanne Moro has always shown a passion when it came to living a healthier lifestyle.

She’ll share her passion with the Kyrene School District this coming school year as the district’s wellness coach.

Before she became the wellness coach with Kyrene, Moro was an elementary school teacher for the past eight years in Scottsdale and Tempe. She pursued her interests in health and wellness and in January, she received her personal training certification.

“I’ve always been passionate about health and wellness. It’s my go-to for any form of my stress management, and my dad passed away in April, and that kind of was ‘My life is too short moment,’ ” Moro said. “I love teaching and I love fitness, so I decided to combine the two. I’m still helping people and still teaching, but it’s in a different capacity.”

Throughout the school year, Moro will visit teachers and staff around the district giving helpful tips on how to manage stress, incorporate exercise into their daily routine and offer dietary tips.

She’s hopeful that her services will bring teachers’ stress levels down, and bring a healthier lifestyle into their lives.

“For me, what I’m most excited about the school year is to hopefully bringing it full circle and being able to have a year that is less stressful and more rewarding for them,” Moro said.

Moro will also conduct one-on-one consultations with employees at Kyrene who are interested in accomplishing a healthier lifestyle throughout the school year.

“It’s pretty much to advance health and nutritional choices for the employees of Kyrene, to deal with stress and have a self-care lifestyle,” she said. “I’m there as more as a resource … to help the teachers with whatever their concerns may be. It’s not always going to be about weight loss; it might be stress management and it might be what to eat to give them more energy.”

Deb Spurgin, assistant director of employee benefits at Kyrene, said having a wellness coach at Kyrene would be a great tool for teachers to demonstrate the importance of health to students.

“I think if the teachers get involved more with the health coach, they’re going to be starting to integrate some of the extra activates and hopefully modeling some of the great diet choices to our students,” she said.

Being that Moro understands how stressful teaching can be, she feels that her new position will benefit teachers in a positive way.

“I think that it’s one less thing for a teacher to worry about, and something that I can help them with,” she said. “It’s not mandatory; it’s just a resource for them, and I would’ve definitely picked the brain of my health coach.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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