Claudia Fox, Capital Purchasing
Tell us about your Wellness Superhero journey.
Like most of us, I struggle to get the desired results for healthy weight loss. But I am proud of my efforts to achieve optimum health. I have had a couple of challenges along the way, but maintaining a high level of physical activity has helped me manage and even exceed these challenges.
What inspired you to get healthy and stay healthy?
I live to dance, so everything I do ensures I can continue my greatest joy. I have had a minor setback with a heart issue, and I think my cardiologist didn't believe my stated level of activity (I dance 4 nights a week, plus gym workouts and Cone Health classes peppered in). When I "smoked" his stress test, he said "I believe you, Ms. Fox - see you in six months and PLEASE KEEP DANCING!"
Tell us which Cone Health Wellness program you participated in.
I am currently a patient at the Cone Healthy Weight and Wellness Center. I am determined to get beyond metabolic and hormonal issues and achieve optimal wellness. I have also participated in Healthy Weight classes, Cone Heart Walk and group exercise classes like Zumba and Gentle Barre - there are so many opportunities here that I am grateful to have available!
Are there activities or hobbies you now participate in that you didn’t before?
Joni Garrett leads us in a weekly "Movement Break" at our offices on Summit. Everyone loves the workouts, but Joni was unable to add another day to the week, so I lead another session. I enjoy encouraging my co-workers in their wellness journey, but the time spent working out with them helps me tremendously as well both physically and mentally.
Have your doctor, family, friends and co-workers provided support along the way? If so, how?
Everyone has encouraged me and I like to keep others motivated as well. I have a great team of doctors that keep me moving healthfully; dance friends to support and cheer me on and co-workers that keep me going by looking to me for leadership as well as motivating me to keep showing up.
If you could say one thing to other employees to inspire them, what would you say?
Pick one thing and get started! If you don't take time for your wellness, you will be forced to take time for your illness. And there are so many options available at Cone and so many people rooting for you, success is yours!