A Reid physician, a young man in his 20s who changed his lifestyle and lost 100 pounds and an active 80-year-old are Reid Hospital’s Community Wellness Champions for the first quarter of the year.
“These three individuals come from various backgrounds, but each is a shining example of how your lifestyle decisions affect your health,” said Tajuan Stoker, director of Wellness at Reid.
William Black Jr., M.D., 51. Not only does he promote the value of wellness to his patients at the Pediatric & Internal Medicine Center in Richmond, Dr. Black lives it. He makes time to exercise and eat right. He maintains a healthy weight, participates in athletic events such as running and basketball and is active in the community. “I started running just after college and have never stopped,” said Black. “In addition to the personal benefits, I think my exercise habits set a good example for family and for my patients.”
Vincent Marino, 24. Nominated by his mom, Lori Sponsel, Vincent battled weight issues from the fourth grade. After graduating college at 22, he was having health issues such as sleep apnea and back pain. He determined to get active, began working out for an hour 5 to 6 days a week and worked with an instructor to change his eating habits. The Richmond resident lost over 100 pounds, dropped from a size 44 to 34 pants and has maintained his active lifestyle for two years. “I have so much energy now,” said Vincent. “This is the best thing I have ever done for myself.”
Peter Trocano, 80. This active resident of Union City, OH, maintains his health with exercise, eating right and some dietary supplements. He is active in the community as well, including area recycling projects and volunteering for many community organizations. “Your body will tell you what it needs,” said Trocano. “Listen to it and you’ll eat healthy foods and stay fit.”
Stoker said wellness aligns with the mission of Reid, which is wholeness in body, mind and spirit. So champions demonstrate wellness in many ways, including physically, socially, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually among others.
For more information or to nominate someone, visit: www.Reidhospital.org/cwc
Reid will select two community champions and one Reid team champion every quarter. They will be featured at events, receive prizes and be included in an annual awards dinner.