The past several years have been stressful. I was laid off from the job I had worked in for nearly 20 years. Unsure of what the future had in store for me, I decided to take this time to reflect on my health and what brings me joy.
So, when I saw an article in our local newspaper about the community wellness program with Canyon Ranch Institute and Tucson Medical Center, I thought it was a sign.
I was as nervous to sign up, not knowing if I could commit to the program. I’ve had asthma and allergies all my life, and I’ve always struggled with my weight. But I knew that I needed to address my biggest health challenges: eating right and exercising. Today, I’m so glad I did.
Before joining the program at Tucson Medical Center, my workouts were inconsistent or non-existent. I had very little energy, and didn’t have the motivation to improve my health or lifestyle. Now, I’m more conscientious about what I eat, making better food choices and watching my portions. I’m even trying and enjoying new vegetables that I never thought I would. Perhaps the most rewarding change is that because I feel better I can now give back to my community. I’ve found joy in gardening and serving others. I now volunteer at two different local community gardens and also a local ministry.
The program’s focus on integrative health was what renewed my sense of well-being. I enjoyed every session. And I truly learned something from each core team member and participant in my group. The program and sharing with the group helped me build a confidence that I can learn to take care of my whole self, become more active, and find joy in each day.
For people looking to make a positive, impactful change, I would say that this program is a life-changing experience. I entered it with an open mind, and understand that connecting the spiritual, mental, and physical health makes a world of difference to your overall health. My sister joined the program with me, and now we are encouraging our brother to sign up. I would encourage everyone to try it for themselves!
CRI Life Enhancement Program with Tucson Medical Center