'Health Check for U' is Changing Lives!

by Kori-Lee Nicolle, University of Lethbridge Office of General Counsel

My name is Kori-Lee Nicolle and I started working at the UofL in January of 2015. One of the first things that I noticed is that there are lots opportunities to meet people as well as some really good wellness initiatives. The one that I have been particularly impressed with is Health Check for U. I would like to share why this has impressed me and how I utilize it with setting goals with my heart health.

I am in very good health and have never had any issues with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high sugar levels.  I have no history of heart disease in my family, but almost three years ago I was at my heaviest weight and made a decision to take charge – lose weight and get back into shape. I had no excuse at all and led an incredibly active lifestyle growing up, was very athletic and played lots of organized sports. By the time the Health Check for U came up in October 2015, I was down almost 20lbs and lost almost 30 inches in total (which is a lot for me because if you do know who I am - I am just over 5 feet tall).

Initially, I was really curious in knowing all the details of the blood work (which we don’t get from our doctors unless something is wrong) but what I soon realized is that this was much more than that – it was truly an educational experience. This has become a tool that I now use to monitor my health, as well as support our wonderful nursing students.

This October, when I went back for my second assessment, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my results were even better! Why? Because I was able to take a copy home with me which was motivation to keep doing what I was doing as well as make additional small changes; ones that I knew that I could commit to.

So after all is said and done, there is only a 1% chance that I will develop heart disease. I think that this is very important to know considering heart disease is the #1 cause of death in North America. This is motivation for me to keep doing what I am doing and, who knows, maybe next year my numbers will be even better.

I would highly recommend taking advantage of this wonderful service that the University offers. The nursing students are great and you come away with a very detailed “snap-shot” of your heart health. What better way to take control of your health.

If you are interested to know more about my journey to health and fitness, please feel free to contact me at korilee.nicolle@uleth.ca. I would be more than glad to share more of my story.

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