A Health Matters Hero inspires those around them and contributes to a culture of well-being for fellow State of Idaho employees.
Health Matters Hero: Melissa Clinger
WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE TO HELP FEEL YOUR BEST?
My job can be very stressful at times and I have a busy family life with six children. I have found in the past few years that it has been more difficult to lose weight. This summer I really wanted to try and lose weight. I started researching different ways that may help me lose weight. I stopped drinking pop and eating chocolate, which was my go-to at work for dealing with stress. I started out with trying Keto and intermittent fasting. Then I bought a bike and started riding my bike back and forth to work. Making these healthy choices were making a difference, I started losing weight. The Health Matters BINGO program really helped keep me on track. It was fun, I involved my family, and it helped me be stay conscientious of my choices. I have lost over 40 pounds and I feel great.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
My family has inspired me to want to be healthier and have more energy. I have an eighteen-month-old granddaughter and a four-week-old grandson. I want to be able to be active in their lives.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WELL-BEING ACHIEVEMENT?
One of my greatest well-being achievements has been that when I was in my forties I started running. Over time, I was running about five miles a day. Due to health issues I can no longer run but I wanted to become physically active again.
WHAT IS A GOAL YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
My goal is to eat healthy, manage my weight, and to remember to breathe.
HOW DO YOU STAY WELL AT WORK?
I stay well at work by creating good relationships with my co-workers. I feel that they are supportive of me and I am of them. I take breaks when I need them. When I go home, I try to leave work at work.
A Health Matters Hero…
- Leads by example and is a model to other employees.
- Consistently exhibits behaviors that support physical, mental, and social well-being.
- Actively supports the well-being of those around them.
Any state employee can nominate a colleague who is making a positive impact on health and well-being within their workplace. One Health Matters Hero will be featured every month.