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Cassandra Pugh

I made connections to good health and good people.

I was new to Berkshire County, MA, and didn’t know how lonely I was. I wasn’t eating right, and I was pretty out of shape. I felt tired all the time. Then, I learned that Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) offers the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP).

The BHS-CRI LEP motivated me. Thanks to the program and the people at Berkshire Health Systems, I’ve made a lot of healthy changes. I felt better yesterday than the day before and better today than yesterday. I want that to be true for the rest of my life.

The BHS-CRI LEP motivated me. Thanks to the program and the people at Berkshire Health Systems, I’ve made a lot of healthy changes. I felt better yesterday than the day before and better today than yesterday. I want that to be true for the rest of my life.

When I started being part of our BHS-CRI LEP, I could only walk for about five minutes before I had to stop. Those five minutes felt like 20. One small step at a time, I improved. The more I walked, the more progress I saw and felt. I started walking around a beautiful lake near here, and that has become a special part of my day.

I’m also changing how and what I eat. I used to eat an early dinner, and then sometimes eat again at 9 p.m., and then have something again at 2 a.m. Now, I don’t eat late at night like I used to. I’m learning to eat breakfast every day. I’m drinking a whole lot more water, and I have reduced how much soda I drink. I don’t even put salt on my food anymore!

The people at Berkshire Health Systems are amazing. I didn’t have a doctor here, and they helped me find one. Even after I graduated the program, they are still supporting me in taking better care of my health.
I’m more connected to more people than ever before. I see the BHS-CRI LEP team members who gave us the program – and the other graduates from my group – all the time. I have friends now and I’m not so lonely. I’m motivated to live a healthier life and to help others experience that, too. I know my actions can spark another person to live a healthier life, so I even got my office colleagues to join the Mayors’ Fitness Challenge with me. Now we all move our bodies more and eat better!

I’m so grateful for BHS-CRI LEP. I didn’t know how much I needed the program and the people. Now, my life is headed in a healthier and happier direction. I know I want to keep it that way – and I will.

Cassandra Pugh
Program Participant
Berkshire Health Systems-CRI Life Enhancement Program
Pittsfield, MA