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April 2020

Introducing the Better U Program Series

April 1, 2020

Chapter #1 - Transforming Overall Heart-Health 

Any time is a good time to be a better you. Though this program did not originate while knowing a pandemic was about to overtake our lives, perhaps there’s never been a better time to focus on oneself than during this time of quarantine. We’ll get to the stay-at-home part of the challenge soon enough but for now let’s start at the beginning.

First Source is proud to be a part of the American Heart Association’s Better U Program. From 60 submissions, 12 local women were selected to take part in the 10-week program. Our very own Lynne O. is one of them and we couldn’t be prouder. We will be following Lynne along her journey with regular check-ins to share the tips she learns along the way. The program encompasses all aspects of heath which include a nutritionist, physical trainer, wellness coach and more.

When speaking with Lynne, you can feel her emotions. A little apprehension, a lot of gratitude, and excitement for what’s in store.

Her goal for wanting to be a part of the program was to take an educated approach to her well-being. Lynne, like so many has been busy taking care of, and being strong for others. In doing so, she has not been able to take care of herself. Her husband and mother have had challenges that take much of Lynne’s focus. In addition, her mother recently underwent open heart surgery. Lynne has struggled with weight and felt that now was the time to finally focus on her self-care. This opportunity was just the catalyst Lynne needed. "My mom has inspired me to be the best I can,” said Lynne.

Prior to the government mandated COVID-19 health restrictions, we joined Lynne at the program kick off where she met program participants and got a better understanding of the program and expectations. After a healthy meal and lots of water a nurse took their baseline weight and blood pressure, for something to measure against as they progress. The women met their trainer, nutritionist, and wellness coach. They provided information on their current eating habits so that recommendations could be made, got their gym schedule and learned some exciting news. “They told us that upon program completion we would each receive a one-year paid membership to Accelerate Sports Complex”, said Lynne. “I was over the moon. That was an instant motivator for me.” Lynne has also already been challenged to increase water intake and add three fruits and vegetables daily.

The women joined a closed Facebook Group to share information and for program support. Lynne said, “I’m happy to be meeting these women and know I am not alone on this journey.”

We will be following Lynne along her journey with regular check-ins to share the personal tips she discovers along the way. Stay tuned for the next chapter of our Better U Program Series!

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Kicking Off the Better U Program

April 8, 2020

Chapter #2 - First Steps On a New Journey

Before COVID-19 broke across our state and nation, and health mandates were put in place, the Better U Program began in the gym. Lynne and her fellow participants took their first steps toward a heart-healthy lifestyle at Accelerate Sports Complex.

The first group workout was scheduled, and Lynne took it upon herself to go days in advance. “I walked the track and spent time on the bike and elliptical. I wanted to take some initiative and feel prepared.”

On gym day, the trainer was wonderful. He explained the exercises and kept them moving. They did short to moderate timed stints on the bike and rowing machine with interspersed laps on the stairs or held plank position. They had partners which Lynne said was helpful for encouragement and support. One thing that surprised Lynne and inspired her was the youth sports that take place at Accelerate Sports Complex, where she is attending the work outs. “Being at Accelerate, we see kids practicing and playing all kinds of sports which for me is inspiring,” Lynne said. “Children and adults of all ages are pursuing their passion and dreams. Their hard work and dedication is admirable. If they can do it, I can do it. I push harder and try to do a little more each time.” Lynne added, “The staff is incredible. They love what they do and it shows with every lesson and class. They’re professional and educated, and it is a privilege to use their sports complex facility.”

Lynne is dedicated and making the effort. She is going to the gym each night and completing daily routines. “First Source and the AHA believe in me and I want to do the best job. I don’t want to waste this opportunity,” Lynne added, “I’m learning the program, equipment, the nutrition and about myself. I’m taking the program seriously. It’s challenging and a little scary but exciting. I feel uplifted and motivated, and Iook forward to seeing how far we’ll progress and what we’ll all achieve. I’m sincerely grateful for this opportunity.”

We will be following Lynn on her health journey, and will be posting updates as this 10-week challenge progresses. Stay tuned for the next chapter of our Better U Program Series!

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