Live Well Crawford County hired its director Monday.

The organization announced Brad Stroud will take over duties including overseeing the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Grant through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas.

According to Live Well Co-Chair Kim Vogel, Stroud will work with each city in the county to find other grant funding, and work with schools, restaurants and healthcare systems to help promote healthy living.

Live Well narrowed applications for the position down to five candidates. Stroud came out on top of a strong pool of candidates, according to Vogel.

“He brought a background in physical education, personal health experiences and positive changes in lifestyle to the position,” Vogel said.

Stroud has been a diabetic since he was 11 years old and takes healthy living very seriously. He runs three times a week, serves as a youth coach and is a sports fan.

“Really the goal of Live Well is to make everyone in Crawford County more health conscious,” Stroud said. “I have two boys and it’s something I try to do everyday and encourage them to do.”

Stroud graduated from Frontenac High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Pittsburg State University, where he played baseball. He also earned his master’s degree in physical education from PSU and went on to coach baseball at Fort Scott Community College from 2006 to 2008.

Since then, Stroud has worked at Watco Companies. He served as a car hire analyst, manager of revenue accounting and a marketing analyst. However, Stroud said he was looking for a career he could be passionate about.

“I like the fact that this job is aimed at helping people rather than just earning the next dollar,” Stroud said. “This is aimed to help people better their health and improve their lifestyle.”

Stroud will attend the Girard Chamber Coffee November 3 at the Girard Extension Office. He will be available to answer questions and meet community members in person.

Live Well Crawford County will host a kick-off event for the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Grant on November 21. The first event will take place 8 a.m. at Memorial Auditorium, and a second session will be held at Girard Public Library at 5:30 p.m.

“We’ll use the kickoff event to explain what Live Well is and what we are trying to do,” Stroud said. “As well as how it ties in with the Pathways grant.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.