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Mariah Fulton and Jake Flores at Peninsula Wellness Center

By Patia Stephens

Since opening in February 2011, the Peninsula Wellness Center in Marina has employed kinesiology students and graduates from Cal State Monterey Bay. It’s a natural partnership.

Kinesiology – the science of human movement – is the fourth most popular major at CSUMB, enrolling 9 percent of students. They study the human body and physical activity, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree.

To date, 15 CSUMB students and graduates have earned valuable experience working at PWC, which is part of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Five currently are employed at the center.

“It was a perfect fit, with CSUMB just down the street from our facility and well-known as
a university with a top kinesiology program,” said PWC General Manager Kristine Drinovsky.

“Kinesiology majors have the knowledge and expertise that we require.”

CSUMB interns and alumni work as personal trainers, group exercise instructors and exercise specialists. They perform fitness testing, check blood pressure, prescribe exercise and offer equip- ment orientations.

Jake Flores ’10 has worked for PWC since June 2011.

“I was very lucky that the Peninsula Wellness Center opened shortly after I graduated,” Flores said. “I am from the area, went to college locally and love Monterey County. It’s a great facility with great coworkers and great gym members.” 

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, kinesiology is one of the fastest-growing majors in the country. As the U.S. population confronts aging and weight gain, personal trainers and fitness instructors are in high demand.

Student Mariah Fulton works 15 hours a week interning as an exercise specialist at PWC. She’ll graduate this spring with her kinesiology degree and an emphasis in exercise science.

“Working at the PWC has been a wonderful experience,” Fulton said. “I have learned so much from coworkers and the members.”

Wellness Tips

  • Keep moving. Find what you like to do, whether it’s lifting weights, sports or Zumba, and do it. Our bodies are made to move.
  • Focus on flexibility and mobility. Keeping our muscles and joints healthy is key to progression. Injuries just bring everything to a stop.
  • Get sufficient sleep for healthy brain function and performance throughout the day.
  • Food is fuel. Don’t take in more energy than you need.
  • Be happy! Take care of your mental health as well as your physical health.

– Jake Flores

  • Drink a glass of water before each meal. It will tell your body you are full, so you don’t overeat.
  • Half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables.
  • Reduce the amount of trans fat you eat to zero.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator, or walk to class instead of driving.
  • The hardest part of working out is getting out of bed, so bring a friend and make it fun.

– Mariah Fulton