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Community Worker, SNAP-Ed
Address:
100 Manhattan Road, Joliet, IL 60433
Phone
815-727-9296
Affiliated Content Areas
Illinois Nutrition Education Programs
Nutrition and Wellness

Victoria A. Klimkiewicz, MPH, CHES

As a young child, Victoria loved trees, wide-open spaces, and a close family friend’s farm. She loved to play outdoors all day all the time, in all weather. Bike, swim, hike, and play outdoor games. Running and playing was fun, running a 5K? No thanks! That was too hard. In her very first triathlon, her 5K was a joyful run, skip, and walk all the way to the finish line. It wasn’t until people approached her to help them get through their first triathlon, did she really investigate the art and science of running. She coached a couch to 5K at her former company, and after leaving the corporate world, she now coaches a community couch to 5K in her neighborhood.  Victoria may not be the fastest runner, but always finishes the race.  Most of the people she has coached in her Community Couch to 5K have surpassed her in run times.  It’s all good—since everyone meets at the finish line to celebrate.  One day, she will finally break a nine-minute mile. Until then she dreams of completing her next sprint distance triathlon—lucky number 13!

Belief in wellness is a multi-faceted wheel encompassing Social, Emotional, Financial, Physical, Intellectual, Cultural, Spiritual, Occupational, Environmental, and Nutritional elements of well-being. Wellbeing lends itself to be the best person you can be.  Victoria knows this is easier said than done, and set out to lead wellness programming in the corporate world. Running the gamut of a 10-week program covering a timely health topic, a new food, and a move every week; to lunch and learn discussion topics; yoga, meditation, and a beginning runners’ program. Her belief of teaching wellness at work, and making it fun, carries the message home to the family.   

Since coming to Extension, Victoria has expanded her knowledge by becoming a Certified Nutrition Educator through Utah State University. What she loves the most about what she does is learning from the people she serves.

Two of Victoria’s favorite quotes sums up her philosophy:

Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster. – Weston H. Agor

As you grow older, you will discover you have two hands; one for helping yourself and one for helping others. – Audrey Hepburn

 

Victoria has been an invited speaker to the Midwest Dental Conference covering the topics of research using meditation to effectively lower hypertension and reducing or eliminating blood pressure medications and mindfully based stress reduction, and the Arthritis Foundation featured fitness instructor with exercise to help ease arthritic pain and flare-ups.

Victoria is a Certified Health Education Specialist (NCHEC), certified Group Fitness Instructor through American Council on Exercise, Certified Personal Fitness Instructor through National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Yoga Instructor, Community Wellness Coach, Community Couch to 5K Coach, Social-Emotional Learning Facilitator, and Certified Nutrition Educator. She is also trained as a Mindfully Based Stress Reduction Facilitator. 

Victoria can be found rounding up a group of people for a run, tending her beloved over- grown garden, coming up with tasty treats for her annual afternoon tea, herding her two cats, and Zoom reading with her nieces and nephews.