Morning Anchor/Reporter for Live 5 News (WCSC)
@ANNLIVE5NEWS /ANNLIVE5 /ANN-MCGILL-5B64774B
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU'D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I grew up on a farm in Williamsburg county, so it was easy staying fit. We were always doing something physical on the farm. We grew our own vegetables, had to work the fields and take care of the animals. Growing up, I always wished my parents had reared us in a city, but when I became an adult, I appreciated my farm upbringing so much. Fresh, clean food, hard work and the value of community.
WHAT ARE THREE TRAITS THAT DEFINE YOU?
Spiritual, hardworking and frugal.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT HAVING A CAREER IN NEWS MEDIA?
Being able to bring the stories of the Lowcountry to life, and to deliver information to people when they need it. It’s a wonderful way to learn about all this area has to offer, and to interact with people from all walks of life.
WHICH HEALTHY TRI-COUNTY/FIND YOUR FIT FOCUS AREA DO YOU MOST IDENTIFY WITH? WHY?
Obesity, Nutrition & Physical Activity - Food plays such an important role in every aspect of our lives. When we have enough to eat, especially healthy food, we feel better. Add in physical activity, which helps us sleep better, and you have the perfect combination for health. When we are healthy, we think clearer, manage stress better and are more effective in everything we do. Obesity robs us of good health and brings on complications that can make day to day activities challenging. Being mindful of our health in any way we can, puts us closer to enjoying life.
How do you already make conscious efforts to improve your own health or the health of your family/friends?
First, drinking water. It’s one of the easiest things to do. Nine times out of 10 I choose water instead of other beverages.
Last year, I made the effort to cut back on high carb foods and sugar. I will admit, I’m not consistent with working out, so trying to watch what I eat is another way I can keep my weight in check.
I enjoy long walks and it’s a great way to spend quality time with my husband and friends. A couple of years ago when my schedule was different, I walked the Ravenel Bridge every Friday for a month with some co-workers. When friends or co-workers suggest we do something together, I’ll say, let’s take a walk, instead of going out to eat.
When I do work out, I enjoy circuit training, which includes lifting weights.
What motivates you to improve your own health and wellbeing?
My mother lived to be 83, my father lived to see 90. Longevity is in my blood, and I want to be healthy enough to enjoy all those years. Both of my parents were still active into their senior years and lived in their own home and passed away there as well. That is a blessing. No nursing home for them. They took care of themselves with the assistance of family nearby. There’s no place like family and home, and I want to be around for my children’s children, to enjoy the life and love of the next generations.
Being so engaged in the Tri-County region through news and media, do you believe that we have any clear opportunities for improving health in our area?
Yes I do. People are motivated in different ways. We never know when viewers will have that light bulb moment and decide to make a change in their health and lives. The more options there are for people, the more likely they are to find their path somehow. Organizations must continue to present opportunities to people to help motivate them to change.
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Find Your Fit is an interactive, community-driven lifestyle campaign designed to improve the health and well-being of you and the people you hold dear. Healthy Tri-County – a regional initiative to improve health and wellbeing in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties – wants to give you the resources to make an impact in an area of health that is important to you, whether that’s eating healthier or making sure that your family has access to all of the health services they need.