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Brittin Oakman

Profession

Research Assistant and Sales Consultant

Why did you decide to volunteer to teach the Free To Be program?

The objectives of Free to Be are near and dear to my heart, as I am passionate about the health of the next generation and our community. When I saw that this was a local initiative, I knew I had to be apart of it!

What gets your excited to jump out of bed in the morning?

My instinctual answer is food, but there is much more! I see each day as a blessing, one where I have the opportunity to create, grow and help others. A few specifics right now are writing and spending time with loved ones.

What is something you are proud of? 

I am proud of graduating from university earlier this year with my BA in Psychology.

In your mind what is the most important thing that Free To Be teaches?

It is impossible to choose just one, but an important thing that the program teaches is to develop positive, healthy beliefs and coping strategies. The application of these concepts go far beyond body image and can have such a profound, positive affect on our lives.

If you could go back and give your 12-year old self a piece of advice, what would it be?

I think I would tell myself not to care so much about what other people think. While that is easier said than done, I think a lot of time and effort can be wasted and dissatisfaction can develop from our need for approval. I can only imagine how that is further complicated now adays with the present of social media (beyond msn messenger and myspace), which is why programs like Free to Be are so vital.