Once again, First Source is participating in the Go Red Corporate Challenge. Over 8 weeks our staff are focusing on starting heart-healthy habits that include getting more exercise, eating well and more. We’re tracking our results and supporting each other as a team throughout the challenge.
Below, learn about Michael Orsomarso’s goals for the Go Red Corporate Challenge.
Why did you sign up for the Challenge?
I signed up for the Challenge for a number of reasons. First, Heart Disease has unfortunately affected almost every member of my family. It is very important to me to stay healthy and “know your numbers” because of my family history. The Challenge forces me to keep track of everything that I eat, drink and do. Eating healthy and exercising are the key pieces to having a better lifestyle and getting a grip on your Simple 7 factors. When it comes to food, I have the willpower to only say “yes” to temptations. During the Challenge, it really helps me to have other co-workers trying to reach the same goals and being conscientious of what we are eating and doing. Having a good support system is, for me, a key to success.
What do you plan to focus on in the next 8 weeks?
In the next 8 weeks, I plan to focus on getting more active and keeping track of exactly what I’m eating. When I took the Simple 7 assessment, it is recommended to do 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. I have made this my goal and have made a schedule for myself to complete it. A recommendation from the assessment was to add 10 minutes every time to what I currently do now, which really adds up at the end of the week without making it seem much more difficult. Secondly, I am going to eat healthier by keeping track of everything I eat. Writing everything down really is an eye opener and really shows you how much a little cheat here or there adds up to.
What do you hope to accomplish?
I hope to eat healthier and commit to a more aggressive exercise and workout schedule. While I thought that I was already eating enough whole grains, fruits and vegetables, I really wasn’t. Now that I know my goals and I have a support system here at work, I know that I will be able to improve my score and be healthier overall.