My name is Chandra Green and my drive for health started around age 20 or so. Definitely not before that. One day I took some step classes around age 20, and then ended up teaching those classes as a certified AFAA instructor for 8 years. That coincidental fitness class directed me in ways I didn’t even realize at the time. Years later, I got a Master’s in Health Education from ECU which has supported my passion for personal and professional health outcomes.
For about 15 years I worked in community health with a focus on smoke-free policies and advocated for legislative change. Talk about seeing significant change in a state that has deep cultural and financial roots to a crop! It was such a great time to be involved in a dramatic paradigm shift here in North Carolina.
I’ve been married since 1998 – to the same person – and we still really like each other. I love to learn, grow, challenge myself, and try to seek out ways to do that on a regular basis. I love dogs, love my two boys, and love being excited about life. I’m a little crafty. Like to cook. But the thing I am best at is setting a goal in the distance, and working backwards from that date/thing to make it happen. I am FANTASTIC at that. It’s a needed skill in many things, but definitely in triathlon as well as anything related to community health. I’m not a skilled athlete when it comes to speed but I have the grit for endurance, and that applies in my professional life as well. I am really great at planning and figuring out how to reach a goal.
I think it’s always important to look for opportunities and take a risk whether it’s personally or professionally. A growth mindset is critical to moving forward no matter what arena you’re in. You can learn a lot about yourself if you lean into discomfort.
Raleigh, North Carolina
channychangreen @ gmail.com