In 2013 the Women’s Health Conference featured inspiring stories of role models who work towards health: mental, physical and emotional. Aly Downs is a champion for mental health in the community.
Mrs. Aly Downs is no stranger to the spotlight, she is not only proud to be a fifth generation North Dakota farm girl who currently lives in Bismarck with her husband Kyle, but she is also honored to serve in the role as Mrs. North Dakota America 2013.
Aly graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2007 with a Masters of Occupational Therapy, and has worked in the areas of mental health and addiction. It is from these experiences that she has seen the negative impact stress can have, and she has developed the four step program-“Coping with Stress: Crowning Your Health”. Through this program, Aly is able to empower individuals to invest in positive coping skills and stress techniques for an improved quality of life. Presenting on this topic helps Aly stay on track with managing her stressors & staying heart-healthy.
Anxiety runs in Aly’s family, and though she has never been formally diagnosed with it, she certainly is a stereotypical "first-born" with perfectionistic tendencies, often leading to symptoms of anxiety. She found out last year (after wearing a holter monitor to assess her heart rhythms) that she has Premature Ventricular Contractions. They are quite common but can be lessened by leading a healthy lifestyle, which for her means keeping stress and anxiety low, eating well, sleeping 8 hours, exercising, and making time for leisure activities.
Aly is currently with St. Alexius Medical Center and the University of Mary as Adjunct Professor, her passion for education has flourished to the point of pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research.