Meet Tyler Coday! He’s serving as a Wellness Coordinator at the Wagoner County Health Department, a TSET Healthy Living Program grantee. He is also a part of the OK In the Know Community Council and an administrator for the Business Savvy group.
Read on to see what sport brought him to the other side of the world, as well as what he sees as the keys to getting hard-to-reach businesses on board with public health.
Q & A
Q: Everyone has a story to tell! What have you done in the past?
A: I was born and raised in the great “state” of Broken Arrow. When I graduated, I was set on going to the best college in the nation, OSU (Orange Power BABY!!!!). I had all my classes set up and ready to rock n’ roll in the Fall, but I received a phone call from my cousin that would change everything. She told me something about this job that was available, blah blah blah….. FREE college was all I truly heard…I’m in. I decided at that time (at least until I graduated) OSU was no longer the greatest college in the nation, the University of Central Oklahoma was the best… I mean free college, am I right?
I finally received 2 bachelors from UCO in 2015 after what I call “going for gold.” It was at this point… and I truly believe we hit this road multiple times in our lives… I had the big life question of what the heck am I supposed to do with my life? I dove in head first in the job market and soon found myself at a neuro monitoring firm in Tulsa. I’ll be honest — for a second, it was the most interesting and cool job watching people get their brain, neck, and spine worked on. I’ll be honest again, it was also the worst job I have ever had. Always on call, no bathroom break for hours at a time, no lunch or dinner breaks, and Xmas eve in 2015 I worked one surgery from 5am to 9pm…. One… ONE surgery… ugh. I decided it was time to get smart and utilize my degree.
In November, I decided I was going to apply to every county for the wellness coordinator position I could find. I got the call from Wagoner that I was the man for the job and I finally started in April 2016. So yeah…. Here I am. Writing this… to all of you. BOOM! I also like to do anything that gets the blood flowing… skydiving, surfing, and wakeboarding…… oh and long walks on the beach.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: Currently I am working on a big project. It’s a secret, so I cannot tell you all, but it is going to be HUGE (insert Donald Trump impersonation). I’m just kidding. I am working on something similar to Tulsa’s Make It Your Business except for Wagoner County. My county’s economy heavily relies on two areas of industry that are typically the hardest to push toward health (my personal opinion and by no means is this scientific proof) agriculture and manufacturing. I am hoping this conference will encourage them to adopt a healthier lifestyle as well as boost their business’s productivity… And profits too obviously.
Q: What are your favorite ways to use OK In the Know?
A: I really enjoy the forums. This is the best way for all of us to communicate with each other. When I have hit a roadblock, I use the forums to ask my fellow OK’ers what to do to overcome the obstacle. It is also used to talk about upcoming conferences and projects people are working on. Also don’t forget to pop in and give someone an “atta boy/girl” during their project work. Encouragement keeps the heart pumping….as does exercise and plenty of rest every night.
Ask him about..
MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY………. MMMOOOONNNNEEEEEEY $$$$
I am a HUGE (insert Donald Trump impersonation) finance guy. I love money… but not in a Dr. Evil kind of way. I am fascinated by investments, business, and entrepreneurship. Every male in my family, besides my brother and I, are business owners. I grew up appreciating what it takes to keep money, make money, and make your money make money.
- I have participated in Muay Thai fights since I was 15. I stopped when I was 22 since college work was getting a bit overwhelming.
- I traveled to Thailand when I was 18 to train at the Por Pramuk Gym where the famous Muay Thai boxer Buakaw Banchamek trained. I still love watching it on TV and the internet when I have time.