As part of our Influential Women in Wellness series, we’re happy to introduce you to Sandra Barrat. Sandra is a Wellness Coach at Tempe Elementary School District #3. We’ve had the pleasure to work along side her since 2018. Tempe participates in the Move it Maricopa Challenge every year – a physical activity challenge between 10 cities. They also continuously run challenges for their members to keep them engaged, connected and motivated throughout the year.
Tell us about yourself.
I am from Michigan and moved to Arizona in 2009 to get out of the snow. I taught sixth-grade science for 8 years. While I was teaching, I earned my Master’s in Public Health. Now I am the employee Wellness Coach with Tempe Elementary in Human Resources. I have three children under age 6.
What is your WHY?
I love the way wellness feels. I also think the feeling is contagious and love sharing it with others.
What advice would you give a younger version of yourself?
I would tell myself not to worry so much about what other people are doing or how fast they are. Life is not a competition between people, it’s about being your best self!
There are a lot of women in the health/wellbeing space. Do you think women are uniquely positioned to drive wellness/wellbeing? Why?
I think it is especially hard for women to balance work and life since we are usually the ones responsible for caring for children and the home. Women in wellness send a message to others that we can all do it and that is very empowering.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I love how Walker Tracker brings communities together not only within an organization- but entire cities and counties. We had a great time participating in the Move it Maricopa challenge with cities/school districts across Maricopa that we would otherwise not get a chance to work with.