Coordinator of the Month: Joshua Moore | March 2018
Name: Joshua Moore
Hometown: Woolwich, New Jersey
College Attended / Major: Rowan University, Health Promotion Wellness Management
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Millville High School, Millville, New Jersey
Fun Fact: I am currently enrolled in a Masters in Nonprofit Management program at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Everytime I meet online for a class discussion I have warm weather on my mind (New Jersey is not so warm in the winter). Before joining HealthCorps, I did not consider persuring a career in nonprofit focused work, but then I discoved the possibilities and opportunities in the field are endless! Undertaking the program was one of the best career decisions I’ve made and I am looking forward to the journey. UCF was also the only undefeated Division I football team (13-0). Go Knights!
How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
With a background in restaurant management, fitness, and corporate wellness, my life experiences are very diverse. I have always been interested in new opportunities in the health field, but rarely is there an opportunity that allows someone to use all their talents and strengths. When I found HealthCorps Coordinator position through an online search, I knew that I would be a great fit! Combining lesson facilitation, cooking, mentoring, and event planning (i.e. Health Fair) in a high school environment is very unique and I knew I would be up for the challenge.
What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
Interacting with students during a Café O Yea is always a blast, but I was blown away by the Fitness Zone Cardio & Strength interactive demo! My two student leaders recruited over fifty students to participate in the challenge during lunch. Energy was high and students were laughing, squatting, planking, jumping, and dancing. The memorable experience has been the highlight of my first year as a coordinator.
Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
When I’m not teaching or running programs at Millville High School, you can find me playing with my kids, exercising, or cooking. I coach soccer with my four-year-old’s team, and also help run an elementary aged youth group called King’s Kids at my church. My oldest son loves that I’m involved with his sports and the weekly club because I’m the “cool dad”. Running circles around kids during soccer practice and game time at the club also helps to increase my fitness! Other fitness activities I like are cycling, swimming, running, and circuit training. You will have to ask my wife or HealthCorps Club students about my cooking skills!
What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
After HealthCorps and the completion of my masters program I plan to stay in the health and wellness field. The two career avenues I am considering are working for a national nonprofit, or bringing my services to a private company to strengthen their corporate social responisible efforts. No matter which direction I choose, my passion and knowledge will be used to better the lives of those in need. One of the best aspects of nonpfrofit efforts is sharing the mission and connecting like minded individuals to make an impact. I am excited for the many opportunities that will present themselves!
What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
Recentelty I had the opportunity to visit a local Millville elementary school and read to first graders. The mini book I read, entitled “The Vegetable Kingdom”, was created by my HealthCorps Club students as part of a Martin Luther King Day of Service project. Each first grade student received a single page folded book that included eight small pictures and a story about fruits and vegetables. As I read, students’ eyes lit up with excitement and I was amazed by their interest and knowledge about nutrition. I was only in each class for ten minutes, but I could tell their day was enriched by my my presence and the efforts of the students in the club. Every health initiative, no matter how big or small, has the potential to positively impact lives. This experience was an inspirtation and it will definitely be a foundation for all of my future endeavors.
HealthCorps Coordinator Of The Month Profile: March 2018