Robert Tastet, SW Offsite Supply Chain
What inspired you to get healthy and stay healthy?
I have been pre-diabetic since 2006 and had been able to keep my A1C down through diet and activity. Until 2017, I was able to lose around 6 pounds but it became more difficult and my health numbers were creeping in the wrong direction.
Which Cone Health wellness programs did you take part in?
I took part in the Diabetes Prevention Program first because I wanted a new approach with some support and encouragement. I also started personal training sessions one day a week.
Are there activities or hobbies you now take part in that you didn’t before?
After signing up for personal training with Cone Health Health. Fitness Specialist Joni Garrett gave me some exercises I could do a home with special equipment. I was able to develop and maintain more of these stretching and exercise habits at home. I also had a goal of being able to water ski again by the summer. I was a competitive water skier and it was discouraging when 6 years ago I couldn’t hold onto the tow rope to get get up. Last summer, I was able to water ski for the first time since the 80’s. I've started to enjoy challenging myself rather than it feeling like work. My wife and I also started spending more time on the family farm working on projects outside, which helps our movement goals.
Have your doctor, family, friends, and co-workers provided support along the way?
Absolutely. My doctor would encourage me at each visit. He let me know of all the positive trends in my health numbers with a big smile and encouragement. My family, especially my wife, provided support along the way as we worked to develop healthier eating habits. At one point, we had a “purging party” and removed unhealthy foods form our cabinets. We try new recipes using healthier options. Wellness Coordinator Megan Norriss encouraged me to move more and and balance my diet.
If you could say one thing to other employees to inspire them, what would you say?
"KEEP TRYING. DON’T GIVE UP."
There will likely be ups and downs, and there will be challenges. There is always a new opportunity for small positive changes ini front of you. Just take it one step at a time.