How NHRMC Employees Make Healthier Happen

January 10, 2019
By: NHRMC
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New Hanover Regional Medical Center is committed to looking at health and wellness in a new way. We know it’s not something you do alone. It’s something you do with those around you. And we want to be part of your team.

We’re working with you to make healthier happen in your life. We know that healthier means different things to different people and that we achieve those goals in different ways.

With that in mind, NHRMC asked its employees how they make healthier happen. Here are some of their answers.

“Our family uses the Employee Fitness Center on a routine basis. The trainers are strong and focused and push us forward. For us, it has become a way of life (we have lost over 60 pounds) and been a positive influence for our boys. It also allows us the opportunity to run through the mud or through Downtown Wilmington from time to time.”

David Long, Interim Director Spiritual Care

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“It's so important to try to keep moving as much as possible especially when you have a job that keeps you at a desk for so much of the day. And I think it's especially important to start building healthy habits from an early age. I involve all my kids in healthy habits but my youngest son, Kellen, is the most active and the one who keeps me the most active. Not only does he enjoy playing sports but he's inspired me to volunteer to help coach his team and he's my regular workout partner at the Employee Fitness Center. He will jump into my workout sessions with my trainer every week, does the kids' class and still has enough energy to want to train with another trainer. Kellen has even become my regular workout partner - waking up at 4:30 a.m. to join me at my 5:30 a.m. sessions!”

-Vivian Cook, Public Affairs Associate

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“I make it a point to get up a few times a day and walk around the office. Plus, I have two dogs that I walk every evening after work. This helps in getting some cardio in and helps with digestion as well.”

-Shae Kaufman, Senior Business Office Rep at Glen Meade Center for Women’s Health – NHRMC Physician Group


“Hiking the new Surf City Bridge is a beautiful way to get a couple miles under your feet! I also train at the Employee Fitness Center with friends.”

-Terri DeWees, Director of Trauma Services

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“Paddle boarding. It’s such a nice way to enjoy God’s beauty, breathe some fresh air, and move some rarely used muscles.”

-Wendy Arato, Manager Patient Engagement, New Hanover Medical Group – NHRMC Physician Group


“Commuter biking a few miles to work and back daily helps both keep me and the world itself a little bit healthier.

-Anne Canada, HRIS Coordinator


“I like to make healthier happen by doing fun activities that also get me up and moving. Axe throwing is definitely a good way to work your arms and get your blood flowing!”

-Elizabeth Barfield, Education Specialist

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“I make healthier happen by incorporating activities I enjoy such as hiking or kayaking. Try out healthy recipes with friends and have a tasting party!”

-Kristal McHugh, Director of Development, NHRMC Foundation


“Walking the beach with a loved one is a great way to make healthier happen!”

-Desiree Florio, Director, NHRMC Atlantic SurgiCenter

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“I make time to get outside and take a walk with my dog. We go to the beach or a park to get some fresh air and exercise. We both enjoy being outside and exploring together.”

-Maddy Eversole, Digital Marketing Coordinator

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We want to hear from you! How do you make healthier happen in your life? Post photos on social media with the hashtag #LetsMakeHealthierHappen so we can share what you’re doing with the community.

Learn more about Let’s Make Healthier Happen: https://www.nhrmc.org/lets-make-healthier-happen

Categories: Your Health
We have done a challenge in our department centered around drinking 64 oz of water every day.
Stay hydrated my friends.
Volunteering certainly gives you a mental boost, but in addition, volunteering in the Surgical Pavilion can provide 10,000 steps of exercise in an afternoon.

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