Sandy Bargainnier

Topic description: 
  • There is a big disconnect between wanting to be well and the daily reality of living with consequences of overeating, physical inactivity, addictions and having too little down time. Sandy can discuss topics addressing the role of mindfulness, stress reduction and overall wellness.
  • Health disparities have existed for hundreds of years. The social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. One of the primary social determinants of health is poverty. Poverty is more than being under-resourced economically -- one can be poor in regard to physical, spiritual, social and motivational well-being. Planning for behavior change must take into consideration the social determinants of health for each target population.
  • Planning to teach or planning curriculum must start with the end in mind. Backward design, action verbs and clear criteria that can be measured are important for any effective educator, from PreK to college. 

Doctorate: Curriculum and Teaching (human movement and health), Boston University

Master's: M.S., Exercise Science, University of Rhode Island

Bachelor's: B.S., Health/Physical Education and Athletic Training, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania


Certified Wellness/Health/Fitness Coach

Certified Health Education Specialist