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Keren Gifford

Keren Gifford

My lifelong passion (and personal struggle) centers around what motivates people in their healthy behavior and how to make and sustain healthy changes. That’s what I studied in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and what I wrote my graduate thesis about for my master’s degree.

My seven-year involvement in a Tae Kwon Do club at U of I in part sparked my passion. As a researcher, I focused on physical activity and felt myself drawn to social groups and cultures that support healthy behavior.

Over the years, I’ve also:
· Majored in oboe performance at Indiana University, Bloomington.
· Studied abroad for an academic year in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
· Collected a writing degree.
· Moved to Pittsburgh, started at Highmark, and got married–all in 2012.
· Practiced evaluation and speaking as an active member of the Highmark chapter of Toastmasters International.
· Taken on the biggest challenge and joy of my life: motherhood.

Please reach out to the blog team through our comments form if you ever want to contact me. I’m always looking for new opportunities to pursue my passion!

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