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Parks & Rec is Public Health - Ryan French

Ryan French
Most people know what a healthy meal or snack looks like, but our environment often doesn't support us to follow through with these healthy choices. Most people want their bodies to be moving for the whole sports/physical activity session. However, many sessions involve more sitting and listening, than moving and playing. With the COVID 19 pandemic restrictions behind us and programming in Parks & Recreation increasing, is it now time to review our programs and make sure we are supporting our community in making healthy choices for themselves and their families?
Ryan has been supporting the community in making healthy choices for over 20 years. He has an degree in Health and Sports Studies and worked as a Camp Counselor, Waterfront Director, Outdoor Educator and Trip Leader at the South Shore YMCA Camp Burgess/Hayward in the summers when in college. He worked in the UK as Community Sports Development Officer, where he created pathways for individuals to start to play and enjoy sport or/and physical activity. He was part of the multidisciplinary working group for the States of Guernsey's Obesity Strategy, which aimed to support the community in making healthy choices. Ryan now works in Kennebunk as a Program Coordinator and has completed his CPRP. He is also a type one diabetic and brings this knowledge and perspective to the Parks & Rec field.