Real Participants. Real Results.
Each of these Trust participants came to LiveWell programs a different way. But what they have in common is the difference new healthy habits have had on their wellbeing and quality of life.
Jerry Guenther, LiveWell Health Coaching
For Trust participant Jerry Guenther, receiving positive reinforcement from a LiveWell Health Coach was the key to creating new healthy habits for retirement and beyond.
“I believe good information empowers people to make the best decisions,” says Jerry. For him,the information received during his Health Coaching calls reinforced recommendations given by his doctors about diet and other lifestyle choices, while also helping him become a more informed patient and advocate for himself and his family.LiveWell Health Coaches are available to offer support and encouragement for a range of issues we all face in life, such as getting enough exercise, developing strategies around healthy eating and managing stress. Support is available to help you make big changes or just refine your habits. No need to find time in your busy schedule or try to schedule calls yourself. Health Coaches schedule calls at times that work for you, at a frequency that keeps you motivated.
“I never felt forgotten,” says Jerry. “I never had to pursue my coach and they were flexible. If they called at an inconvenient time for me we made arrangements for a more convenient time.
Today, Jerry is seeing the results of his work with his health coach. His family is now reading the labels on all food – which changed their purchases and diets. Reflecting on other takeaways from the program, Jerry says, “Education is empowering. Reminders are reinforcing, motivating and encouraging.”
What changes are you looking to make? Positive support works for people of all ages and can be a great way to build new habits. LiveWell Health Coaches are here to help you and your family transition to a new, healthy lifestyle.
LiveWell Health Coaching is completely confidential, open to all eligible participants and spouses, 18 years of age or older, and is provided by StayWell, an independent health management service provider. Visit www.soundhealthwellness.com to learn more and find out how to get started.
Peter Gemma, LiveWell Health Coaching
For many of us, the hard part about making a change is creating a new routine. For Trust participant Peter Gemma, 57, a health coach served as a guide for him to make lasting changes to his life.
Peter’s coach helped him recognize his personal challenges and put in place new ways of approaching them.“What I realized is ‘I don’t feel like it’ isn’t a valid excuse,” he said.
For Peter, working with a health coach helped him add in more exercise and better food choices and encouraged him to go to routine medical appointments so he can stay on top of health concerns. His coach helped him stay focused on how to stay well, stop any health issues before they become problems, and adopt new, healthier habits.
Today, Peter says he notices right away if he loses focus, and has seen that variations in his routine can make staying on top of his diet and exercise plan a challenge.
“I just got back from a family wedding and I wasn’t perfect,” he laughs. “But I feel better if I stay on top of things. My advice to others: don’t ignore the signs that you need to make a change.”
If you want to make healthy changes to your routines, the Trust is here to help. Call (877) 362-9969 and select option 3 to find out more and sign up for LiveWell Health Coaching. You'll receive personalized telephone support and encouragement as you work toward your health goals.
Dale Johnson, Quit for Life
For Dale Johnson of Shoreline, the support of LiveWell Quit for Life came after an event in his life encouraged him to make a change. Read on for his story.
For Dale Johnson of Shoreline, the support of LiveWell Quit for Life came after a scary event in his life: in August of 2015, he had a heart attack and spent four days in the hospital. Johnson, a father of three, recently retired from Sugar Mountain Capital as a facility manager, where he worked for 13 years. Once he was home and healing, he signed up for Quit for Life through the Sound Health & Wellness Trust. “It was a wake-up call,” says Johnson.Having the support of his Quit Coach, plus access to tobacco cessation medication, was crucial to Johnson’s success. His Quit Coach provided encouragement and tools to cope with cravings, but his family—including his wife, Mary, and sons Jonathan (22), Jason (13) and Joshua (12)—was his true inspiration. Spending less time smoking meant he could have more time with them, even just hanging out.
“I was always a bit of an embarrassed smoker,” says Johnson, explaining that he felt guilty when he had to get away to smoke during family get-togethers. “Now, the smell really gets to me,” says Johnson. “It’s so nice not to have to sneak away for a cigarette.”
Today, Johnson is back in the swing of things, but this time without tobacco. Food tastes better, his overall health is improving and Johnson is feeling the guilt lift. He now uses mints to help with his cravings, and has appreciated the support of his Quit Coach through it all.
“The positive thoughts and follow-up calls really helped me believe I could do it,” he says.
Are you ready to quit tobacco? Visit www.soundhealthwellness.com, click LiveWell Programs and select LiveWell Quit for Life. Make your tobacco use history, too.
Tilney Sutherland, Quit For Life
Tilney Sutherland has been a Sound Health & Wellness Trust plan participant for nearly 40 years. Three years ago she quit tobacco with the support of Christine, her Quit for Life® program Quit Coach®. Read her story.
How did you hear about the program?
I read about the different wellness programs in the newsletter. I’d been thinking about quitting smoking for quite awhile and Quit For Life sounded like an excellent idea.
What motivated you to quit tobacco?
There are a number of reasons but I remind myself daily of one of them, to help keep me off tobacco: I was at a routine doctor’s appointment a few years ago and since I was a smoker, my doctor asked if he could do a chest x-ray. When he showed me the image he pointed and said, ‘See that tiny spot right there? That’s the beginning of emphysema.’ At that moment I knew I had to quit. It was scary for me.
Also I was motivated by my grandkids. I want to be a good example for them. I would feel terrible sneaking out at night to have a cigarette after everyone went to bed. Those kinds of things don’t make you feel good about yourself.
What helped keep you motivated?
My Quit Coach® Christine kept me motivated. I really appreciated how she talked to me. She was the best. I was surprised by how emotional the quitting process was for me. It was almost like I was letting go of an old friend. Christine really seemed to understand. For me, it was valuable to have someone to talk to about what was and wasn’t working. She kept me accountable but I never felt watched, graded or critiqued. I felt like I had someone who cared.
Christine had good tips and insight. For example, I talked with her about how my husband and I used to go out on the porch and have a cigarette together after dinner. It was a time for us to connect at the end of the day and I didn’t want to lose that if I quit smoking. She helped me realize that we could still do that, just for a different reason. For me, the substitute was a cup of tea. We still take those five to 10 minutes to sit down and talk to each other, just without the cigarettes.
What are your keys to success?
I look at the long term – where I want to see myself in 10 years and what my values look like in the future. I value my health and being able to get out and go – take a hike or whatever it may be – is a huge motivator. I don’t want to be held back by my body.
Like exercise, I need to be consistent. I’ve worked out for more than 30 years and had my on and off periods, but I realize I don’t like the feeling of having to start over. I just know if I’m consistent my body will respond. It’s the same with staying off tobacco.
Any advice for others considering Quit for Life?
I’d say that getting started is the hardest part, but that you have everything to gain and nothing to lose by trying.
Try it because it’s not invasive. That’s one thing people fear. They think there will be someone calling them all the time and that the program will be inconvenient. I found that it was totally supportive – even when my Coach couldn’t get a hold of me or if I needed more time between calls, they never made me feel bad. Once I made the decision to quit I wanted to get all the support I could.
Billy Osborn, Quit For Life
Billy Osborn knew that smoking was holding him back physically. When his Trust Wellness Coordinator mentioned Quit For Life® to him, he knew this was his ticket to ride.
How did you hear about the program?
When a Trust Wellness Coordinator made a visit to my store I mentioned to her that I had been thinking about quitting smoking for a long time. She told me about the Quit For Life® program and gave me a number to call to get enrolled. Later that week I talked to my Night Crew Manager who had just quit with Quit For Life and she encouraged me to call. I enrolled the next day.
What motivated you to enroll?
There were a lot of things in my life that made me want to quit tobacco, but there was one event that really changed my mind. Every day I would go to check my mail on the second floor of my apartment building. One night I realized how hard it was to breathe going up and down those stairs and how much my lungs hurt. I have been riding my bike everywhere since I was 4-years-old and I started to think how much longer and faster I could ride if I quit smoking. Everyone has one thing that sparks their motivation and for me it was something physical. I just wanted to be able to ride.
After I enrolled in the program, a buddy of mine offered to sell me his old 27-speed bike. My old bike was like riding with the brakes on and now I am riding around on the kind of bike they use in the Tour de France. When I get up to that 21st speed I can really feel a difference in my lungs and muscles. I normally ride 60 to 70 miles on my days off and I don’t think anything of it. This summer I am going to ride in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. There is a 5-mile hill in the ride and I know it will really test me. That climb will show me how far I’ve come since quitting smoking.
What keeps you motivated?
I talked to three or four different Quit Coaches during the program. It was great because I was able to talk with them at a time that fit my schedule. If my Quit Coach would call when I was busy, I could just call them back and talk to someone right away. The coaches were really compassionate and reminded me of a friend I could just sit down and talk to. They made me feel good about the accomplishments I made.
What are your keys to success?
During one of my first conversations with my Quit Coach, we set a quit date for September 1. I promised my coach that I would start as soon as I received my patches in the mail. A few days later, everything came to me including some material about getting started. I took the time to read through everything and got rid of my tobacco, lighters and ashtrays. The booklet also told me to wash my clothes three or four times to get rid of the cigarette smell. I will never forget the first time I smelled someone after quitting. If there were one reason I would never smoke again, it would be the smell. All of the extra little information about cravings and habits really helped me get through the hard times. I actually stopped smoking before my quit date.
Any advice for others considering Quit for Life?
You have to be ready to quit smoking and it’s something you have to put a lot of thought into. All of the pieces started falling into place for me when I thought about the cost and the physical benefit. When you finally get the willpower to quit, don’t hold back and start right away. Getting your mind in the game is the key to success. Every morning wake up and tell yourself, I am not going to smoke. For me, I went on a bike ride instead.