By CRISTINA JANNEY
If you are looking to reduce stress in your life or are trying to make yourself a little healthier in 2018, a new health educator in Hays will offer classes that may be able to help.
Jessica Moffitt is a certified health education specialist who moved to Hays earlier this year.
She will offer a series of classes through the Hays Recreation Commission on techniques for stress reduction beginning in January. She also has a series of four lunch and learn classes set at Professor’s, 521 E 11th St., in January that will look at healthy eating and cooking.
Moffitt has a private service through her and her husband’s business, Prospectively Healthy in Hays, where she offers clients individual help setting goals for better eating and making healthy life changes.
Moffitt has a degree in public health from Portland State University with an emphasis in physical activity and exercise in addition to her 2016 national certification as a health education specialist.
For her lunch and learn classes, Moffitt will discuss the benefits of certain foods, how they can be incorporated into your diet and will provide recipes and samples to participants.
“I think the goal of all of the courses is first and foremost to understand biologically what causes stress,” she said. “We need to know what stressors are and the reaction in our body. If we are unfamiliar with the reactions, we don’t know how address it.”
In her Hays Rec classes, Moffitt will focus on natural ways to address stress. She will have classes that address sleep, the use of essential oils, deep breathing, using teas and drinks to relax and reducing stress in the work place. See the Hays Recreation website for a complete list of class dates and to sign up online. Her first class of the quarter will be De-Stress Your Sleep on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
“My classes are meant to be informational. Attendees can either use the information or save it for later. The information provided will help each individual make one better choice at a time. Each better choice provides fuel for the next, creating a cascade of health effects, ultimately leading to a stronger version of you,” she said.