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Go Red Corporate Challenge Update

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

With the Go Red Corporate Challenge entering its final weeks, we wanted to catch up with some of our First Source staff members who have been setting healthy eating habits, exercising more, and tracking their results. Today, we’re checking in with Michael Orsomarso about what he’s learned.

goredMike“So far the Challenge has taught me a lot about my personal eating/health habits.  While I thought I was eating healthy for a long time prior to beginning the Challenge, I learned that my mentality of what exactly “healthy” meant was a little skewed.  I have since changed my eating habits to incorporate more natural and truly healthy foods instead of what I was eating before:  Greek Yogurt with Kashi vs. Regular Lowfat Yogurt with Special K, baby spinach and peppers with eggs vs. turkey bacon with eggs, etc.  While whole wheat bread may be good for you, there are better alternatives and differences from one brand to another, such as the amount of sugar in the loaf.  One brand of “whole wheat” bread may have more added sugar and high fructose corn syrup than another.  I compare labels and make sure I know what most of the ingredients are, and watch for ones that I can’t even pronounce.  Overall, the Challenge so far has definitely forced me to take a double-look at my eating habits and the foods that I eat.  This is definitely something and a standard that I will hold myself to even after the Challenge has officially ended.”

 

Dan Haggerty’s Go Red Corporate Challenge Goals

Saturday, April 13th, 2013
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Dan Haggerty – Senior Underwriter

Why did you sign up for the Challenge?
To carry on the good practices I’ve learned from our past Challenges and to learn new practices. Great to share in the positive energy we have too!

What do you plan to focus on in the next 8 weeks?
Eating heart healthy!

What do you hope to accomplish?
Striving to be the best I can be for those around me, and to set a positive example for my family!

Brenda Rogowski’s Goals for the Go Red Corporate Challenge

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

brendarogowskiWhy did you sign up for the Challenge?
I signed up because good nutrition and health are very important to me.   I want to set a good example for my daughter who is 5 years old so that she starts off life with healthy eating and exercise habits.

What do you plan to focus on in the next 8 weeks?
I ate a pretty healthy diet before the challenge.  I am a vegetarian and eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains already, but I don’t make time to exercise as often as I’d like to.  I am trying to do more at home but I am also entertaining the possibility of joining a gym or taking group exercise classes.

I’m not sure if you would see it as related to this challenge, but I have set a goal to floss at least once a day and follow with Listerine rinse.  I have never had a strong flossing habit, and I have heard that it can impact heart health.  I want to do it to prevent cavities, as a heart health preventative and to set a better example for my daughter.

What do you hope to accomplish?
I hope create a daily flossing habit and find a way to build cardio workouts into my exercise routine on a regular basis.

Sue Maxam on the Go Red Corporate Challenge

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
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Sue Maxam
First Source Financial Service Representative

I signed up for the Go Red Corporate challenge not only because First Source is a wonderful sponsor but also because I am passionate about GO RED!!!

I myself had rheumatic fever when I was a child, heart disease runs in my family and I want to be sure that I am here to watch my grandchildren grow. Not only to be a part of their lives but to be a women that is a healthy and strong example for them. The Corporate Challenge has encouraged me to drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables and walk, walk, walk!!! Thankfully so far I have lost 12 pounds and feel great! Thank you First Source for making me First!!!

Jessie Sherman talks about her involvement with the Go Red Corporate Challenge

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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Jessie Sherman

Why did you sign up for the Challenge?

For years, only a handful of times, I would feel my heart rate speed up.
It would come at random times and without warning. I later learned these were heart palpitations. They would only last a couple minutes and I always just assumed it was an anxiety or panic attack. I had never
spoken to my doctor about it since it was so infrequent. In November
of 2012, I was actually hospitalized because of the heart palpitations
with my heart rate peaking at 235 (normal heart rate is between 60-100).

I was diagnosed with Supra Ventricular Tachycardia, or SVT. This is a heart arrhythmia where the heart beats at a very rapid pace. While this is not a life threatening condition at my current age of 25, as I get older and things don’t work the same, it could create a whirl wind of health problems. After being on prescriptions for months, two cardiologists recommended having a procedure done called a catheter ablation. With this, catheters with heated tips cauterize, or burn, the affected tissue that causes the palpitations. I actually had the surgery March 12th and I have never felt better! I signed up for the challenge because more than ever, I feel like I am an advocate, being a woman with a heart condition. I think it is extremely important for women to have regular check-ups and know that anything to do with the heart is not
minor!

What do you plan to focus on in the 8 week period?
The 8 week challenge for me is just a chance to get healthy – to eat right and to exercise as often as possible. With the surgery being the second week into the challenge, this is a little difficult at the moment but I cannot wait to get back on the saddle. My co-workers have noticed my clothes fitting a little bigger which is a huge compliment to me!

What do you hope to accomplish?
At the end of the challenge, I hope to just feel better about myself overall. I wouldn’t mind going down in my weight, but how much I weigh doesn’t matter nearly as much to me as how I feel day to day and in my own skin.

Alisa Longo talks about the Go Red Corporate Challenge

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
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Alisa Longo, First Source Member Service Representative

Our Member Service Representative Alisa Longo sits down to talk about what the Go Red Corporate Challenge means to her, as well as what her expectations are for the next eight weeks and beyond.

Why did you sign up for the Challenge?
I Signed up for the challenge so I really had motivation
to push myself to start eating a little better and also to motivate
myself to go to the gym every single day. Now that our whole branch
is a part of the challenge we all motivate each other so that’s really helpful.

What do you plan to focus on in the next 8 weeks?
During this 8 weeks I plan to focus mostly on what I eat. We constantly
have fruit in the branch (and I love fruit!) so I have been eating at least 3
servings of fruit every day. Also, vegetables were never a big part of my daily
diet, but when I see it written down on paper I looked at it and I was like wow,
I really need more vegetables in my diet! I am also focusing on drinking a lot
of water, I constantly have a cup with me all day long and sometimes I add a
little lemon to it. Also, going to the gym has always been a part of my daily
routine, but every now and then I have my lazy days, or even lazy weeks…
tracking this on paper for anyone to see is good motivation to really force
myself to get there every day, even after my longest days.

What do you hope to accomplish?
After this challenge is over what I hope to accomplish is to start being
more conscious of the food I am eating every day, and make sure that my body
is getting everything it needs to be as healthy as possible. I am hoping to turn
this challenge into more than a competition, I hope to turn this into a lifestyle.
And I am very happy with the results I’ve been seeing from going to the gym every day, so I’m going to do my best to keep that up!








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