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Ken Chang finds BeWell
Since hitting innumerable buckets of golf balls was not producing desired results, I used improving my golf game as my primary motivator for participating in the BeWell program. My name is Ken Chang, and I’m a business analyst in Stanford’s Land, Buildings and Real Estate (LBRE) department: this is my BeWell story.
BeWell educated me and provided me with multiple avenues to improve my health. The initial assessment and counseling helped me know where I was, where I should be, and my advisor Rosalyne Tu talked me through what I wanted to get out of the program. I think the two sessions with a personal trainer are a great lead into getting a gym routine started. The gym is not for everyone, so Stanford makes the pool and track available and there are walking programs, yoga and aerobics classes — pretty much anything that will just get you active!
I went through what I would call “the long start”; meaning, it took about two months of consistent effort to get to the gym. I took a low-stress approach to the BeWell program.
- If it hurts, do something different or with less weight.
- For diet, I follow the simple formula of expending more energy than I consume to lose weight.
- If I’m hungry, I eat; I just don’t eat as much.
- During lunch, I eat some of my meal during lunch break and the rest later when I know I’ll be hungry again.
And it’s worked out for me: I’ve lost 8 pounds in 4½ months.
One fortunate situation for me was that my officemates at LBRE were already on the BeWell program and were very encouraging about me signing up and working out. Looking around at the gym, I recognize a lot of other LBRE employees working out as well. BeWell and the accompanying LBRE-sponsored WorkWell program have supported a cultural change at work in LBRE. They even bring yoga classes to the department!
So you can’t go wrong. You have a university culture that is willing to invest in the health and wellbeing of its employees and its customers (i.e., students), a department that has extended the program even further, and facilities and staff to help guide you. Plus, it’s FREE and you can use STAP dollars for the extras — so those are FREE as well! And all you have to do is start (even if it’s a “long start”).
Thank you, President Hennessey and Provost Etchemendy, for the forward thinking and commitment to all of Stanford. And thank you Bob Reidy for extending the program into LBRE and for the commitment to LBRE employees.
UPDATE: Ken has lost 15 pounds since he started the program in May!