Southeast Community College’s
new fitness and wellness coordinator is passionate about exercise, fitness and
eating right. As a self-proclaimed “chubby kid,” Allie Buesing knows from
firsthand experience how important it is to adapt to a healthy lifestyle.
“As a child I struggled with
my weight,” Buesing said. “Even though I was pretty active, I ate all the wrong
Buesing was in fifth grade
when she and her mother both made a conscious effort to eat healthier. By the
time she got into high school she exercised more and participated in team
sports such as cross country and basketball. That’s when she knew it was more
than just a lifestyle for her.
“I have a huge passion for
health and wellness,” she said. “I’m excited to work with the college
After graduating from Peru
State College in 2015 with a degree in Exercise Science, Buesing worked at the
YMCA and a health foods store before taking the Wellness Coordinator job at
SCC. She is in charge of student wellness programs, running health assessments
and maintaining the gym at SCC’s Lincoln Campus.
She’s also started new things
like writing monthly newsletters with exercise tips and healthy recipes,
starting group exercise classes and different fitness challenges to get
students and staff motivated. She currently has a New Year’s Challenge and a
Fitbit Challenge which both offer gift cards as prizes.
She also stresses that
there’s more to health and fitness than eating and working out. It’s also about
how you manage stress, getting your finances in order, getting a good night’s
sleep, and not undoing it all on the weekend.
“Your health affects your
entire life, your work life, your home life, and it reduces stress,” she says.
Buesing is primarily at the
Lincoln Campus, but she hopes to ultimately work at all SCC locations, she
said. She would love to see employee wellness programs at all campuses,
including new gym equipment and workout classes.
She’s already started exercise
classes at the Lincoln Campus that include Yoga, Boot Camp and Strength &
Core. Times and days of the classes are
posted on the Hub each week. She also works with the Wellness Committee chair
to plan wellness events focusing on the seven dimensions of wellness:
emotional, physical, intellectual, occupational, environmental, social, and spiritual.
Buesing also is a certified
fitness trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She
enjoys developing personalized fitness plans based on individual needs. Every
day is different for her, but her favorite days are when she can help someone
who is struggling.
“When I have students come in
and I work out with them and show them what they need to do, and then they see
results, that’s rewarding to me,” she said.
She invites all students,
staff and faculty to visit her in the Wellness Center with any questions about
starting a workout routine or making an appointment for a health assessment.