November 2019 Healthy Hero

November Healthy Hero: Jen Rauk
Posted on 11/15/2019
Jen Rauk, DMS Media Specialist and November 2019 Healthy Hero.      Jen Rauk, the Media Specialist at Dodge Middle School was chosen as the November 2019 Healthy Hero. Rauk was nominated by her colleagues Lorraine Kennedy and Connie Berg for her positive example of eating well and staying active. She is a known runner and has been seen eating her veggies in the lunchroom, but for Rauk wellness is largely about balance. 
     “I try to eat healthy and I have found a love of Brussels sprouts over the last few years — but I still love snickers after a long run,” she said. 
     As for fitness, she said, “I do love running. I run between 20-30 miles a week all year long. Interestingly, I have never run a full marathon. I think that is too much running.” 
     Although she may not be a marathon runner, Rauk does spend a great deal of time running. She tried to run at least one race per month and often runs more. She’s even been known to run two races in one day! Think vacation means a break in running? Not for Rauk. She enjoys getting a unique view of new locations by running when on vacation. 
     While running is her primary form of fitness, Rauk does enjoy staying active in other ways with her family. “This last summer I went on a youth trip with my tenth grader. We backpacked through the Gallatin National Forest. We covered over 50 miles in 4.5 days. We carried everything we need in our packs; they weighed about 50 pounds. It was tough, but the views were amazing,” she said.
     Thank you to Ms. Rauk for setting a positive example of wellness in our schools and community. 

     Farmington Area Public Schools Healthy Heroes are members of our school community who have made positive changes to enhance wellness in their lives or the lives of others. They are selected from nominations submitted to our Farmington Area Public Schools Wellness Committee. For more information about the wellness committee please visit our website.
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