February 2018 Wellness Champion



It's More Than a Diet - It's a Lifestyle

Our February Wellness Champion is a strong believer in Veganism. Melissa Horning from the Facilities Department has been practicing veganism for over a year now.

Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects commodity status of animals.  A vegan diet is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Melissa explained that for her, being a vegan is more than just a diet – it’s a lifestyle.

Melissa explained that her decision to go vegan was influenced by her love for animals. The impact that her old lifestyle choices were having on both the environment and animals inspired her to make a change. Melissa explained that what really opened her eyes to her dietary choices was actually a documentary on Netflix called “Forks Over Knives”.

Melissa began her journey over a year ago now. It was over the Christmas Break 2016, that she decided to go "cold turkey" and make the change. She explained that for her, it wasn't as challenging as one may think to give up the products she had once enjoyed. The changes her new lifestyle has had on her own health is remarkable. She noted that before making the decision to go vegan, her eczema used to be very bad. Now that she has been following the vegan lifestyle for over a year now, she hardly notices it.

Melissa has been very happy with her decision to make a lifestyle change and is happy to share any information others might need to make the change themselves. Melissa suggests that if anyone is interested in learning more about veganism, or is interested in trying out some vegan recipes, they should head over to Veganuary’s website.

Please help us to congratulate Melissa on her exemplary lifestyle choices and compliment her determination to make a change.