From the Wallingford Branch:
Knowing our health stats is the first step ...
Why, oh why would we do this to our friends and colleagues? Several reasons.
First, as a company, Verity is committed to its employees’ and members’ overall well-being. Our physical health greatly impacts all other aspects of our lives. Financially, the number one cause of bankruptcy in America is medical bills. One medical crisis can wipe out an entire family’s financial stability. Additionally, our ability to perform at work and to enjoy our relationships is greatly hindered when our health is poor.
Second, as a company, Verity is a high utilizer of medical benefits. This means that we use our benefits more than expected. The result is higher health premiums. Higher premiums impact our financial health. My husband is in the health industry and is always talking about how preventative care is much cheaper than reactive care. Therefore, if we know our numbers, we can be proactive in caring for ourselves. The result is using our money for what we want to do instead of for paying medical bills.
Finally, getting these tests allow us to be honest with ourselves about our health. It is very easy to pretend that everything is fine; that what we eat, drink, smoke and how much or how little we move doesn’t matter. And, while ignoring our health may work for a while, sooner or later our actions catch up with us. The goal of this test is to ground us in some reality so that we can take responsibility BEFORE a crash happens.
Just because I logically understand all of the above, does not mean I am happily about offering my arm and waist up for pinching and measuring. I am going to cringe and turn red when they tell me my ratios and my numbers. But I am going to do it.
What comes after the tests at Verity is a year-long effort to support all of us in making some healthy changes based on the information we gain from these tests. There will be contests, information, cooking demonstrations, and maybe even some group goals. The test isn’t the end of the conversation. It is the beginning. And every journey starts with the first step.
Work ceases to be work and becomes a calling with practice and focus... who knew?
“Anywhere you go, liking everyone, everyone will be likeable.”
A small stone is “a very short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment.”
Salted Carmel ice cream. Cocoa Beware truffles. African Nectar tea. And, oh yeah, a budget you can live with.
Making a mistake is an opportunity to ask yourself: What do I need to know about this?
Your risk of causing an accident goes up 400% if you are talking on a cell phone while driving. This is similar to driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .08.
“Remember then that there is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side.”
—John Muth, from his children’s book “The Three Questions”
Looking for a special way to spend an evening? Come hear Verity member Fathia Atallah sing at the Sorrento Hotel on April 16th!
“While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.”
~Lady Bird Johnson
There have been a few changes around the Wallingford Branch in the past year. Get to know your new Wallingford Branch employees and catch up on what is going on with a few old favorites.