“During this time of working remotely and staying at home as much as possible,” LaFemina said, “many of us have not been able to engage in our usual physical activities. We may even have begun to see the scales going up, due to this increased stress and sedentary lifestyle. Each month we will have a new challenge focus and accompanying document to track progress.”
He urges Gaston College employees to participate in the challenges, chart their progress and submit their checklists to him so he can record the results and recognize the top participants.
Thanks to LaFemina’s leadership, Gaston College’s involvement with the Healthy Gaston Challenge started long before Cooper’s measures were put into place, according to Dr. Allison Abernathy, dean of health and human services.
“Brett is the college representative for Gaston Together,” said Abernathy, “and he has worked to help Gaston College achieve the gold-level status of a healthy work place.”
The college received the Healthy Gaston Gold Level of Recognition in 2019. This required implementing and tracking health and wellness initiatives within organizations for at least a year and measuring their impact on the health and productivity of employees.
LaFemina earned his bachelor of science in physical education with a concentration in exercise physiology in 2008 and his master of science in clinical exercise physiology in 2012. He started working as a part-time instructor at Gaston College in 2016.
“I had planned to go for my Ph.D. for a while, since I loved academia,” he said, “but found that I gravitated towards teaching more than research, so I was happy to see that this position existed.”
He has been with Gaston College full-time since 2017. In addition to his degrees, he holds a certified strength and conditioning specialist certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and certified clinical exercise physiologist certification through the American College of Sports Medicine.
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