Katie Wagner, a Montana native, started teaching at Carroll College in the Fall of 2015 after working for several years post grad school in Public Health, Employee Wellness, and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.Katie earned her B.S. degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and her M.S. degree from Montana State University in Health and Human Development. During her time at MSU, she researched prevention factors for type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease, particularly the influences of nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction techniques on risk factor modification. For her master’s thesis, she researched the relationship between BMI and the effect of the glycemic index of foods on inflammatory markers linked to various diseases. Katie’s research interests still include how to make small changes that have the greatest bang for our buck in chronic disease prevention for various populations. Although originally from the beautiful Bitterroot Valley, Katie moved to Helena 3 years ago to marry her husband Matt. Together, they have a 12 year old yellow lab lovingly referred to as Sam the Ham and recently completely renovated their first home. When not doing home renovation projects, Katie loves to go on adventures, cook, hike, kayak, read, and paint.