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Posted on June 2nd, 2021 in Individual Resources

Learn how MIIA members use the wide variety of wellness programs, online and in-person, to choose activities that best fit their lifestyles and also help them meet and maintain their individual health and wellness goals.

Elaine Doherty, who works in Woburn’s public school system, is a go getter and accepts every challenge she encounters with vigor and dedication. Last year Elaine went to donate blood but was not allowed to as her heart rate at 120 beats per minute was too high. The American Red Cross guidelines for blood donations are pulse rates not greater than 100 and not less than 50. Fast forward to this year and Elaine’s heart rate was 66, her blood pressure was low, her iron level was up to 15.6 and she was able to donate blood. How did she do it? Read The Power of Accepting Challenges with Vigor.

Amidst a pandemic, essential employees at the Taunton Municipal Light Plant in Taunton, MA, decided to tackle their 2020 quarantine weight gain with an 8-week weight loss challenge. The challenge, developed organically by the participants, was a big success with 15 employees registering a total weight loss of over 92 pounds. Two participants were awarded cash prizes of $150 dollars, one for the most pounds lost and the other for the biggest percentage of weight loss. Learn more by reading Pandemic Pounds Weight Loss Challenge.

Jen Clune, an employee with the Dartmouth school system reached a personal goal with the help of the Town of Dartmouth’s MIIA wellness program. She shed over 45 pounds over the past year. As a result, she reports many positive changes such as feeling better, more energy, feeling proud that she achieved a personal goal, and enjoying more physical activity. Read more about her story.

Cheryl Gallaugher, a special education teacher with the Nashoba Regional School District, began a fitness and healthy living journey several years ago that has led her to not only better health (she lost 50 pounds and no longer takes any prescription medications) but opened the door to new activities and experiences. Read her inspiring story.