After graduating from UCLan with a first-class honours degree in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, Stacey has made it her mission to help the people of Blackpool live a healthier lifestyle.
Starting as a mature student that had been out of education for many years, her goal when starting her course was to become a personal fitness trainer but soon realised that her passion was in nutrition and its links to people’s health.
“I left UCLan with the education and thought process of a nutritionist. I learnt so much about public health, nutrition, disease, physical activity and more importantly the science behind it all. It opened opportunities for me and gave me a foundation to build on.
“It pushed me to my limits and taught me first class organisational skills, time management and self-discipline. It allowed me to gain a first-class degree, which I could not have done without the high class educational skills of all the staff.”
Stacey’s studies have helped her in her work today, as she regularly uses case studies that taught her about the pathology of coronary heart disease and type two diabetes, and how lifestyle choices can have a negative impact on health, to remind her of what she learnt in her time as a student.
“I am now a healthy lifestyles coach for Blackpool Council. I work with clients from marginalised areas of Blackpool and its surrounding areas to reduce health inequalities and barriers that prevent them from leading healthier lifestyles. I help educate clients on nutrition, health and physical activity. I take clients anthropometric measurements and blood pressure and support them with weight loss, undernutrition and deficiencies, nutrition-related disease, such as obesity, type two diabetes and coronary heart disease.”
The lessons she learnt from UCLan also helped her gain valuable experience in preparation for interviews and completing applications.
She said; “The presentations I had to prepare and deliver gave me the experience and confidence to talk to clients and patients and apply myself professionally in my work.
“I learnt a great deal about organisation and time management, self-discipline and feel the degree prepared me in every way possible for me to gain employment in my area of interest.”
4 March 2019