I want to be able to do more things with my life, to build some memories, be bolder as I get older. When I look at my old photos, I miss what I looked like. I felt if I could control my eating, I could control how I handle the challenges in my life much better.
The program gives these cute little tokens called ďhealthiesĒ that accumulate and are used to categorize your efforts into different levels. ďChampion statusĒ is the category Iím performing at now. There also was a monetary incentive. When the check came during the summer, I was afraid to spend it and I let it expire. When I was told it was for completing a health risk assessment, I thought: This is for real, and these people are serious about this wellness campaign. So, I got serious, too.
I started walking two to three times per week for 30 minutes and I earned healthies. Then, my plan increased to walking daily and for longer periods of time, while also giving me healthy food choices to implement. Sometimes it would be to add a food; other times it was to limit and eventually omit something, such as white rice (I love rice, but I havenít had any in four months). My plan suggested stair climbing, so I tried it. It was exhausting at first, but now on Mondays and Fridays I am climbing the two-story flight of stairs at work. Some days I can run up the stairs.
The CareHere program takes into account that hurdles are a part of the struggle, and it assigns tasks such as journaling thoughts for mental health or joining webinars that address particular issues that come up as a part of life (grief and loss issues, meal planning, finances, depression, caring for a loved one, time management, etc.) CareHere provides classes that are facilitated throughout the community. It really did help to have face-to-face interactions with the health coaches and other school board employees to network with and share similar struggles.
There are networking groups on the CareHere program, and participants can blog about their struggles and their progress. Everyone is understanding and shares useful information on their breakthroughs and how they are staying on their journey to a healthy lifestyle. Health coaches share professional advice and help you maintain adequate progress. Wellness events challenge us to meet goals as a group.