Terry Fernandez, An AhealthyU Success Story
AhealthyU offers faculty and staff programs and tools to achieve their health and fitness goals including health screenings, diet and nutrition programs, and group exercise classes. It is important that you also have regular check-ups with your primary care physician to evaluate your health and make recommendations that suit your individual needs.
In the last 18 months, OIT Senior Director of Customer Services & Support, Terry Fernandez, has undergone a lifestyle and physical transformation to become healthier.
“I have a chronic health condition, and in January 2013, I had a health scare that affected my ability to walk. It was very scary to think that the effects could be permanent and I felt that it was finally time to focus on myself,” Terry explains. Terry set a goal of losing 50 pounds, and selected a doctor-supervised program that restricted calories, stressed eating well-balanced, all-natural whole foods, drinking lots of water, keeping a food diary, and exercising six times a week. By July 2013, she had lost 50 pounds and revised her goal to lose an extra 10 pounds.
“I’ve kept off 60 pounds for over a year and I went from a size 16 to a size 6,” Terry says. “I regularly receive compliments from folks who I haven't seen in a while saying that I look 10 years younger. I have more confidence and energy to keep up with my active family – my husband, two sons, and dog.”
“I’m committed to maintaining my healthy weight by eating well and exercising, but I still allow myself to indulge in special treats on occasion. I just exercise a little more and eat a little less to compensate for it.” Fernandez also participates in AhealthyU's health assessments and gets her annual flu shot. “AhealthyU piloted a walking/fitness program with OIT last year that also helped to make being more active fun,” Terry points out.
“You have to carefully select the time when you embark on a journey to focus on your health and well-being, as it has to be the right time for you. You have to be mentally prepared and committed to seeing it through, as it takes work.”
To share your success story of a lifestyle change that has helped you to become healthier and happier, please submit your story online at http://www.american.edu/hr/AhealthyU/Success-Stories.cfm.
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