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LIFE: Lifestyle Improvements for Employees - An employee wellness program by Tucson Unified

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  • New Adventures through Better Health
    Even though I have been working on a better me for the last few years, my healthy fitness journey didn't seriously start until the TUSD 2010 team weight loss challenge. During the weigh-in I found out that TUSD had this awesome wellness program in place with a great coach, Andrea Curless, and I was unaware and missing out. I couldn't have that!

    So I asked questions, set up an individual consultation with Andrea and together we devised a personalized fitness plan to help me reach my fitness goals. I have participated in every fitness session that both Andrea and Raquel have set up for district employees since becoming involved with the wellness tools available to me. These have included nutrition, cardio, resistance weight classes, group and individual campaigns like Team Weight Loss Challenge, Maintain not Gain, and Walk to Wellness.

    I have to say that I was skeptical about the weight loss goal that Andrea knew I could reach. I love the fact that it only took my showing up, willingness to try and do new things to be able to obtain my goal. I haven't been this healthy in most of my adult life. I love the adventure, challenge, and friendship from my wellness coaches, my dear TUSD workout buddies and my determination that have brought me thus far. Through this training and information, my support circle, plus my commitment to regular, consistent participation I have lost 35 lbs and almost 10% body fat. My body is toned and muscle has replaced fat! It's been exciting experiencing the changes to my body and shopping for new clothes.

    Furthermore it's not just been about the weight. For me it's been about better mind body & spirit. I feel great! These wellness tools have helped me broaden my activity interests because I now am able to do what I choose to do; like cycling 109 miles in the El Tour De Tucson 2010. Along with the mentoring, enthusiasm, support, and caring from Andrea and Raquel, my journey has been a great adventure. I am forever thankful for and grateful to my knowledgeable leaders. The cool thing is that my journey isn't finished yet.

    I feel like it has just begun and I can't wait for a new adventure!


    My name is Shelley Sykora and I am the Rental Office Coordinator for TUSD.
  • From a TUSD Special Education Teacher
    I decided I needed to make a big change in my life. Then they started the wellness program, and I decided to give it a try. Since the inception of the program I have lost a total of 40lbs. I have also dropped my body fat percent from a very unhealthy 26.8% to a lean athletic 17.7%... even the students have noticed the huge change in my face and body structure. I now play soccer and have little issues with my asthma and I also have more stamina and power thanks to the combined help of both my trainer and Andrea. So I would like to thank the wellness program and most of all Andrea.
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