• Health Nut

    Health Nut of the Month
    Established Fall 2013
  • May 2019: Norma Flores FROM Administration

    HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE HEALTHY EATING INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?Norma

    "The way that I incorporate healthy eating is through portion control and drinking plenty of water."  

    HOW DO YOU FIT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?

    "The one thing I really like doing is walking my dogs.  It gets us outdoors and in the fresh air.  Also, my husband and I enjoy working out together, camping, motorcycling, going to the mountains and fishing.  Well he fishes and I like to read and color."  

    HOW ABOUT OTHER WELLNESS ACTIVITIES?                                             

    "My faith keeps me strong and grounded.  I enjoy volunteering. Serving the kids at my church keeps me young.  Meeting new people at the different events that I volunteer at is a highlight of volunteerism. I just like helping and serving others."  

    HOW ARE YOU A GOOD ROLE MODEL?

    "I think being healthy is not always about losing weight but about being mindful.  Living a lifestyle of happiness and gratefulness.  That is how I like to be seen as a person.  Not perfect, just trying to live the best life I can."  

     

    ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER D6 EMPLOYEES?

    "Remember to see yourself in a positive way.  This can be hard at times but negativity doesn’t accomplish anything.  Don’t be too hard on yourself.  Take small steps to become healthy.  I always say “it’s the little things that matter the most.” "

     

    ANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

    "I have run 5K races and have been an Ambassador for the Girls on the Run organization."

     

     

     

     

     

     

    April 2019: Crystal Payne from the Early Childhood Center at Aims

    HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE HEALTHY EATING INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?after before

    "So, for the first 100 pounds or so that I lost, eating a “balanced” diet (i.e., indulging here and there but nothing too crazy) worked for me!  After I hit the 100 pound mark, it was as if I got “stuck”.  This is where the importance of having an educated personal training coach was VITAL.  I was discouraged but wasn’t sure how to express my frustration.  I was trying the best that I knew, but what had worked before was no longer working.  I needed someone who knew better, and that’s where Ryan and Chandler came in.  They had me track all of my nutrition for one week (i.e., no changes, just recording) and then analyzed my nutritional patterns and preferences.  They then adjusted the recommended percentages and calorie intake from the default recommendations on the MyFitnessPal app that I was using.  I saw changes almost immediately! 

    Over the last several months, it’s been a struggle to hit their recommendations but I’m getting better at it!  For the month of April, their challenge to me was to remain within 90% of all macro and calorie areas for all areas (proteins/fats/carbs) and my calorie count for each day!  So, far, I have met that goal every day!!!  I truly eat whatever I want but I enter everything religiously and adjust the remainder of the day accordingly!  If I’m planning a meal out, I try to guestimate what I will eat ahead of time.  I enter the nutrition of that meal first and then tailor the rest of the day around it.  Truly, I eat out so much less now because I am planning so intently. 

    Generally, I meal prep a week in advance but give myself wiggle room, as well.  I used to be so intimidated by the whole “meal prep” scene because I thought that I would hate it and become bored quickly or feel restricted.  On the contrary, within the framework of meal planning there is a lot of freedom, control, and power in having your nutritional intake organized and knowing that your body is getting what it needs!" 

    HOW DO YOU FIT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?

    "I do what works for me with consistency and routine!  Generally, I have four 30 minute personal training sessions, per week.  My amazing trainers change up the workouts often and each day I walk into the gym not knowing exactly what to expect!  However, I have full confidence that I will work hard and feel so much better afterwards!  I am never disappointed!  They make sure my full body is working hard and are consistently targeting my “problem areas” (my words, not theirs) in subtle and creative ways.  I love that I am constantly learning new ways to challenge my body—and my mind!  I’ve done so many things that I’ve thought I could never do!

    This month I have also added 1-2 additional “recovery” workouts, per week.  The recovery workouts generally consist of a period of cardio (I think of it as an extended “warm up”) and then a period of extended stretching—it’s like my own personalized yin yoga session!  My muscles are growing and changing rapidly and I find that ample stretching is vital to reducing soreness and gaining flexibility!

    Outside of the gym, I enjoy short hikes (I haven’t tried anything too scary just yet—but I have my eye on those 14’ers!!!), walking my sweet dog, Maggie, and swimming in the summertime!  My preschoolers also keep me moving throughout the school day!"

    HOW ABOUT OTHER WELLNESS ACTIVITIES?                                             

    "In contrast to the hustle and bustle of energy that I expend throughout the week, I steal time away during evenings, early mornings, and weekends in order to “reset.”  I truly am an introvert at heart and re-energize from time alone.  I enjoy quiet Saturday mornings; sipping coffee while cuddled with my pup, participating in weekly activities with my church community, occasionally getting a massage and/or mani/pedi, going shopping, watching college football in the Fall (GO BUCKEYES!!!), cooking/baking, and chatting with friends and family back East."

    HOW ARE YOU A GOOD ROLE MODEL?

    "This question is incredibly humbling.  In fact, the notion that I would be a “role model” of health and wellness is a completely foreign concept to me!  Honestly!!  As I mentioned, I’ve struggled in this area my entire life.  The concepts of “fitness” and “health” were completely intimidating.  I did not grow up an athlete.  In fact, I was generally the “fat girl” in class.  I was bullied, overlooked, and thought of as “lazy” when that was the furthest thing from the truth.  I feel confident that many of us who choose to work with children have had similar experiences or know someone who did.  We want experiences for other children to be different. Better.  And for students to know that they are loved and accepted just as they are. I sincerely hope that my story will encourage others to TRY to be BETTER.  It does not happen overnight and, as Ryan likes to remind me often, the key to success is “consistency over time.”"

     

    ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER D6 EMPLOYEES?

    "As teachers and caregivers, we are often compassionate and self-sacrificing to a fault.  Be kind to yourself.  Give yourself grace.  If you’ve had disappointing or hurtful experiences related to health or fitness in the past, don’t let those setbacks define your future self!  Take a chance on something new!  If you’re making gains on your goals, KEEP GOING!!!  If you’ve hit a setback, be kind to yourself and give yourself time.  My hope for every D6 employee would be that each one take some time this summer to intentionally set goals for better health and then take action in order to make those goals a reality. 

    Recently, I hit a plateau and was feeling very “stuck”; despite doing everything “right.”  I came across the following quote, and it has stuck with me:

    A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.  ~Jim Watkins

    My challenge to D6 employees?  BE. THE. RIVER.  For your families, your students, your friends, and most of all, yourself."

     

    ANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

    "I have struggled with the concept of health and fitness (i.e., the vicious cycle of weight gain/loss/regain) my entire life.  Several years ago, I experienced some very difficult personal circumstances that forced me to do a more serious examination of my life, overall.  I decided that, despite tragedy (and perhaps, because of it), I wanted to become BETTER, every day, and I began making a concerted effort to address the areas of my life that needed the most attention.  At that time, I weighed 425 pounds and was in the worst shape of my life.

    Beginning in early 2015, I returned to gym life with the hope that I could improve my condition on my own. At that time, I was teaching in Virginia and I began going to a local recreation center before school a few days a week.  Although I had made some progress, within a few months, I realized that I was going to need more help in order to accomplish my goal.  The constant early-morning cardio was TORTURE, and I found myself falling asleep on the stationary bike!!! 

    And so, in April 2015, I went to my doctor and requested a referral to the P.R.E.P. program at a local gym.  This Physician Referral Exercise Program served to offer a short-term, discounted rate for folks who needed the assistance of a Personal Trainer in order to improve their health.  This was my first experience with using a Personal Trainer, and, initially, it took me a little time to come around to the idea. The program was short term and so, after a couple of months, the training discontinued and I began going on my own.

    I remained at that gym until I moved to Colorado in August of 2017.  Over the course of those two years, I lost roughly 50 pounds.  After moving to Colorado, I immediately began seeing positive changes in my health and I STRONGLY desired to make additional changes so that I could take advantage of all that this beautiful area has to offer! Between August and December 2017, I dropped about 30 pounds.  In January 2018, I joined a gym in FOCO and began training with a great trainer 1x per week.  I dropped another 20 pounds or so by summer 2018; placing me at an overall loss of 100 pounds!!!  I was feeling stronger and EXCITED about my progress.  I returned back East for most of last summer and quickly began to see setbacks, once again.  When I returned to Colorado in August, I had regained a portion of that 20 pounds and was feeling a little frustrated with myself but ready to get back to work!!!

    I moved away from FOCO in September and decided that a gym closer to Greeley would be most ideal for me.  I was also ready to WORK and to really COMMIT to my next chapter of better health!  That’s when I discovered NOCO Fitness in Greeley and began Personal Training sessions after school 4x per week with Chandler and Ryan.  Since my first consultation with Ryan in September 2018, I knew that I had found the place and trainers who would REALLY help me!  And yet, I was hesitant to commit for too long (after all, I had to make sure it was a good fit, right?!).  Initially, I signed up for 3 months and renewed for another 6 months in January 2019! 

    Since joining the NOCO Fitness family last October, I have lost over 50 pounds and 21 inches overall in just six months!!!  I am now down 135 pounds—86 of which I have lost since moving to Colorado!  I am STRONGER and HEALTHIER than I have EVER been!!!  Every day I am seeing changes and the growth and progress (as well as the encouragement of my amazing trainers and friends) encourages me to KEEP GOING!!!

    When I began this fitness chapter, the primary goal was to become BETTER.  And now, four years and 135 pounds later, the goal remains the same.  Except now, instead of operating from a defensive standpoint, I am operating from an offensive standpoint.  I am feeling more empowered and creating my own goals outside of the gym.  For instance, I am recruiting a team of ladies from NOCO Fitness to participate in the Wonder Woman 5K in Denver this summer!  I am also hoping to get back into bike riding (something that I loved doing as a kid!) and even try my hand at horseback riding and skiing/snowboarding!  I am excited to see what the future holds!"

     

     

     

     

     

     

     March 2019: Marty Neibauer FROM CentralMarty

    HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE HEALTHY EATING INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?

    "I really don’t do anything super special in terms of diet. I try to eat a good balance of protein, fruits and vegetables, and carbs. When possible, I prefer to eat 5-6 small meals per day rather than 2-3 large meals. I try not to overeat and try to eat my bigger meals earlier in the day. I drink lots of water…a half gallon or more per day. I supplement my diet with protein and other vitamins when I am training hard. I also try to limit sweets and simple carbs, although, I have to admit, I love chocolate….it’s my weakness."

    HOW DO YOU FIT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?

    "I don’t think of it as incorporating physical activity into my life….being physically active to me is more of a way of life, part of who I am, I love it. So, I naturally do some sort of exercise or physical activity almost every day. I go to the gym 2-3 times per week, and when the weather permits I ride bikes (road and mountain) almost daily. To make this easier, I often keep one of my bikes at school and jump on it right after work. On weekends I often head to the mountains to hike, camp, mountain bike, or rock climb. I really just like being outside."

    HOW ABOUT OTHER WELLNESS ACTIVITIES?                                             

    "To me living a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. I try to live my life with the eyes and curiosity of a child. I’m always looking for new adventures and experiences, not just exercise. I consider life a journey not a destination, I try to fill it with a wide range of experiences. I like to travel and explore new places, meet new people, read, learn new things, garden, do projects, motorcycle ride, camp, and sometimes just hangout and have some stimulating conversation. Life is meant to be shared, so shared experiences with friends and family is an important part of that balance."

    HOW ARE YOU A GOOD ROLE MODEL?

    "Role model…hmmm…well I try to be. I think it’s important to be the person you portray yourself to be. I try to live with a growth mindset and encourage others to do the same. I work hard to be a glass half full type of person. I have coached young athletes for most of my life and I try to encourage others to get active and to exercise. I have helped organize many group activities, such as the group rides, hikes, and the Bike Club we have at Central from time to time. I think it’s important to accept people for who they are and where they are at in their fitness journey and support them in moving towards their goals."

     

    ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER D6 EMPLOYEES?

    "Advice... I suppose my best advice would be, to just get out there and live. Life is short and precious, and it goes by way too fast. Don’t wait, don’t be afraid to make a change, and don’t make excuses…..there is too much out there to do and too much to experience to spend a lot of time sitting around as a couch potato. Life begins outside your comfort zone….go for it. Cheers."

     

    ANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

    "I’ve been a competitive athlete most of my life and still seek out opportunities to compete in various things. I started competing in HS and really haven’t stopped. I was an All-American in the decathlon for the University of New Mexico and competed in the 1984 Olympic Trials. Recently I have been into bike racing. For the past three summers I have raced in the Gold Rush Gravel Grinder, a 72 mile race on dirt forest service roads in Spearfish S.D. Last year I got 12th out of 118 competitors, 5th in the 40 and over age group, finishing in 4 hrs. 45 mi."

     

     

     

     

     

    December 2018: Aimee Anderson FROM NorthridgeAimee

    HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE HEALTHY EATING INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?

    "Last year I joined weight watchers. It’s really helped me be more mindful about my food choices. The program is great because you still get to eat the things you love, but with the points system you have to decide whether or not it's worth it."

    HOW DO YOU FIT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?

    "My job as an IFL teacher makes me very active during the day.  It’s not unusual for me to have over 10,000 steps by the end of the school day.  I also enjoy going for walks with my wife, daughter and 4 dogs." 

    HOW ABOUT OTHER WELLNESS ACTIVITIES?                                             

    "It’s important to do things that relax and rejuvenate yourself on a daily basis.  I love to read and it’s a way for me to unwind.  I also love going to games at CSU (Volleyball and Women’s basketball).  Go Rams!"

    HOW ARE YOU A GOOD ROLE MODEL?

    "After I started losing weight on the weight watcher program, other people at school started noticing the changes.  I encouraged many people at my building to try the program out.  I believe we have a fairly large group of people who are now doing it!  It’s so much easier to stay on track when you have support among your co-workers and friends."

     

    ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER D6 EMPLOYEES?

    "Take things one day at a time....get outside, get active and find something you are passionate about!"

     

    ANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

    "I will be running in the 10k Fortitude race in Fort Collins in September."

     

     

     

    November 2018:Brooke Starr FROM Dos RiosStarr

    HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE HEALTHY EATING INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?

    "Healthy eating has become second nature to me.  At the start of my weight loss journey, it was absolutely difficult to choose vegetables over chocolate.  However, with everything, after time it became second nature. I feel better when I eat better, so I ensure that I always have something healthy with me.  Keeping things like protein bars and organic trail mix with me at all times helps eliminate the urge to stop at a fast food restaurant or gas station."

    HOW DO YOU FIT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?

    "I run 5 days a week in addition to kickboxing and yoga once a week.  Physical activity come in many forms. I race my students at recess or play with them every day."

    HOW ABOUT OTHER WELLNESS ACTIVITIES?                                             

    "I am SCUBA diver and avid hiker.  Healthy to me also means taking time for myself.  I set a goal to read one non academic novel a month, which helps me stay balanced."

    HOW ARE YOU A GOOD ROLE MODEL?

    "I encourage my students to eat healthy and stay active.  If I have a student that is not showing interest in playing, those are the ones I will usually start a game of basketball with.  I am also acutely aware they are watching the choices I make, so I don’t keep junk food in my room nor do I bring it for lunch."

     

    ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER D6 EMPLOYEES?

    I have learned that it is so important to have self forgiveness.  It is of course better to choose carrots over candy; but we are all humans, and it will happen.  That candy may offer more emotion benefits at that moment. Everything is about balance and moderation!!

     

    ANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

    "I have lost 87 pounds in preparation to climb Mt. Everest next year!  This has been a “bucket list” item for me and am excited to accomplish it!"

     

     

     

     

     

    October 2018: Laurie Hughes FROM WinogradHughes

    HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE HEALTHY EATING INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?

    "I preplan my meals and portion them out so that I can stay on track. I indulge only occasionally to stay on track."Hughes2

    HOW DO YOU FIT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE?

    "I work out 3-4 times a week, drink lots of water and walking daily."

    HOW ABOUT OTHER WELLNESS ACTIVITIES?                                             

    "I have a daughter named Vanessa and I am active with her all the time. Recently we went to the Fritzler farm and Centennial Village."

    ANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

    "Tough Mudder, First Sprint Triathlon"

    ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER D6 EMPLOYEES?

    "Do something everyday that makes you happy."

     

     

     

     

     

    September 2018: Michael Apodaca FROM MonfortApodaca

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "If I eat fresh foods more often and keep the less healthy foods at a minimum, I eventually will crave the healthy meals over the alternative.  The opposite is also true.  Also, if I don’t show some level of consciousness in the teachers’ lounge, I can easily overdo it with the treats.  So, I do my best to eat fresh foods during the week and keep the burgers and pizza for the weekends - moderately, of course."

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?

    "If I don’t make time to exercise, it won’t happen.  I’m up at 4:00 am and at the gym by 5:00.  I add variety which includes vinyasa yoga, cardio, and strengthening.  Weekends include biking or hiking, because adding an inspiring environment helps keep my mind off the “work” in the workout.  If I’m off my normal routine, I still incorporate some activity, no matter how small.  In the words of Brene Brown, “The 20 minute walk we take is better than the 4 miles we didn't run at the gym.”"

    How about other wellness activities?                                             

    "A healthy mind is just as important to me as a healthy body, which is why I’ve incorporated mindfulness in my life.  Daily meditation directly influences my stress level, my relationship with others, and my teaching ability.  It helps me respond rather than react, empathize with others, and appreciate the many gifts in my life."

     How are you a good role model?

    "Teaching already has its challenges and hardships, so the last thing my school needs is unnecessary drama and negativity from me.  I stay positive, own my mistakes, help others when I can, and don’t avoid tough conversations.  Professionalism mixed with humor and camaraderie goes a long way!"

    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

    "I’m excited to bring mindfulness education to Monfort!"

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

    "I can only give my best if I take care of myself.  By doing so, I am a better teacher, co-worker, and team member.  When I fall short of self-care, I find it affects how I perform at work."

     

     

     

     

     

    May 2018:Kaitlyn Fischer FROM Northridge 

    Fishcer

    AS PART OF THE ATTITUDES OF GRATITUDES 10-DAY GRATITUDE JOURNALING CHALLENGE, PARTICIPANTS WERE ASKED TO SHARE THEIR GRATITUDE STORIES. OVER 40 AMAZING STORIES WERE SUBMITED! THE WORKSITE WELLNESS COMMITTEE CHOSE TO FEATURE KAITLYN'S STORY:

    "Over the past few months I have been struggling with postpartum depression. My weight has not changed during this time and I have struggled with being away from my son. Throw in a tougher group of students and this is a recipe for a rough year. But my husband has been super supportive and has been asking me to tell him every day what I am grateful for or for something that I like about myself. It was embarrassing being coached by my spouse on being happy so I often did not meet his challenge. But with this journal, I found some inner peace. I was able to document the things I love and appreciate without feeling pressured to do so. It allowed me to remember all of the daily present things in my life that I often take for granted. I challenged myself to look for three different things every day and would not repeat any during my ten days. I also challenged myself to look for something at work, at home, and within myself to be grateful for. At times it was difficult. But as I went through the challenge, I began to recognize the meaningful moments in all of the stress and chaos. I listed seemingly innocuous things like Reese's, homemade soup, and my hour long drive (for some personal time). But I also listed some things that were unique to that day like my club's end of the year picnic or taking a hike and seeing a doe and her fawn.
    Through this challenge I have genuinely began to feel better. I still have a long way to go but I plan on continuing to use the journal to help remind myself every day of the beautiful moments that I get the pleasure of experiencing."  

     

     

     

     

     

    April 2018: Dominic Gavina FROM OIT Gavina

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I utilize the “My Fitness Pal” application to track my calories. I find doing this makes eating a 250 calorie Snicker bar more difficult. Especially when it’s the difference between eating the chocolate or eating dinner. When you start looking at food this way you find yourself making better decisions about what you eat. Healthy eating follows suite in regards to cutting out more carbs, bad fats, and sugars because those are the foods that usually put you over your calorie intake for the day." 

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?

    "I do this two ways, I set personal goals for myself and make physical activity a family event. On evenings we are not taking our son Michael to swimming practice, Misty and I along with Marcus and Mikey go on a three to four mile walk in the evenings. We have recently made long distance biking the norm on the weekends as well.

    As far as personal goals go, I always try to run faster and further than before. At the start of my journey to better health, I was running a mile at a 4.5 mile pace. I would run one mile then walk the next. Since March of last year, I have increased this to being able to run a mile at 6 mile pace, upwards to four miles. I am now training for my first 10k that will take place in Estes Park this summer."

    How about other wellness activities?                                             

    "I make sure to always maintain a positive outlook. There are numerous things in this life that can get you down, or irritated. Life is much too short to dwell on or allow these things to affect your mood. You’re outlook on life’s curveballs is a choice, and we can all choose to be positive and roll with them."

     How are you a good role model?

    "Maintaining my positive outlook, I find it to be contagious. When you’re happy, the people around you are happy. You can change a person’s bad day into a good day with a smile and kind words.

    Giving advice when asked, if someone asks about your diet and/or exercise regimen. Let them know, and wrap it up in positivity, make sure they know you believe they can achieve a healthy lifestyle as well."

    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

    "The most recent accomplishment I have is a family related one. Just this past weekend we completed our first thirty mile bike ride. We rode from the Family Funplex in Greeley to Eastman Park in Windsor, then back again. This was the furthest any of us had ever rode.

    I participated in the “Beyond the Start 5k” hosted by Scott Elementary School on April 7th. I finished 1st in my age group with a completion time of 26:07 and 11th overall."

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

    "Don’t turn a bad day into a bad week, missing a day at the gym or eating too many unhealthy snacks is not going to undo all that you have accomplished. Stay strong and get back on the wagon, reach the goals you have set both short and long-term."

     

     

     

     

     

    March 2018: Jon Halverson from Winograd Jon

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I eat 2 apples every day. I also cut out as much as possible processed foods. (Bread, Potatoes, Rice) etc. I do not drink pop ever."

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?

    "Moving! The body has to move in order to work properly. If you go any place that has a parking lot park further away so you walk. I do a lot of walking."

    How about other wellness activities?                                             

    "Sleep is very important. I get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night."                                                          

    How are you a good role model?

    "I am always in a good mood. I refuse to allow anyone to dictate weather I have a good day or not. It is 100% my choice."

    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

    "8 years ago I hit rock bottom I was 460 pounds with a 64 inch waist. I have not been able to get under 300. This year I made a commitment to myself that I would not only get under 300 but I would get to 260 by year end. I started this year at 320 pounds with a 52 inch waist I am now ready to drop to 46 inch waist.  I am currently 294 pounds. My end goal is 240 pounds."

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

    "First thing you have to do is decide what you want. Second thing set a goal along with an action plan to get there.  Third you need support so share your goal with people who will hold you accountable. Forth thing make it fun or you won’t do it. If you fall off don’t beat yourself up just start again. Start with walking it doesn’t cost anything and you will build up energy."

     

     

     

     

    February 2018: Dan Wooten from Administration 

    Wooten

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "My diet is fairly consistent. I enjoy a fruit smoothie every morning and try to consume plenty of vegetables, grains and legumes. I rarely eat foods high in sugar." 

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?

    "I try to stay active. My cardio preference is running so I do that most of the time. I also enjoy walking my dogs."


    How about other wellness activities?                                             

    "I try to get as much sleep as possible. People tend to underestimate how beneficial sleep can be. I also enjoy playing different types of puzzles on my iPad to keep my mind in shape."

                                                                                                             

    How are you a good role model?

    "I try to be a good role model by staying active, maintaining a healthy diet and treating everyone with respect."

     

    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

    "My favorite half marathons are trail runs. Every race is different with unique surroundings, signts, and views."

     

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

    "Always choose stairs over an elevator."

     

     

     

     

    January 2018: Molly Allinder from McAuliffeMolly

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I have always had healthy eating habits from the time I was little. Now that I’m an adult, I make sure that I always eat my fruits and vegetables throughout the day.  For almost a year now, I have been conscientious about the amounts of carbs and fats going in my body throughout the day. It’s a fun challenge to put yourself to the test!"

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?

    "I wasn’t always an active person growing up, but then in high school I started dancing competitively and really enjoyed a good workout! In college, I always woke up early to exercise and continued to dance by coaching a high school. Now that I’m a full time teacher and in grad school, I workout 4-5 times a week with a group of ladies from school! It’s so fun to workout together and release tension throughout the day."


    How about other wellness activities?                                             

    "It’s so important to take care of my whole self, so I make sure that I get plenty of sleep at night, make time for cooking dinner, reading, and making crafts, and finally I devote myself to God."

                                                                                                             

    How are you a good role model?

    "I have encouraged my workmates to get a gym membership and join me on the journey to a healthier lifestyle. As for my kids, I always model a healthy lunch and snack. I try to only talk positively about myself and model a healthy self image- even though I don’t always feel like it! I love to go get hot lunch with the kids and load up on fruits and vegetables and rave about the food they make in the cafeteria.  If kids don’t have a snack from home, I only offer fruits and vegetables. It’s crucial to have students see me be healthy if I want them to be healthy."

     

    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

    "I’m not a competitive person anymore, but I have participated in several 5k races in the district and community, I have ran the Bolder Boulder, and just last summer I climbed my first 10K in remembrance of Stephanie Fiala, a kindergarten teacher in the district, who passed away of cancer a year ago."

     

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

    "Take baby steps, drink some more water, add some more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and whenever you can, get some exercise. Just taking the stairs a few times a week is a good idea!"

     

     

     

     

     

     

    December 2017: Cammaron Butcher from JacksonCammaron

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I am always adjusting the way I am eating based on the way I feel. Don’t get me wrong I will treat myself now and then with something I don’t typically eat during the week. I also meal prep all of my food for the week. Saturday I develop a plan of what I want to eat and a grocery list. I then go Saturday night and cook on Sunday. I try to watch all of the things I eat to help fill me throughout the day and help me with my workouts in the mornings and at nights."

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?

    "I am always physically active. I have a hard time taking rest days. I go to the gym in the morning with my boyfriend to do some cardio. Then at nights I go to Crossfit to get in another workout with more weights and cardio combined."


    How about other wellness activities?                                             

    "I have a lot of energy. With that energy I have a hard time sitting on the couch for too long. I usually get up and go places just to get myself moving. I also love playing with my dog so when I need to get out some energy I usually find ways to play with her."

                                                                                                             

    How are you a good role model?

    "As a kid I battled weight and self esteem. As I got into college I developed eating disorders to help myself feel better about the way I looked and the way I felt. With these eating disorders came a lot of stress and self esteem concerns. When I started Crossfit is when I really started to change my mindset. I think just being able to show that one can change their mindset and that it is a struggle but it is possible and a constant process."

     

    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

     "3 Crossfit Competitions, 2 Crossfit Opens completed, Color Run 5k"

     

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

     "Change your mindset to be an inspiration to yourself and others! It’s going to be hard but set goals and don’t give up until you reach them!"

     

     

     

     

     

     

    November 2017: Chris Alcazar from Dos RiosChris

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "Chris makes a conscientious decision every day regarding fuel for her body.  She doesn’t “eat just to eat”"

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?

    "Chris makes the effort to try new physical activities every week -- this week it was squat jacks!"


    How about other wellness activities?                                                           

    "Chris is also very spiritual and incorporates her values in everything she does."                                                                                                         

    How are you a good role model?

    "Chris’ quiet, faith-filled approach to her students and to others she works with inspires all of us to want to be better people."

     

    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

    "Biking to Estes Park and to Carter Lake

    Squat Jacks!

    Corgie 5K

    Bolder Boulder (many times!)"

     

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

    1. "Keep moving
    2. Try new things
    3. Find fun in ways to take care of yourself"

     

     

     

     

    October 2017: Cyrece Flint from Dos RiosFlint

     How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I eat a half an apple everyday for breakfast and a variety of salads for lunch and dinner."

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?

    "I love to walk and hike. I go for very long walks outdoors on the weekends."


    How about other wellness activities?                                                                       

    "I drink lots of water. Also, I meditate and reflect to keep a healthy mind and spirit."                                                                                                                

    How are you a good role model?

    "In my classroom we do movement activities throughout the school day."

     

    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

    "I spend my summers hiking the trails in Rocky Mountain National Park."   

     

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

    "Take care of your whole self, and enjoy every moment!"

     

     

     

     

    September 2017: Kim Perales from Scott 

     How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?Perales

    "If there is an area of health and wellness in which I struggle, it is with healthy eating. I have to work hard in this area. To incorporate healthy eating into my lifestyle I keep the 5210 in my brain...I am conscious of my fruits and veggies intake and count daily, I think about my drinks. I also try to live by the motto, "Everything in moderation." So that I don't get overwhelmed with guilt should I accept a treat at school or eat a lunch that I shouldn't."

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I coach running groups and health/wellness groups at Scott Elementary, as well as running groups in the community. Through this I get many hours of physical activity, not only running, but also activities like yoga, jumping rope, and other fun activities." 

    How about other wellness activities?                                                                       
    "The coaching I do is the most "bucket-filling" and mentally healthy thing I do. It may also be the most important work I do. The mini-lessons on eating well, reading food labels, sugar, and physical activities are amazing, but it's the mental well-being (social and emotional mini-lessons, self-care lessons, mindfulness, etc.) that keeps me, and the students I reach, on the right track the most."                                                                                                                   
    How are you a good role model?
    "I am a role model for students throughout BStrong Bfit and running groups, both at school and in the community. I not only teach the social/emotional mini-lessons, but I also model constantly and point out the power of positive thinking. I hold Positive Power lunch bunches, and I ask the students to share out after practices what thought processes they noticed they had and any positive changes they made."
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I have run many 5k races, and sometimes win my age category. More importantly, I am out there showing that one doesn't have to be a future Olympian to enjoy an active lifestyle. We don't have to see ourselves as athletes to be able to get out there and participate, and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that crossing the finish line brings." Kim (far right in photo) won an orchid after this 5k!    
     
     
     

     

     

    May 2017: Scott Melton from Northridge 

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

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    "I try to eat much smaller portions and avoid some of my favorite things like bread pasta and pizza."

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I look for ways to get more steps in a day. I park farther out in parking lots and at school I walk instead of using the golf cart."

    How about other wellness activities?                                                                                      
    "Limit adult beverages and a good night's sleep. "
    How are you a good role model?
    "Not sure that I am, but maybe."
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I used to be borderline diabetic with high blood pressure. Now I've lost almost sixty pounds and a lot healthier than I've been in years."
     
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "It's a lot easier to stay healthy than it is to get back to healthy."
     
     
     
     
     
     
    April 2017: Shawna Busby-Hirman from the Early Childhood Center Shawna
     

     How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "Our family tries to stick to a gluten free diet for our younger son, I am also a vegetarian."

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "We live a very active lifestyle as a family, we enjoy hiking, skiing, mountain and road biking and paddle boarding as a family. We spend our summers hiking fourteeners with our 2 boys."

    How about other wellness activities?                                                                                      
    "I have a standing work station in my office and I am always on the move, my boys keep me moving too! I work with an amazing group of people on our Early Childhood team, they help me keep my work and life in perspective. Their support is amazing! "
    How are you a good role model?
    "I try to encourage staff to go for walks at lunch, and our Early Childhood Secretary Amy Kramer does the same for me. We try and have healthy foods at monthly birthday celebrations. I also encourage everyone to participate in the annual Success Foundation bike ride as an Early Childhood team building activity. I forget my lunch fairly often and my dear friend Beth Dick will help remind me to take care of myself by bringing me a sack lunch :) We incorporate Action Based Learning and Mighty Moves curriculum in our preschool classrooms, getting our students up and moving is so important! "
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "Austin Freescale Marathon, Santa Fe Century, Boulder Backroads Half Marathon, Venus de Miles 60 mile ride, Vail La Sportiva Half Marathon, Tri for the Cure Triathlon, Tough Mudder Snowmass."
     
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Work hard and play harder! This is advice I need to remind myself of more often, I work too much sometimes. "
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    March 2017: Brian Deveraux from Jefferson High SchoolBrian

     

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I try to eat healthy every day by making sure that we only keep healthy foods in the house. Most weeks my wife and I meal prep lunches for the whole week which helps us to make better food choices and not rely on fast food."

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I am a very active and competitive person. I played sports my whole life, and try to continue that trend as much as possible. These days I play fast pitch softball in the spring and summers, and I try to golf as much as I can. My wife and I try to get outdoors as much as possible in the warmer months. Being a PE teacher also allows me to incorporate physical activity into my daily life."

    How about other wellness activities?                                                                                      
    "I try to maintain a healthy balance with all things. I listen to my body, and I take care of myself mentally. I practice stress relief techniques almost daily, and I make sure to take time out for myself and my family. "
    How are you a good role model?
    "I strongly encourage students and staff to be physically active and take care of themselves both mentally and physically. I love to lead my PE classes by example and participate in sports and lifting with them as much as possible. "
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Find a healthy balance in your life. Develop and participate in activities with your family that you all enjoy. Create an active routine and stick with it."
     
     

     

     
     
    February 2017: Jen Gross from Monfort Elementary and McAuliffe STEM AcademyJ Gross

     

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I really try to eat as many whole foods as I can and stay away from processed food. I also prep a lot of my snacks at the beginning of the week. That way I can just grab a couple before I leave in the morning!"

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "On the weekends my husband and I often do some sort of activity outside like hiking or biking. I have also been doing Crossfit for about six months now. I felt that I was really effective with cardio-like activities and wanted to start working on strength."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I always set aside time for myself everyday where I usually sit and read a book. I find that when I do this I am often calmer and less stressed."
    How are you a good role model?
    "I always try to encourage staff members to eat well and exercise. I created a meal plan that I shared with the staff that were interested. We also created a healthy recipe google shared document. Whenever I have some sort of party in my classroom I always have the students bring in healthy snacks. I think it is important for students to realize that you can make healthy foods fun too. We also have a Fit N Fun club that I help run at our school and encourage students to join."
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "Last year I lost thirty pounds while training for the Sprint into Summer 5k. I also did a crazy bike ride in Oregon this summer around Crater Lake. It was about thirty miles and had some extreme elevation changes. One of my first goals related to Crossfit was being able to do a pull up. I have never been able to do a pull up in my life and was really proud of myself when I met that goal a few weeks ago. Another thing that I did this summer was climb my first 14er!"
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "I think the biggest advice I can give is to try to make lifestyle choices. It was not until I made running part of my daily routine that I started losing weight. It is also easier to take baby steps. For example, cut out any sugary drinks for a few weeks and then give yourself another change like eating a set number of vegetables a day. "
     
     
     
     
     
    January 2017: Delia Jimenez Chavez from Bella Romero AcademyDelia

     

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I incorporated healthy eating into my lifestyle by reducing some foods but not eliminating them. Also consuming moderate portions. Eating more fruit and vegetables, reducing sugar drinks, plenty of water. "

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I incorporated physical activity in my busy lifestyle by creating a Zumba workout with my neighbor and we dance 5 times a week."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "Since we do reading with my son after dinner we started to read healthy lifestyle articles."
    How are you a good role model?
    "Encourage physical activity specially Zumba since I love Zumba. Also we started to do the Zumba afterschool program with some of my coworkers."
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I will like to share that I'm so proud of myself since even though I have Thyroid and is hard to lose weight I set a little goal since I started working out to lose some size. And I did I went down from size 13 to size 11 is not a lot of size but a little at a time."
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Is never too late to start a better healthy lifestyle. Don't wait until your not healthy lifestyle is giving you health problems. "
     
     
     
     
     
    December 2016: Cortney Warren from Dos RiosIMG_0625.JPG

     

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I pack a lunch every day with healthy foods and snacks that sustain me throughout the day. I have also learned to make meals at home so I make healthier choices."

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I have joined a gym where I take weekly kickboxing classes. When the weather is nice I enjoy going for hikes in the mountains. I have also made little changes like parking farther away from the front door and taking the stairs."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I surround myself with positive people that lift me up, make me smile, and make me happy. If I feel down or I'm struggling with exercising or healthy eating or life in general, I am able to reach out to these friends and know that they can offer me the encouragement that I need."
    How are you a good role model?
    "I never thought of myself as a role model for wellness and I am truly surprised that someone took notice of the changes I have made in my life. I am always looking for others to join me at the gym or for a hike. The offer is always on the table."
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "There have been two milestones for me the past year and a half. The first was a 9.5 mile hike that I completed in 6 hours. I even got hailed on! The second is I am continuing to better my 5k race time."
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Try to avoid the staff lounge during the holidays! Remembering to give yourself some "me time", whether it's painting, reading, or walking. Enjoy a little something that makes you feel happy."
     
     
     
     
     
    November 2016: Roger Bowman from Administration (Finance)

     

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    bowman

    "I choose foods out of the five health groups building the meal mostly around vegetables. Always including fruits and vegetables and being sure to eat at least five or more daily. I bring my lunch to work almost every day to be sure that I can choose the healthy foods that I like to eat. Each year we grow a large garden at home to be sure we have plenty of vegetables all year long."

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I walk everywhere I can and always take the stairs making sure that I get up from the desk at least once every hour. During my lunch hour I try to walk at least 40-45 minutes, and then after work try to walk another couple miles. If it's too cold outside (below zero) I will go to a local mall and walk around the different stores."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "Drink plenty of water and try to get enough sleep and always monitor or watch my stress levels. I like to participate in as many wellness events that I can each year."
    How are you a good role model?
    "I ask other employees to walk with me and share some experiences with them. I bring to work any extra garden vegetables that we have. I discuss healthy food options with my family."
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I try to participate in at least one 5k each year including the District's Wellness 5k. I log my miles into a daily journal so I can track my miles during the year and set a goal to walk more that 1,000 miles a year. I compare year to year to see if I'm doing better and record some of the different walks that I've been on. So far this year I'm over 1,100 miles of counting my walking miles daily."
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Keep on the move and stay active for a better lifestyle and it will also help you stay healthy and you feel good about yourself."

     

     
     
     
     
     
    October 2016: Bethany Balderrama from Northridge High School

     

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    balderrama

    "I love trying new foods, so trying to find new ways to incorporate different vegetables into meals is fun for me! I've also been lucky enough to have children who love fruits and vegetables so we always try to have a lot of fresh produce available in our house."

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I love a good challenge, so I like to find monthly challenges to give me a focus. I also know my time is a bit limited between work, two young children and keeping my household going, so I try to take advantage of any chance I get to get some movement in. Even if it is a quick walk during a break in the day, it makes me feel so much better and more productive. I also try to stay active with my kids, playing outside, going for walks or having epic dance parties at home."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "Eating well and staying active help me with my mental health as well. Getting out in nature, hiking or going for a long bike ride is the best medicine!"
    How are you a good role model?
    "I invite coworkers to go on walks with me, ask them to join fitness and healthy eating challenges with me and ask them to keep me accountable, which I hope helps them as much as it helps me."
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I completed my first 5k about a year after having my first child. After walking the BolderBoulder 10k last year, I am determined to run it this year. A year after having my second child, I am 30 pounds down from my pre-pregnancy weight. While weight loss is an added benefit, feeling healthy physically and mentally is the best part of my new lifestyle."
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Planning is key. When I take the time to meal plan and shop for healthy options I do so much better at staying on track. I am lucky enough to have support from my husband in scheduling time in to get to the gym, but again it takes time to plan."
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    September 2016: Trisha Baran from Jefferson Jr.

     

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I try my best to stay away from bad choices and during lunch I eat the salad bar. Love our homegrown green peppers!" nut

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "At school I throw the football with the students and walk constantly! After school I try to lift weights and or walk around the block."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I meditate, listen to a variety of music, laugh, read, and enjoy the company of friends and family."
    How are you a good role model?
    "When I am with students, I step back and take time to remember that I was a teenager. I speak with my students to build positive, healthy relationships. They see me eating school lunch and having great conversations."
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    May 2016: Amira Faris from Northridge
    Faris

     

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    "I have not always been a healthy eater but I really try to set a good example for my children and lead by example. I am not perfect so I have my occasional slip ups with unhealthy food choices. I try and stick to an 80/20 lifestyle where I eat healthy at least 80 percent of the time."

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I love working out and lifting weights but I have found recently after having my 3rd child that sometimes getting to the gym is not only impossible but takes more time away from being with my children. I have recently purchased a Fitbit and try and stay as active as possible doing activities that include my children and I am able to track my progress with the Fitbit app."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I am a firm believer that healthy living is much more than working out and eating healthy. I am also smoke and alcohol free."
    How are you a good role model?
    "I organize Fitbit challenges daily/weekly to keep us all moving."
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "My biggest accomplishment is that I am better, faster and stronger than I was the day before. I want to be a good example for my children and for those around me."
     
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Stay active!!! Your body will thank you."
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    April 2016: Carolyn Jones from JeffersonJones
     

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "So many changes! I eat clean, no processed food (or very few). No more than 5 ingredients in a dish. I make sure to get all food groups in every day, and I have never been hungry. No more bread, and no white foods (milk, sugar, flour). I eat vegetarian breakfast and lunch, and the recommended daily amount of white meats for dinner only (cows aren't allowed in my house anymore!)"

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I work out every day. I go to the gym at 3:15 AM and do cardio for 30 minutes and then lift weights for about 30 minutes. After school we started a healthy interests club. We do Cize (hip hop dance workout--it's a lot of fun!) on Mon and Wed, we learned to crochet and meet for that every Tues, on Tues and Thurs I do yoga. I have met with friends to try new healthy activities, like Bikram Yoga (Thanks Lori), surfing over the summer, and challenging myself to 5ks and a 10k with my son and husband. I am starting a new workout...BodyBeast next week."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I stay positive, I promote positivity every day. I try to reduce my stress level whenever I can. I encourage others to join me in my workouts and my weekend prep sessions (preparing clean foods for the week to make eating healthy easier!)"
    How are you a good role model?
    "I try to be a good role model for others by staying positive, and being honest about my wellness journey- it isn't easy. I share my workouts and my prep sessions for the following week. I help others to make their recipes clean. We have had Chef in the Classroom out to show the students how they can eat healthy, and how to cook healthy. And, I continue to challenge myself and those around me to make good choices and to be active!"
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I started last year at this time; I became a beachbody coach and challenged myself to 10 5ks this summer. I hit 10 and kept going! I ran my first 10k with my son and husband. I lowered my blood pressure, my cholesterol and my blood sugar levels. I have won a lot of cool prizes through the district wellness challenges. I am calm and stress-free. I can keep up with my grandchild. I even learned to surf."
     
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Just do it! Challenge yourself! Call me for help!"
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    March 2016: Sandra McClure from Administration 

     

    mcclure How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "We grow and process a great deal of our own vegetables. We culture a lot of them to have probiotics throughout the winter months. We shop organic and have eliminated GMO's from our diet. I pack a lunch each work day plus eat a lot of the 3 musketeer immune boosters- onion, garlic and ginger."
     

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I deep breathe and stretch most mornings, even if just for 15 minutes. I have a favorite manifestation CD that moves me. I make an effort during the hours at my workstation to get up and move around. I either walk the 5 flights of stairs or take 10 minutes on the treadmill in our break room. Most days I walk for 30 minutes of my lunch hour. I live in a town small enough that I can walk or bicycle anywhere I want to go in 30 minutes or less."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I'm good at relaxing and taking time to do the things I enjoy: read, write, create arts and crafts, dance, motorcycle ride, garden, and spend time with family and friends."
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "By staying steady with the lifestyle choices I've made as well as sharing with anyone interested, be it health tidbits, reading materials, food and drink samples, essential oils, etc."
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "Hiked the 14 mile Blue Lake trail my first hike out last summer. Did I have moments I wanted to quit? Yes! Did I think I'd never make it? Yes! But, I did it, and what a beautiful trail it is! One of my favorites." 

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

     "Pay attention to what you eat and learn about the long-term effects of toxins in our commercial food sources. Think about safe and sustainable food, water and air in daily choices you make. Eliminate GMO's. Top on this list is high fructose corn syrup! The current major GMO crops are corn, cottonseed, canola, soy & sugar. If what you purchase isn't organic, it's genetically modified. Eat more organic chocolate!"

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    February 2016Larry Green from Jefferson

     

     

    Green How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I like to eat school lunch, especially the salad bar."
     

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I make it a point to get into the weight room 5 days a week."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I love to play pick-up basketball, golf, fastpitch softball, and flag football"
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "We have a very active staff so we play intermural sports with our students after school so we can relive our glory days!"
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I am working on training for the Tough Mudder Mud Run this summer. If I am going to carry Tom Gribble on my back for any length of time, I had better start training immediately. "

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

     "There is nothing more important than positive self-talk. "Your body hears everything your mind says." Stay positive!"

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    January 2016Randee Shaw from Jefferson

    Shaw


    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    "I have two kids and as other parents know it is easy to go to something fast and easy. However, the fast and easy is not always the healthiest. I cut up a fruit tray every couple of days and that is out with every meal. I do not force myself or my family to eat one fruit in particular, but instead give them options. I also use the weekend to prepare good meals that I will eat throughout the week."
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "Every morning I get up before work and run on the treadmill. I require that I do at least 30 minutes of cardio on the treadmill and then I move on to additional workouts. The additional workouts vary from push-ups, squats and lunges, weights and circuits. And in the evenings, my family often takes walks to get our dogs out and about."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "During the summer I am a swim coach for a local team. I coach 8 and unders and 9-10 year olds. I have been doing this since I was 13 years old. My church has a softball team that I occasionally sub for if I have daycare. And lastly I LOVE SLEEP!! I make sure to get plenty of sleep so that I can function in my personal and work life."
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "I am not sure that I am. I enjoy working with other people so I try to encourage people to lift weights after school or to enjoy walks in the morning and/or after school. I talk with other staff members that I know workout and discuss workouts that they enjoy and I enjoy. I wouldn't say that I am a role model, but instead just a partner in their own fitness goals."
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I just recently completed my first 5k on Thanksgiving. It was the Greeley Turkey Trot. It was so much fun!! I did walk it, but I am excited to run my next one. I have already signed-up for the inflatable 5k that will be at The Ranch in May. And I am continually dropping my time in my workouts. "

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

     "I know it is a cliche, but just do it. Get up and do it. Give it 7 days to become a habit and you'll never look back."

     

     

      

     

     

     
     
     
    May 2015: Lori Cronquist from MeekerCronquist

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    "My husband and I made a conscious decision to change our eating habits about 7 years ago. We try to stay away from packaged food and eat more fresh vegetables and fruit. We do allow ourselves to splurge occasionally."
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I work out at the gym at least 4 times a week. We also have 2 dogs that make us feel guilty if they don't get to take us on a daily walk. Being active helps reduce my stress!"

    How about other wellness activities?
    "We enjoy a balanced lifestyle of work and free time. We enjoy hiking, camping, taking care of the yard and staying active with our adult children's lives. They encourage us to "push" ourselves! I also make sure I build in some "alone" time."
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "I really don't consider myself a role model to other employees. This is a change that anyone can make if they are determined to do it for themselves."
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I lost 50 pounds 7 years ago and have kept it all off!!"

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

     "It's important to be selfish once in a while. We all deserve to take time to do things that we enjoy and need. We all need to be a priority, sometimes."

     

     

      

     

     

     
     
     
     
    April 2015: Lindsay Robinson from Romero K-3 Robinson

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    "I eat lots of vegetables and fruit. I stay away from the processed stuff"
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "Before I became a teacher, I studied exercise science and nutrition, and I worked my way through college as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, so being active is definitely a big part of my life. I love running, lifting weights, and hiking"

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I've come to realize that being more active throughout the entire day is really important to keeping my energy levels, and my happiness, in check. I don't have a chair in my classroom, so that keeps me walking around and engaged with my 3rd graders. I put my computer on a milk crate and oila! Standing Desk! Managing stress is also important for teachers, I like to take long walks or just be outside"
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "I have taught my kids to do squats and lunges and yoga. We have different lesson routines where they get up and move around. They invent body signals for vocabulary words. We even did a literacy unit that focused on news articles about healthy lunches in schools. My kids have really picked up on my passion for health; some parents even mentioned it to me during parent conferences. We still enjoy birthday treats, though, of course!"
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I have completed 6 marathons, I've also climbed the highest and hardest summits in Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming"

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

     "My biggest suggestion is to keep active throughout the entire day; that adds up to more than most people accomplish at the gym. A strong, healthy, happy teacher makes strong, healthy, happy students!"

     

      

     
     
     
     
    March 2015: Laura Hudson from John Evans Hudson

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    "Every morning I have a smoothie, homemade of course, so I know exactly how many oranges, apples, strawberries and mangos go in it. I have salad for lunch with onions, spinach, romaine lettuce, apples, blueberries and raspberries, and lite vinaigrette. For dinner I get a protein of either salmon or grilled chicken, and pair it up with a garden fresh vegetable that I have either just picked from the green house or something that I have put up for winter. I eat granola with yogurt for a snack and a fruit for dessert. I have a young daughter and am teaching her how important it is to eat healthy so she does not have digestive problems that will harm her later in life"
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "Every day is an opportunity for a new activity. As a Physical Education teacher I work with and demonstrate how to do different skills in class all day. As a person I run 2 to 4 miles every morning at 5am with my mom who rides her bike next to me to help keep me at pace. I do at least one 5k run a month and am currently in the middle of a 6 pack series that increases distance every race every two weeks. I have done runs in both Disneyland and Disney World, and did 4 Color runs last year that were amazing and would highly recommend them. I teach water aerobics twice a week during the school year at the warm water pool and another 3 days a week outside during the summer. I do Zumba on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Soccer practice falls on Monday and Thursdays where I coach the 3rd and 4th grade team for their game on Saturday afternoons. Skating comes Saturday morning with my little girl. Then on Sunday after my morning run I rest for the next week's activity."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I volunteer coaching and do room mom duties at our elementary school. I go to church every Sunday and help make and deliver meals for people from church who are having a rough time. We go out to the farm and help my folks clean up every month and every weekend all summer to help plant and harvest the gardens. I visit my two 80 year old grandmas and take them to get their toe nails done so they have something nice to look forward to and get out of their homes. I spend time jumping on the trampoline with my kid or riding our horses or walking the dogs just to make some memories and get some time together. At least once a year we go to Disneyland or Disney World for a vacation and family time together."
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "I live the way I ask them to live. I don't smoke or drink and have never tried any drugs. I go to work, work out, go to church and focus on my family. I encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle and follow up with them to see if I can support them in doing just that. I get my work done as quickly and completely as possible, and have fresh grades in at least once a week. I check in with my students and staff and administration just to see how things are going. If I mess up I do everything I can to fix it and apologize quickly when necessary. I also forgive quickly and try to find the good intention in what people say."
     
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I have done runs in Disney World and Disneyland, I prefer Disneyland you get to run through the park. Last year I did 20 different 5k runs and the Bolder Boulder 10k and Colder Boulder 5k. I did 4 color runs one of them was a black light run all super fun. I am signed up for my 3rd 10 mile bike race to benefit the elderly. I am starting my 6th year of coaching my daughter's team, and my 22 years of coaching other youth teams and high school overall. Growing up I played soccer at the highest levels. I was on the National team from 14 to 18 and played on the Olympic development team. I was all conference in High School and one of the leading scorers at Lakewood High School as a sophomore, and the youngest player there to get a first team all-conference award. I was all conference first team in volleyball and track and went to state in both sports. I played soccer and started as a true freshman for UNC and was all-American there as well as one of the top ten leading scorers of all time. My juggling record is 1463 without the ball touching the ground, it took almost 2 hours. I water skied and snow skied. My whole life has been dedicated to sports and being fit, and now teaching our youth how to be fit so they can compete at any level they want with the right desire, skill and determination."

    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "My advice would be and is that it is never too late to start to be healthy. Get a buddy that you can motivate and one that keeps you motivated and check in with each other often. Take baby steps and if you fall get up and get back on your routine and get going again. Do it for you and be happy, you will feel better after you have accomplished each stem of your goal."

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    February 2015: Kathryn Acosta from CentennialAcosta

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    "I follow a carb cycling meal plan with naturally derived supplements. I also get low carb meal ideas from my Facebook coaching group. Meals are prepared on weekends so I don't have the excuse of "no time" during the week."
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I wear a Fitbit and make sure I get my 10,000 steps each day, however physical activity is something I would like to be more faithful with"

    How about other wellness activities?
    "This is the part I am still trying to build into my schedule. We do go on bike rides and dance to Wii "Just Dance" with my 5 year old, but I've not been consistent."
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "There is a group of people at Centennial that I am coaching into a healthy lifestyle. I also talk to students and their families about foods and habits that are healthy."
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I have lost 60 pounds and 55 inches since August 2014. I reached my goal weight in January of 2015 and continue to maintain my weight and healthy lifestyle choices. Other accomplishments (benefits) include: energy, improved mood and confidence, hormone control, and immune support (no sick days due to illness yet this year). I have a goal of climbing Mt. Princeton this summer as well."

    Any advice for other D6 employees?
     "It's really all about you and your wellness goals. Set high goals, make a plan, commit, find a good coaching group and you will meet your goals too!"
      

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
    January 2015: Nichelle Flynn from MonfortFlynn

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    "I love eating healthy! My husband and I try to eat well as much as we can. We keep our fridge full of fresh fruits and veggies. We also try to make as many meals from scratch as we can to avoid the sugar and salt that comes with pre-packaged meals. Every little choice helps :)."
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I incorporate physical activity into my life by getting up before work to exercise in the mornings. I also take my dog for walks after work. It helps us both get some fresh air and helps me clear away the stress from the work day."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "Aside from working out most days, I also live a healthy lifestyle by going snowshoeing, hiking, camping, canoeing, or other activities in my free time. I also try to keep a balance of work, family, and "me" time. It makes a difference when you get some time to rejuvenate yourself :)."
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "In our office here at Monfort, I'm always talking to people about different recipes I've tried or asking about healthy snacks that other women are eating. We also often discuss current exercise programs that we are all doing. The more we all talk about it, the more we can hold each other accountable. Plus, I love the Wellness Program that we have in this district, so I'm always encouraging other staff members to do the challenges. They help motivate us all to get up and move!"
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "Some accomplishments that I'd love to share would be that I've had the opportunity to hike seven 14ers now (four in one day!). I'm not a very good runner, but I did run the district's 5k last year without stopping to walk at all (that was a big personal goal of mine) and placed 200 out of 800. We'll see what this new year brings as far as more accomplishments to add!"

    Any advice for other D6 employees?
     "My advice would be that every little choice helps. Saying no to a donut is hard in the moment, but so worth it in the end. Getting up early to work out really is tough, but the energy and feeling of accomplishment you get afterwards make you want to do it again the next day! You don't have to eat nothing but celery all day long to live a healthy lifestyle :) it's the choices you make throughout your day that get you the results you are looking for. Plus, it's never too late to change and start living right."
     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     
    December 2014: Danielle Rutz from Romero K-3Rutz

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    "I incorporate healthy eating by only buying fresh produce like spinach, broccoli, spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, and lean proteins such as chicken and tilapia. I meal prep all my breakfast, lunch, and dinners on Sunday so I am prepared and to help me stick with healthy eating."
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "Every morning I attend fitness classes at Work Out West from 5-6am. This helps get my day started."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "At school I will do runner's club with my class and play with them during PE. I also go dancing with friends."
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "I encourage my staff and friends to go to the gym and work out and help them choose healthy eating options and guide them on what to eat and what exercises to do."
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I have completed two 5k's. I have also been training with a professional trainer and am working on being the best me possible."

    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "The hardest part is getting started but once you do you just need to keep going and not give up. Even when you see no change, persevere and see it through because you're becoming a better you!"
     

     

     

     
     
     
     
    October 2014: Cherylynn Dick from Maplewoodcherylynn

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    "I try to eat clean. I plan ahead. I also pack healthy lunches." 
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "We have a workout group afterschool at Maplewood. Come join us! 4pm Tuesday-Friday."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I take time to read and spend time with my loved ones."
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "I am a healthy eater, I enjoy physical activity and I have a positive attitude."
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I have competed in a triathlon, many 5ks and I often run while pushing my two year old twins in the stroller."

    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Drink lots of water daily, come work out with us here at Maplewood, do any kind of movement every day...anything counts, don't be afraid to begin and don't give up...keep moving forward...even if you have a bad day, be kind to yourself, and I love the quote, "We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are"-Max DePree"
     

     

     
     
     
    September 2014: Diane Elkins from TransportationElkins

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    "I incorporate healthy eating into my lifestyle by bringing healthy snacks to work and using my NutriBullet to whip up tasty healthy treats." 
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I have been trying to incorporate physical activity into my lifestyle in a few different ways. I joined Inspire Fitness. Shortly after joining Inspire I invested into a Fitbit, which tracks all of my steps and calories each day. To push myself I started seeing Tyler; a personal trainer at Inspire"

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I feel like I have really taken control of my healthy lifestyle by giving up smoking"
    How are you a good role model?
    "I feel that I am a good role model to other employees because I have a positive attitude. If I have a bad day I don't give up. I know that results come from hard work, and the best thing we can do is try our very best.

    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
     "I have been smoke free for a year and a half, I have reached my 500 mile badge on my Fitbit. Through eating right and gong to the gym I have lost 10 inches. I have more energy and I feel good about where I am and where I am going."

    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Be proud of every little thing you do. No matter how big (running 5 miles) or how small (saying no to a delicious looking cupcake), BE PROUD!
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

    May 2014: Marcia Monroe from FinanceM-Monroe

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I love chocolate but try to limit myself to once a week. Cut out sweets and eat more fruits and vegetables and snack on things that are healthy."

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I'm lucky to have a workout buddy (buddies) that we get together M-F and work-out and meet at a park to walk on Saturdays."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I take the stairs at work, park farther away so I have a little walk. I love to read which relaxes me after a stressful day."
    How are you a good role model?
    "I try to show some will power when there are goodies around. I snack on fruits, veggies and nuts."

    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
     "Our team won the Holiday Weigh Challenge. Participated in Go Gold. Continue to participate in Weigh and Win. Will walk the 5k tomorrow."

    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "I've found it helpful to have a workout buddy to keep me motivated and set small realistic goals"
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    April 2014: Ray Tschillard from Poudre Learning Center

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?R_Tschillard
    "This month as I celebrate another milestone birthday, I have come to realize (with a lot of help from my family) that eating healthy requires a balance, in what I eat, drink and the amount of physical activities I include in my daily routine.Being more aware of what and when I eat is what really helps me to achieve my balance."

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I hate to exercise… but I love to be involved in physical activities.  So I try to combine my physical actions into as much as possible.  Visiting with family and friends is so much more enhanced on a walk than sitting around in the living room.  A bike ride to the Poudre Learning Center in the morning is such a great way to start my day."

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I am fortunate to be surrounded by creative, curious learners, both at home and at the Poudre Learning Center which are constantly challenging me to improve my work/ life balance.  As passionate Environmental Science Educators it is very easy to over extend ourselves at the PLC.  We all are striving to be at that work /life balance which will allow us to continue our passion in getting kids to investigate the outdoors."
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "My wife, Debbie and daughter, Amber are such great role models and mentors of healthy living habits for me at home, that I just try to reflect their encouragement and advise to the staff and visitors to the Poudre Learning Center. The folks at the PLC are all great at encouraging healthy eating habits by bringing fresh fruits or whole food meals or snacks. As a PLC team, we all try to participate in the Greeley Schools Health Fair and compete in the Weigh Off challenge over the holidays."
     Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "Helping to provide a positive environment and great learning experiences for the staff and visitors to the Poudre Learning Center is also at the top of my list of healthy living accomplishments."
    Any advice for other D6 employees?

    "I can still hear my late Mother telling me, ‘Get up and get outside”. Very sound advice for us all.  Get out and take a few deep breathes by the river, feel the sun on your face and soon your stress will be soothed by the sounds of nature around you.  Make an effort to immerse yourself in nature more than you are in technology.  Find activities you like to do outdoors with family and friends like gardening, fishing, hiking, biking or even volunteering at the Poudre Learning Center.  You will find you’ll know more about who you are when you know more about where you live, work and play. "

     

     


    March 2014: Karen Giesler from FranklinGiesler


    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I’m a firm believer in “eating clean”. I eat minimal processed or packaged food and I incorporate whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meat into my meals. I started eating this way when a figure competitor friend of mine showed me an “Eat Clean” book by Tosca Reno. I now have 3 of her cookbooks!"

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "Physical activity has been a part of my daily lifestyle for the last 10 years...since I started running. Right now, I’m rehabbing plantar fasciitis in my left foot, but I usually workout in the mornings with a variety of activities. I am starting to be able to run a little bit again, I do group fitness classes like cycling to increase my cardio endurance for running and I lift weights about 2-3 times per week."
     

    How about other wellness activities?
    "I try to live a balanced lifestyle…I know I can’t workout and eat perfect all the time, so I try to remember to enjoy life. I also remember to relax and make sure to have “me” time when I can recover and just embrace life."

     

     
    How are you a good role model?

    "I try to be a good role model by example. I don’t drink sugary drinks (I don’t even like them actually) in front of students. I consistenly pack my lunch and drink my water religiously. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a student find my water bottle and bring it to me because I might “dehyrdrate."

     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "My biggest accomplishment to date is running the Boston Marathon in 2013.  Runners have to qualify for the marathon, so it was a goal I had been working on for about 3 years.  I ran the Twin Cities marathon to qualify and then I finished the Boston Marathon in a time of 3:22:25, a PR for me.  My goal for the year is to run the Boulder Marathon and also complete my personal trainer certification."
     
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "My biggest advice to other D6 employees is to eat healthy and incorporate whole (unprocessed) foods as much as possible. Ninety percent of how you feel and look is based on your diet and many healthy and medical needs could be eliminated by just controlling what you eat."

     

     

     
     
     
    February 2014: Elizabeth Olsen from Winograd
     
     

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

     

     
    E Olsen "I believe it is important to have a well-balanced diet. I focus on eating lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as eating lots of protein and healthy fats like nuts and avocados. I pack all my snacks for the work-week on Sunday so they are easy to grab. This helps me make smart choices throughout the week and not grab foods that are unhealthy to snack on."
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I love to work out, but in a busy schedule, I do not have hours to spend in the gym. I start my day off with 30 minutes of cardio and strength training. I end the day by walking our dog.  Any time we get a chance to be outdoors, we love to hike, snowshoe, or ski."
     
     
     
    How about other wellness activities?

    "I believe it is important to get lots of sleep, spend time with those who you most enjoy, and partaking in activities that you delight in."

     
    How are you a good role model?

    "I try to always have a positive attitude and speak encouraging words over others.  I want staff and students to know that I care about all areas of their lives and always have a listening ear available." 

     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

    "I have climbed several 14ers and participated in a number of 5k and 10k runs." 

     

    Any advice for other D6 employees?

    "Consistency over time yields results.  It’s easy to try something that is challenging and give up.  Stick with it and eventually you will reap wonderful results!"

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    January 2014: Stella Torres from JacksonS Torres
     
     

    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    "I eat very little red meat and try to eat my veggies and fruit each day. I cook with little fat and mostly bake or grill my food. I limited sugary and white flour food in my diet."

     

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "I try to walk at least 2 miles a day by walking down the hallway at work, or parking far from the stores to get in my walk."
     
     
    How about other wellness activities?

    "I do not smoke or drink alcohol. I try to get plenty of rest and avoid stress as much as possible.  I do not drink sodas or sugary drinks only water and coffee."

     
    How are you a good role model?

    "I bring mostly healthy snacks to share. I encourage students to eat healthy especially to eat breakfast. I share healthy recipes with my co-workers."

     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

    "I have never run any marathon races, and don’t ride a bike anymore, but what I have done is brought down my cholesterol from 355 to under a 100 and my glucose level by half."

     

     

     
    Any advice for other D6 employees?

    "Keep a smile on your face cause it takes more energy to frown than to smile." 

     
     
     
     
    December 2013: Megan Schwien from WinogradM Schwien
     
     
    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?

    ·        "I try to set myself up for success. I cook all of my lunches and dinners for the week every Sunday.

    ·         Protein = power!!

    ·         Fruits and veggies are my go-to snacks.

    ·         I also keep “moderation” in mind."

    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "Exercise is the best medicine for me! It is built into my schedule and I do not allow myself to miss workouts. I plan them out week by week and stick to the plan. NO excuses."
     
     
    How about other wellness activities?
    "My lifestyle is built around health. I try to be very conscious of what exercises and movement I do with my body and what I fuel my body with. Being healthy makes me happy."
     
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "In our class, we do brain breaks frequently. This definitely helps them (and me) get reenergized and allow our bodies to do work, not just our minds. We also talk about healthy food options. Many discussions are about the lifestyles that we choose to have, which naturally leads us to talking about healthy choices we get to make. My students really get involved—my favorite is when they tell me that they chose an apple over candy, or that they started adding veggies to their dinners as a family."
     
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

    ·        " I have completed many half marathons (8 I think), and one full marathon.

    ·         I have participated in a couple of sprint triathlons.

    ·         Recently, I have done two local CrossFit competitions (for rookies)."

     
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Making small changes, one at a time, has really helped me. Pick a few things to work on and stick to them. For example, focus on drinking more water, trying to run a certain time or distance without stopping, or holding a plank for a specific amount of seconds. Then, set goals to improve on your tasks. In the end, the goal should be living a healthy lifestyle, not just quick fixes."
     
     
     
     
    November 2013: Darlene James from MeekerD James
     
    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    "Eating lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, and some good carbs are my daily meal goals. I do believe that we need to also allow ourselves to have a few treats along the journey."
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?
    "It is my goal to exercise at least one hour a day, six days a week. It takes exercise and diet together to stay healthy. Each day is a new opportunity to get it right and feel good about ourselves."
     
    How about other wellness activities?
    "Prayer, my faith, a great family, incredible friends, the gift of music, awesome staff at school, and rest help me view life with the sunny side up!"
     
    How are you a good role model?
    "I believe we are capable of being and doing so much more than we think is possible. Together we provide strength, suppot, and possibilities for each other. I hope I am a support for the other staff members at my school and encourage my students to strive for their very best."
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?
    "I feel like a winner evey time I finish a workout or a race even when I see the heels or the bike wheels of all the other competitors in front of me."
     
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "Every day is an opportunity to start a new habit. The hardest part of exercise is getting your tennis shoes on your feet and taking the first step. It is about taking one step at a time and celebrating the small accomplishments that keep us going forward."
     
     
     
     
    October 2013: Irene Ochoa from Nutrition Services
     
    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle?
    I Ochoa
    "I try to have healthy snacks available as much as possible.  I have cut carbs in my diet by at least 50%.  I have also created a couple of habits to snack on fruits and veggies before dinner while I am cooking and have them available for my children as well.  I also stop eating when I am full…I save my leftovers for another meal!"
     
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle?

    "I try to walk and exercise daily or at least 3-4 times per week." 

     
    How about other wellness activities?

    "I find myself keeping busy with housework and having a second part-time weekend job." 

     
    How are you a good role model?

    "My youngest son and I enjoy going for a walk and bike ride.  He likes riding his bike while I walk. I make sure to have healthy snacks available for my son and his cousin before and after football practice.  I also enjoy and try to join as many D6 wellness challenges available.  I encourage my coworkers and my son to join any challenges as well and I believe it keeps us all motivated!"

     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share?

    "I had never joined a 5k/race before the District started hosting theirs.  I enjoyed the first one so much I have walked and completed both with my daughter!  My husband and I have created a new lifestyle for our family and we both have lost 20+ lbs since June 2013 and feel great!"

     
    Any advice for other D6 employees?
    "I encourage anyone to change their lifestyle and become a healthy role model!  It’s fun and rewarding not to mention HEALTHY!  I also believe that treating yourself to enjoy what you like is okay just get yourself  back on track soon!"
     
     
     
     
    September 2013: Rachal Walsh from MonfortR Walsh  
     
    How do you incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle? "I try to have lots of fruits and vegetables available to eat. If I don't have junk food in the house I am not tempted to eat it. But, I do like to treat myself! I just don't over do it. We try to eat meals together as a family and always have a fruit and/or vegetable included in the meals."
     
    How do you fit physical activity into your lifestyle? "I find being active is a great stress reliever! Sometimes all you need is a good sweat to put you in a better mood! I follow a lady online who does work outs at home and posts them online and some are only 15 minutes long and I am dripping sweat when done! Everyone has at least 15 minutes!"
     
    How about other wellness activities? "I have 2 daughters and like for them to be active. We like to take our dog for walks, help wash our cars in the driveway, help in the yard. I think getting plenty of sleep is a MUST to stay healthy."
     
    How are you a good role model? "I like to participate in local races. Our family did the Sprint into Summer 5k race put on by the school district and we all had a blast! I also like to try new recipes and my girls love to help in the kitchen and bake with me."
     
    Any accomplishments you would like to share? " I completed my first full marathon in May! It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life but after accomplishing this event I feel anything you put your mind to, you can accomplish!"
     
    Any advice for other D6 employees? "You don't need an expensive gym membership to get in shape and stay in shape! And nothing drastic needs to be done. Making little changes in your lifestyle will most likely stick in the long haul. Try new things!"