Real Participants. Real Results.
Each of these Trust participants came to Sound Support 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.
Lori O’Dell, Naturally Slim®
Lori O’Dell credits the Naturally Slim program for helping her develop a better relationship to food.
“I’ve always had trouble having a healthy relationship with food,” said Lori O’Dell, a Trust participant who works as a checker at Sehome Village Haggen in Bellingham. “It’s been an ongoing thing in my life. I think this is true for a lot of us.”
She started the Naturally Slim program with some uncertainty. Since she’d tried so many other things in the past, she didn’t have high expectations. But the program brought new, intuitive ideas about eating and movement into play.
“The principles are different from what I’ve tried before,” said Lori. “And the simplicity of this program is very refreshing. It’s very focused on paying attention to your body. It’s really simple principles, such as: ‘Don’t eat if you’re not hungry. It seems intuitive, but I think we all can use these kinds of reminders.”
She also appreciated how the program offers ways to deal with hunger between meal times and reminds participants to take time when eating.
“It’s helped me to be mindful of my own body and give myself hints to accomplish my goals,” she said. “Unlike with other programs, you don’t have to plan or count points.”
Naturally Slim also reviews things like food marketing and labeling and teaches participants how to choose healthier options. Participation also includes online forums and support, where you can learn what has worked for others.
“I really like to work out so, they gave me a lot of great tips on exercise and how to view it in a good frame,” said Lori.
She also liked how specific some of the recommendations were.
“I’m a real ‘social eater,’ and eating out can be challenging. The program anticipated this; how did you know I had that problem? They take you through some simulations and offer different ways to deal with the situation or ways to go with it.”
These key learnings were successes for Lori on their own, but she also lost 20 pounds in the first four to five weeks, and she has continued putting the things she learned into practice.
“I remind myself that I’m not hungry, or to slow down and chew slowly,” she said. “Sometimes I will even think, ‘Put your fork down!’ Follow-through is my biggest challenge. Maintaining this mindfulness is the work!”
Overall, Lori thinks the program is well worth it to anyone who wants to have a better relationship with food. “This is a great benefit,” she said.
Kim Adams, Sound Support Health Coach
For one participant, Health Coaching has been a way to check in and stay grounded while her personal life stretched her to the limit.
Maureen Williams, Sound Support Health Coaching
For Maureen Williams, a Trust participant who works at Fred Meyer in Covington, making a connection with a Sound Support Health Coach came at just the right time.
Jerry Guenther, LiveWell Health Coaching
For Trust participant Jerry Guenther, receiving positive reinforcement from a Sound Support 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.Sound Support 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. Sound Support Health Coaches are here to help you and your family transition to a new, healthy lifestyle.
Sound Support 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, Sound Support 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 Sound Support Health Coaching. You'll receive personalized telephone support and encouragement as you work toward your health goals.