December Wellness Warriors

Tyler Mayo

Department: College of Medicine Human Resources

Years of Service: < 1

Favorite hobbies? Reading and Diving

How do you live a healthy lifestyle?

Balance in all things, physically, emotionally and spiritually

What inspires you to make healthier choices and live a healthy lifestyle?

Quality of life not only now but also as I get older

Do you have a success story you would like to share?

I recently completed my first half-marathon. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it before I turned 30 this year and through multiple obstacles and injuries I was able to persevere to the goal. If I can do it then absolutely anyone can!


Portia Gardner-Smith

Department: UF Health/Shands Rehab at the Medical Plaza

 Years of Service: I have been an Occupational Therapist for 38 years; at Shands for 24 of those years

Favorite hobbies? Traveling and Hiking

How do you live a healthy lifestyle?

  • I strive to eat healthfully. I grew up on a farm, and we raised or grew everything we ate. I believe in buying local vegetables, in season, and knowing my farmer by name.
  • I am conscious of hydration and usually keep a water bottle with me.
  • Improving my level of fitness is a consistent goal.

What inspires you to make healthier choices and live a healthy lifestyle?

Watching my relatives grow older gracefully by eating right, staying extremely active outside on the farm, and continuing, into their elderly years,  to engage in activities that were meaningful to them and that contributed to others in their community.

Published: December 2nd, 2019

Category: Wellness Updates, Wellness Warriors