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The Role of OTs in Solving the Wellness Paradox w/Emilee Moore


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The Role of OTs in Solving the Wellness Paradox w/Emilee Moore

Unlock the secrets to a more inclusive, holistic approach to health, fitness, and wellness with our guest, Emilee Moore, an occupational therapist who is pioneering the way we think about physical activity, accessibility, and the role occupational therapists play in healthcare. Her insights into the unique benefits of occupational therapy offer a fresh perspective on how to support individuals with disabilities in finding joy and inclusivity in their fitness journey. We're not just talking about sweating it out in the gym; we're redefining what it means to move and stay healthy, from dancing to digging in the garden.

This episode is a treasure trove of ideas for anyone looking to create exercise programs that truly resonate with their clients' lives. Emilee shares strategies for fostering environments that welcome all, including those often overlooked by traditional fitness spaces. Listen as we discuss the transformative impact of integrating personal values, varied routines, and the importance of seeing diversity reflected in the fitness industry.

Emilee's perspective is that occupational therapists stand at the cusp of preventative healthcare, they bring a comprehensive approach to collaborating with fitness experts. Join us we explore how to foster this productive and collaborative approach.

Our Guest: Emilee Moore

Emilee Moore, a rising star in Occupational Therapy, hails from central Nebraska and is on the cusp of achieving her lifelong dream. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2017 and is set to graduate with a doctorate in Occupational Therapy from St. Ambrose University in May 2024.

Emilee's current journey takes her to Exercise Connection in La Grange, Illinois, where she's completing her doctoral capstone rotation. Here, she passionately advocates for inclusive and accessible physical activity for individuals with autism & other disabilities, drawing from her five-year background as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. Emilee firmly believes that everyone deserves the benefits of exercise.

What sets Emilee apart is her ambition to bridge the gap between fitness and healthcare professionals. Her research strives to establish collaborative partnerships between fitness and healthcare professionals to enhance the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities. Guided by mentors Dr. Angela McCombs OTD, OTR/L, and David Geslak ACSM-EP, CSCS, Emilee's journey is an inspiring tale of determination and commitment to creating a more inclusive and healthier world for those with disabilities.

Links from this Episode

Occupational Therapy in the Promotion of Health and Well-Being

Healthy People 2030 Champion