PHOTO CAPTION: John Jakubowski, a special education teacher at the Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School, and Linda Court, an administrative assistant, each won free health insurance for a year.
Glendale Heights – Employees at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital celebrated the end of their “Healthy You” program the same way they started it - by supporting each other and vowing to make smart choices in the months to come.
John Jakubowski, a special education teacher at the Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School, and Linda Court, an administrative assistant, were named the top winners at the ceremony held on Friday, May 4. Each won free health insurance for a year, valued at more than $1,200 per person. But Jakubowski and Court weren’t the only winners.
Healthy You was a 16-week employee health and wellness program designed to promote lasting, healthy lifestyle changes through diet, nutrition and exercise that ran from January to May 2012.Since Healthy You started in January, more than 120 hospital employees lost more than 600 pounds.
“When I think back to September and October, I was not a happy person,” said Court after accepting her prize. “This program changed my life.”
Bruce C. Christian, chief executive officer of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, said he was proud of Court, Jakubowski and all employees who participated.
“As caregivers ourselves, we share a responsibility to set a good example for our patients with our activities, nutrition and lifestyle choices,” he said. “Today, we celebrate all of them and their tremendous success.”
The hospital’s program focused not only on weight loss but also on being healthy. Popular sessions included yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, boot camp and Zumba as well as educational sessions about diabetes, food labels, nutrition, heart health, immunization, maintaining a healthy balance and hormonal causes of weight gain.
Adventist GlenOaks Hospital also hosted food demonstrations, implemented free screenings and had motivational speakers such as NBC's Biggest Loser show contestants Jerry and Estella Hayes, to encourage participants to focus on their overall health. All this came at no cost to participants.
“From the very beginning, our employees totally embraced this program,” said Kim Stricker, a hospital quality and patient safety associate who oversaw the program. “Every day I heard people talking about healthy choices in the halls or during lunch. And this is just the beginning. Our program encourages permanent lifestyle changes rather than temporary fixes that don’t last.”
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Media contact: Sheila Galloro, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Sheila.Galloro@ahss.org; 630-856-235.