Meet The Person:
Dr. Julie Lombardi. Dr. Lombardi, is a tenured professor at Millersville University for nearly 20 years now. She got her Doctor's in Physical Education at Indiana University and moved into the Lancaster, PA area to start teaching at Millersville in 1993.
Dr. Lombardi is a lifelong teacher. She loves going to school, being able to interact with her students and the staff. She has a passion for being active outdoors in her personal life and also used to coach boys/girls swimming at the collegiate level.
I had the honor of taking Dr. Lombardi's Kinesiology class while obtaining my Athletic Coaching minor. I was thrilled when I found out that Millersville had an Athletic Coaching degree. It was a struggle taking a minor while majoring in Technology Education. Tech. Ed. is a strenuous program that requires more credits than any other degree while at MU. So adding a minor was risky. But I wanted to coach and felt it would really benefit me in the long run. I was right. These classes were extremely beneficial and I learned lifelong lessons. That is where Dr. Lombardi comes in.
Her Kines class was awesome. It was her class and her influence that kick started my passion and interest for wellness and nutrition. I was always into lifting weights to stay in shape. But learning the entire human body, muscle structure, etc. helped me understand what muscles do what. And exactly how to work out to utilize those muscles. I still have the book from her class. Who does that anymore?!
Also, she emphasized nutrition. Our units on foods and the human body was the game changer for me. It was then that I completely changed my outlook on my body and what goes into it. Sure, I was still in college but I did a complete 180. Less and less onto my plate at the dining hall, eating multiple small meals a day, healthy foods, etc. It all sunk in and stuck with me. It was her class and those lessons that have reshaped my life. I got Ashley to start eating better. That steamrolled into family members doing the same. People would, and still do, make fun of me for being picky when eating. It's only funny to those people because they all eat horrible. Go to the grocery store and look at someone else's cart. It's embarrassing and shows you why this country has weight issues. Sure, I can eat unhealthy at many times. And lately with a 17 month old, it's much harder. But it has been my way of life now since her class and I plan to keep it that way forever!
So Dr. Lombardi, I thank you for your influence. You helped change my life and for that I am forever grateful. Not to mention, my athletes now benefit from my knowledge. Being able to ingrain my knowledge on health and nutrition into their lives is what I like to call things coming back full circle!
Thanks. Dr. Lombardi!