Q: What was your role in building this regional program?
Luke: When I first came on board, it was pretty much any type of workout activity was considered physical health and wellness. Then I started working with Spire Institute in Ohio and developed a physical health and wellness expo where we brought a group of about 20 warriors in and taught some really hands-on, in-depth adaptive exercises. Then we worked on the nutrition aspect as well. So, it was really heavy not only on the education but also application. That grew into a nationwide program -- every specialist is doing this. This was also followed up with health coaching. So, they would come to that event, leave there, and then work with one of the specialists for a number of health coach calls. The follow-up actually stemmed from the motivational interviewing we did at SHRS. Utilizing those techniques that we learned in the counseling course was really beneficial for connecting with the population.
"Functional Nutrition was another awesome course that played a role in the programs I developed. I was able to host cooking classes and say, “Hey this is why we’re using these ingredients, this is the benefit of it.” So, it wasn't just, we’re cooking this because it’s healthy, but this is why it’s healthy, these are the benefits."