As the 2017 #SummerOfMove draft day is only days away, things have been heating up as teams and alliances are formed. Charities have been picked and trash talk has certainly elevated, all in good fun. Captains have joined under one roof and with the help of fellow WW crew members Team #WellfieWednesday has been established. We have chosen to play for Helping Kids Together (HKT), which is a social enterprise with a mission of inclusion through arts, culture, activity, and universal design. HKT promotes physical activity for kids regardless of abilities through their program, A Fit Kid (AFK). AFK unites kids of all abilities to have fun with fitness. There is absolutely no denying physical activity is essential for health. Importantly, universal design allows opportunities for each of us to interact with our environment. Without inclusive environments, opportunities for physical activity, social interaction, and health are limited. We all deserve the opportunity to be healthy. The #WellfieWednesday crew wholeheartedly supports Helping Kids Together and their mission of inclusion.
We've chosen Move Your Feet as this year's team anthem, Take a listen below!
"Everybody, Move Your Feet and Feel United"
As we move forward as force to be reckon with, I want to introduce you to our franchise players.
Matthew St John, PT, DPT, CSCS is currently living in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. He is a recent graduate of Rockhurst University and begins his career in an Outpatient/Sports setting in the Northland of Kansas City. Matt's athletic speciality is crossfit, running, and swimming. "Chronic disease is an epidemic that is sweeping the nation. As a former offensive lineman in college I let my weight and health slip after football. Last year I decided to do something about it. 60+ pounds later I try to lead by example in practicing a healthy lifestyle. Together we can make America healthier one person at a time!"
Aimee Depelteau, PT, DPT, CSCS just moved to Lexington, KY to start her career with a local PT company. Her primary activity is multi-sport (that includes strength and conditioning, running, soccer, golf, basketball to name a few). "Chronic disease is a troubling issue in our country that can be mitigated through addressing lifestyle habits such as increasing total daily physical activity, decreasing processed food intake and increasing whole food intake, improving sleep quality, maintaining social interaction/sense of community, and decreasing overall stress. When we excel in these areas we reach a state of optimal health!"
Lucas Benish, DPT is preparing to take the boards in July! He is moving to Daytona Beach next week with his wife, Brooklyn, where he is currently on the hunt for his first PT position. Lucas lifts, runs, and bikes when he can, while training for his next obstacle course race. "To me chronic disease prevention is a chance to practice what I preach and be a model and resource for others."
Nate Neff PT, DPT lives in Vail, CO and is currently a Howard Head Sports Medicine Sports Physical Therapy Resident. His specialty as a fitness athlete is weight lifting, cycling, hiking, and skiing. "Chronic disease is worse than ever in our country and we need to change our mindset as a whole about movement and wellness and take action. Nutrition and movement need to be our medicine!"
Diane Klatt, MPH resides in New York City where she is a one-stop connection to a plethora of alternative health and wellness resources. Her fitness specialty is walking and running. "Chronic diseases are something that none of us can avoid, we are all equally susceptible. However, what we do about our physical and mental conditions and health is what separates those that suffer from those that thrive. Knowing what to look for and how to compensate appropriately for your personal condition(s) can make all the difference. Each day we chose how to live our lives, wouldn't it be great to chose health and happiness?"
Jared Aguilar, SPT is student physical therapist out of Austin, TX. While working hard on his studies, he also co-host the Duck Legs Podcast. His speciality is overall fitness. Jared has a passion for helping people live to their fullest potential.
Michael Laviolette, DPT lives in western Massachusetts. He is working part-time at a busy clinic while studying for the NPTE. Michael is also pursuing a residency. His speciality is an overall fitness athlete. To Michael chronic disease "means we need to eat well and get moving."
Andrew Rothschild, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT lives in Richmond, VA and specializes in orthopeadics. He is a fitness athletes with a love for kettle bells. "Chronic disease, especially those that develop due to inactivity are a reflection of modern society in this country becoming too "comfortable." People expect things easier and on demand and some have forgotten that "work" is normal and a certain amount has to be done for minimal health and even more for better health"
Eric Uveges, PT, DPT lives in St Augustine, FL practicing in outpatient orthopedics. His primary activity is general fitness, attaining beast mode by 5am. "Chronic disease to me means diseases we've grown comfortable with because they are common...but they don't have to be. We should not just accept that conditions like heart disease and cancer are our fate, or that corporations like insurance companies, hospitals, or big pharma have our health interests at heart...they don't make money off of a healthy population. Everyone must be an advocate of their own health in order to live their life to its full potential!"
Aaron Perez, PT, DPT, CSCS lives in Saint Louis, MO. He is a Physical Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Health Homie. His activity choice varies but primarily lies in a runner. "Chronic disease sucks. Chronic disease is NOT an inevitable outcome of life. Chronic disease is preventable and reversible through lifestyle."
And finally me, Patrick Berner, PT, DPT, AKA Captain. I currently live in Greenville, SC as a full-time dietetic intern and part-time PT. My activity speciality is weight lifting, hiking, and biking. My goal is to marry the fields of physical therapy and dietetics, encouraging a greater interdisciplinary approach to preventative care. An approach that integrates both movement and nutrition is key to successfully reducing risk of chronic disease.
Thanks for checking out the team! We are looking forward to draft day!