Say hi to Monica Soto, BS, ACSM EP-C from The Lifestyle Center in Visalia, CA. Monica is the Fitness Program Coordinator and Lead Exercise Physiologist and she has been at The Lifestyle Center for over 17 years.
Monica has a B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness, Nutrition and Health from San Diego State University. She is also a speaker at the 2019 MFA Annual Conference. Her session is entitled, “Medical Fitness Integration: Development & Implementation of Specialized Programs in your Medical Fitness Facility.”
We caught up with Monica recently and here is what she had to say.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy helping the people I come into contact with every day. I have met so many wonderful and unique individuals and it is rewarding to see them reach and attain their health and wellness goals.
What has been your favorite/most successful initiative at the Lifestyle Center? My favorite initiative would be developing and implementing our A1Care program for Diabetics this past year. Unfortunately, I live in a county where diabetes is rampant, 13.8% of the population has this disease. I wanted to have a program where they could learn how to monitor their blood sugar and exercise safely, in hopes to see improvement or even reverse their disease.
What led you to choose this field? My passion for health and wellness and helping those with injury, disease or illness. I have been in a weight room since the age of 14 and active in sports since the age of 9. I am so thankful for this field, because it bridges my love for fitness and passion for helping others.
Are you involved in any charity/community work? A few of my friends and I have put together gatherings and events in our community with Univera’s Serve First, which helps bring nutritional needs to children. (Note: Click on the organization name to learn more about this amazing group!)
Thank you, Monica and thank you for sharing your time and talents at the MFA Annual Conference!