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Kayla Salyer

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: Nutrition

Company/Organization: Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Company/Organization website: http://www.wellmark.com
Destination: Des Moines, IA
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
At Wellmark, I have been tasked with shadowing personal training sessions, attending and leading my own group exercise classes, completing online training programs, and listening to webinars, creating informational flyers, leading orientation tours for new employees, folding towels, attending to locker rooms and cleaning machines/equipment.

I accomplished...
I am proud of completing the EXOS exercise specialist certification, and I'm proud of organizing and leading my own group exercise classes.

I learned...
I have learned quite a bit from this internship, but the greatest lesson for me was transitioning from working with young adults to working with your average adult who sits at a desk for most of their working day. I am used to creating workouts that are more intense, and now that I am working with a slightly older population, I've had to tailor my workouts. This has been a challenge, but a great learning opportunity.

Advice for others...
Get out of your comfort zone! You're not going to learn anything new or experience anything new by staying in a safe zone. If you want to learn new things and be involved, then you must put yourself out there.

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