Dean Ravert and CON faculty enjoy a healthy, active summer


Dean Ravert stopping for a picture in a tulip field after a long day of biking.

All too often, nurses place the needs of their patients before their own. While this is admirable, it can be destructive to emotional and physical well-being. The solution is simple. Eat well and exercise regularly.

Setting a good example for us, Dean Patricia Ravert has an established routine of riding her stationary bike to maintain her good health. Recently, she returned from riding an eBike 150 miles through the Netherlands for a quick vacation from her busy schedule.

“You need to have balance in your life,” said Dean Ravert, “and part of that balance is exercising and staying active and healthy.”

Here are a few College of Nursing faculty who practice good, healthy habits:

James Kohl during a scuba diving expedition.

James Kohl is an associate teaching professor who spent 26 years in the Navy as a nurse. Living on the west coast, Kohl decided to try scuba diving in 1977. He is now an instructor and spends about 300 hours underwater each year. For Kohl, scuba diving is about leaving behind the outside world and living in the moment. He currently resides in Washington State, but commutes to Provo, Utah during the school year. Kohl also enjoys ocean kayaking, which he does about two to three times a week during the Summer when possible.

Karen de la Cruz is an assistant teaching professor who ballroom dances to stay healthy. She began dancing in 2009 when a coworker advised her to take fun classes at BYU. At first she struggled in her 100 level social dance class, but after hard work, she became “pretty darn decent.” She passed the first level of bronze standards with honors, and while she feels that she could adequately pass the gold standards, she wants to pass the silver standards with flying colors first. “I’m not OK with just being good,” she said. In one short year of dancing, de la Cruz lost 50 pounds. “It is very good for my mental and physical health,” she said. “I dance away the stress, and I am much more playful with family.” De la Cruz has not changed what food she eats, as she always needed to cook healthy food for her 10 children. She still keeps cookies in her desk for an occasional treat, but her active lifestyle makes her feel healthy, giving her opportunities to try to new things like 50 foot slip ‘n slides with her family. “I highly recommend dancing,” she said.

Many CON faculty members also enjoy hiking, camping, snowshoeing, playing soccer or basketball, boating and gardening.

Published by BYU Nursing

Guided by the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we exemplify the Healer’s art by: leading with faith and integrity; advancing the science of nursing and healthcare; promoting health and wellness; alleviating suffering; and serving individuals, families, and communities. The mission of the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University is to learn the Healer’s art and go forth to serve.

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