by Ranee Alison, M.A.
At a time when most people are either rushing around with a holiday to-do list, or searching online to find the best deals, I was given the most unexpected gift. This gift did not come in a wrapped box, nor did it come from someone who knows me well. As the gift was revealed to me, I stood rooted in place, and speechless. There was a lump in my throat as I realized, “What I take for granted, has changed someone’s life for the better.”
But I’m getting ahead of the story here; allow me to share from the beginning. I am a health educator for South Bay Pain & Wellness and San Pedro Pain & Wellness. Back in early September, Dr. Misa Zaker asked me to offer corporations in the Torrance and San Pedro areas a free health program. He felt implementing a wellness challenge at local corporations would help HR Directors with an on-going issue – decreasing employee health risks. Not knowing the ultimate effect we would have on employee morale and individual results, we designed a program to educate, inspire, and motivate.
Teledyne Relays in Hawthorne quickly became one of my favorite stops for Lunch & Learns and weekly weigh-ins. This friendly group of hard-working employees was surprised to discover the importance of support from co-workers, family, friends, and health professionals. When choosing to live a healthier lifestyle, little changes make a big difference. At the awards ceremony to announce the winners of the 6-week challenge, the Teledyne Teams were surprised to learn the 35 people who participated lost a total of over 100 pounds!
This takes us to the moment when I was given the amazing gift. During the challenge, I taught the participants about water intake, burning calories, meal modification, necessary sleep, the importance of therapeutic massage, and how breathing helps us control stress in our body. A female employee approached me to tell me her doctor wanted to know what she had recently changed, because her high blood pressure had improved greatly. It was because of a simple breathing exercise I had taught her!
The gift I received was the improved health of the individuals I set out to educate. I know I gave them all a priceless holiday gift, but what they gave me was the reminder of how we can all positively affect someone’s life with our knowledge and experience. Stay healthy this holiday season!
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