Meredith Keith-Chirch juggles roles as health educator, homeschooling mother and advocate, dancer, and vocalist, with the common thread being her commitment to causes devoted to finding one’s joy. Her work has led to increased awareness of the importance of holistic wellness involving lifestyle and the many areas that can be integral to health, including environment, mindset, movement, and nutrition. Car-free by choice, Meredith is a tireless advocate for mindful living and the importance of aligning your lifestyle with your beliefs and passions.
Meredith has held various leadership positions with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. With over 10 years of experience working for Fortune 500 companies, Meredith knows how to work well with a people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Her attention to detail, polish, and professionalism help her genuinely connect and deliver meaningful results for real people.
Meredith received her Health Coaching Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Science, with a concentration in Human Development/Family Studies and minors in Psychology and Sociology. She also has a master’s degree in Labor and Employment Relations, with a concentration in Human Resources Management.
Why Health Education?
When I was young, I never really thought about taking care of myself. I was lucky enough to have a naturally fast metabolism, so I stayed lean and fit without really even trying. As I got older, I would incorporate movement into my day on occasion, but only when I found a fun way to do it, and I still did not pay much attention to what I was eating, or the thoughts I was having daily and whether or not they leaned to the positive or negative.
It was not until two things happened that I began to consider health of life, both mine and others’. One of those things was that I became a mom. The other was that my own mother’s health and quality of life began to deteriorate, at way too early of an age for it to do so. These two things happened very close together in time, although not quite simultaneously. In addition, between the two events, another event occurred that really drove the importance of lifestyle home to me. My step-children, ages 11 and 15 at the time, moved in with us unexpectedly on a full-time basis. At that time, my husband, daughter, and I had already moved to living a lifestyle that involved eating real foods, incorporating daily movement of our bodies, and having a regular sleep schedule. Within a month of living with us and embracing this lifestyle, my step-children each lost 15 pounds and stopped being constantly sick with colds or other illnesses. Through watching this unfold right before me, it clicked with me that what we do, how we treat ourselves, and the choices we make ALL make a difference.
I obtained my health coach certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. While I already possessed a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Health Science, I felt that this certification would bring my knowledge and skills up-to-date.
At the same time, I also turned my attention to what was going on the outside of my body. I first learned of the issue of toxic chemicals in personal care products shortly after I became a mother. I was listening to the radio, and a story came on about baby shampoos having carcinogenic chemicals in them. I was appalled that companies would actually put toxic chemicals in baby shampoos, of all things! I threw out all of my name-brand baby shampoos and lotions and quickly set about finding safe alternatives. I discovered that this was no easy proposition. As time went on I learned that toxic chemicals were not only in baby products, but in ALL personal care and household cleaning products. Since then, I’ve been educating myself about how to read ingredient labels and what chemicals have been most connected to health issues. I now educate others on what to avoid, how to read labels to find safe products, how to look out for greenwashers, and how to make their own products.