University of Washington School of Medicine
Chapter Officers: Levi Bale, Nathan McLaughlin
Levi Bale: Levi is a second-year student at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle campus. Physical activity has always inspired Levi to improve himself and help others, and it is what led him to where he is today. During college Levi worked as a personal trainer and strength coach with a range of people from 5 year old hockey players to internationally competitive rugby athletes, and found the gratification of bringing his own love of movement to others in whatever way fits them best. Today, Levi pursues interests in regenerative medicine the use of physical activity to treat chronic disease. Levi enjoys escaping the city to trail run and snowshoe in the mountains, do circuit weight training, and participating in local charity runs.
Nathan McLaughlin: Nathan is a third-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle campus. Exercise has forever been a significant part of his life, and he firmly believes it has shaped who he is. While he was a varsity cross country and track athlete at Seattle University, he still maintains his commitment to staying active throughout his medical training. This has played a very important role in his life in preventing burnout and reducing stress as a medical trainee. He is a large supporter of normalizing exercise as medicine to prevent and manage chronic diseases in the clinical setting and is working on exercise outreach projects with The Sports Institute at the University of Washington. Now, he enjoys high intensity resistance training, weightlifting, playing volleyball or badminton, and running, with the goal of racing competitively in a marathon. Exercise is the best medicine!