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NBSV 152: Jen Sinkler on the fitness industry and transitioning her work to the environmental field

Jen Sinkler has a few different titles: writer, editor, trainer, and art maker [to name a few.]

In recent years, her focus as a fitness trainer has pivoted. She trains clients out of a local gym and hosts a community workout group, but her focus has expanded to a bigger-picture approach: learning about the links between the environment and personal health. We discuss a few things that aren’t working in the fitness industry, ableism in the sector, and Jen's process of learning about community organization, and how to get involved with pertinent issues on local and state-wide levels.

Since 2018, Jen has been studying and practicing various forms of visual art — drawing and collage, in particular — and she’s preparing to launch a greeting-cards company.

We discuss her many roles, projects, and what she’s discovered as her focus in the fitness industry has shifted [you’ll want to hear this!]

Important topics and points you don't want to miss:

>> A few of the things that aren’t working in the fitness industry

>> How Jen and I met in a comments thread on Facebook

>> Ableism in the fitness industry

>> Iowa (where Jen lives) and its unique environmental challenges, and how they affect the health of its population

>> Individual versus collective action, and how we need both

Connect with Jen:

>> Jen on Twitter

>> Jen on Instagram

>> Jen's Substack, "From Where"

Episode transcript:

Access a full transcript of this episode here.


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