2017 Members of the Month
Cassandra Luckett, Administrative Assistant at James Brown Cancer Center
Meet Cassandra Luckett, a year and a half UofL faculty member! Cassy enjoys golfing, walking, riding bikes, Yoga, and spending time with her family and, of course, utilizing the Get Healthy Now Wellness Center!
In the last six months, Cassy has been able to increase her strength and endurance through “strength training and walking.” Additionally, “I have lost over 10 pounds in the last six months, as well. I reach almost 10,000 steps a day,” she said. GHN’s Weigh to Wellness program has also had an impact on Cassy’s fitness journey. “Weigh to Wellness had a big impact on my eating habits,” she said. Something that has also helped Cassy is a simple mantra of: Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Utilizing the GHN Wellness Center has helped keep Cassy on the right track to accomplishing her goals. “I want to reach 150 minutes of exercise each week. I would also like to lose 10 more pounds; to reach my normal weight before medical issues in 2014 caused me to gain 25 pounds,” she stated. She will continue coming back because she “sees the results and feels better every day.” Her favorite Get Healthy Now offering? “The Weigh to Wellness program and the being able to have access to a gym for a minimum fee is a wonderful benefit for UofL employees.”
Cassy’s “Bucket List” coincides with some of her 2018 goals. “My husband and I are going to run/walk in five 5k’s,” she said. A tip that Cassy would like to share is to “get up move as much as you can!” Keep up the great work!
Laura Westberg, Program Manager (KY Spinal Cord Injury Research Center); Part-time Lecturer (College of Education and Human Development).
Meet Laura Westberg, an almost three year UofL faculty member, who enjoys getting together with friends, attending local festivals and events, spending time with her dog – Ruby, reading, listening to music, watching sports, home decorating, cooking, and walking.
In the last six months, Laura participated in Get Healthy Now’s health and weight management program, Weigh to Wellness, because she wanted to lose weight and “knew I needed to get on track for healthy eating and exercising for that to happen.” As a result of her participation in the course, she was able to utilize the GHN Personal Training service. “This was a great experience for me,” she said, “It allowed me to achieve the goal of consistently exercising and having specific training and guidance.” To date, Laura has lost 15 pounds and is currently participating in her second Weigh to Wellness program!
Visiting the GHN Wellness Center three to four times per week to exercise and attend Tai Chi classes has also helped Laura stay motivated on her fitness journey, as her new goal is to lose 10-15 more pounds. “Additionally,” she added, “I keep several goals posted at my desk at work and try to follow them every day.” These goals include sleeping six to eight hours, eating breakfast, drinking water, eat small meals, maintain good nutrition, exercise, and reduce stress.
While Laura doesn’t have a specific “Bucket List,” she would like to start visiting all the National Parks in the United States that she has not been to. But in the meantime, she will continue “spending lots of time working out!” at GHN and inspiring us! Keep up the great work, Laura!
Steve Lindsey, Enterprise Programmer/Analyst IV, Information Technology
Lisa Lindsey, Enterprise Security Analyst, Information Technology
Meet this dynamic duo, husband-and-wife super team; Steve and Lisa Lindsey. Combined, the Lindsey’s have been employees at the University of Louisville for over 54 years!
When they are not keeping busy within their positions at Information Technology, the Lindsey’s enjoy participating in 19th Century Reenacting, where they portray former Kentucky Governor John L. Helm (1802-1867) and his wife.
Both Steve and Lisa have committed themselves to their morning routine of walking on the treadmills at the GHN Wellness Center. Specifically, Lisa tries to walk “at least 3 miles per day.” “I don’t have one specific goal. Rather, I am trying to lose weight which will help with my overall fitness,” she said. Likewise, Steve’s daily goal is to “run or walk at least 15,000 steps, or 7.5 miles per day.” One of Steve’s short-term goals has also been to maintain an optimal body weight, while keeping his blood sugar and A1C levels within a healthy range. “My long-term goal is to participate in a full marathon,” Steve added.
Exercising at the GHN Wellness Center has helped motivate the Lindsey’s on their fitness journeys. “I can see and feel the results. I have lost 15 pounds since July (’17), and reduced my waist size by several inches,” Steve said. For Lisa, Steve has been a great influence. “To be honest, my husband is what started me coming every day, but now, I have an agreement with a friend to lose weight,” she said. Their favorite GHN offerings have been the variety of exercise equipment and the friendly advice given to them from both Health Specialists, Dillon Painter and Andrew Rasbury.
Adding to their story, Steve suffered from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and is a survivor of a bilateral (double) lung transplant. “I believe that mental attitude is perhaps the single biggest factor in overall health,” he said. “I can tell you from experience, in my darkest hours, when I was the sickest, remaining positive and hopeful was all that sustained not only myself, but also my friends and family.” Now, Steve and Lisa serve as ambassadors for anyone looking for help in regaining their health.
Keep up the great work, and keep motivating us, Steve and Lisa!
Judy Cowgill, Administrative Assistant to Coach Denny Crum
Meet Judy Cowgill, who worked at the U of L for over 40 years!
When she is not cheering on the Cards, she enjoys knitting, sewing, gardening, reading, visiting grandchildren, and traveling.
Judy has been working out 2-3 times a week for the last 14 years, with a goal of maintaining a 60 minute workout schedule. Her favorite GHN offering is the “friendly and helpful staff!” Besides exercise, she stays healthy by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables each day, while drinking more water and less caffeine. She has even cut out fried foods from her diet. Her goal each month is to increase the weight and reps on the machines. “So far, I have been reaching my goals since I joined over a year ago,” she said.
Being active is also helping Judy overcome a recent diagnosis of Osteoporosis. “I feel better both mentally and physically when I work out,” she said, “I know I need to keep my bones strong, so coming to the Wellness Center and working out will keep me healthy for many years!”
Judy’s best advice to anyone considering working out or thinking healthy is understanding that it’s never too late to make a change. “I did not start working out until I was in my mid-50’s. It was the best decision I ever made.” She continued, “you will not regret it!”
Thomas Edision, Assistant Professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages (CML)
Meet Thomas Edison, a three year UofL faculty member, who loves singing karaoke, fishing, writing, traveling and gardening when he is not teaching Spanish.
In the last six months, Thomas has ended his one-pack-a-day cigarette addiction; while also going down two pant sizes. He has been able to become healthier by improving his eating habits and even discovering new ways to eat, like adding carrots as a snack. He plans to continue losing inches and, ultimately, reach his Bucket List goal of achieving a six-pack stomach!
Visiting the GHN Wellness Center has helped Thomas stay motivated on his fitness journey. “Feeling part of a community where all the staff is there to support me in becoming healthier, I feel like the atmosphere is very relaxing and the locker room is clean and bright,” he said. He has also been able to confide in his friend and neighbor as additional support. “We try to go to the gym together and attend the same Piyo/Yoga classes. I love hearing her stories about making the world more environmentally conscious.”
Thomas’ favorite Get Healthy Now offerings are the classes and resistance machines. Eventually, he plans on entering a cooking competition or dance Cumbia in Columbia, but until then, keep working hard and inspiring others!
Congratulations to Joel Evans for being Get Healthy Now’s Member of the Month for July. This month’s theme is Recreation & Work Life Balance. Keep reading to learn more about how Joel stays motivated to live a healthy lifestyle.
Joel has worked at the University of Louisville for 19 years as a Program Analyst in the Math & Physics department. Joel’s hobbies are playing basketball, woodworking, reading, and walking. In the last 6 months, Joel has lost 20 pounds, and is focused on losing another 20 pounds by continuing to stay active through playing basketball, total body exercises, and Pilate’s class 2 days a week. During this time, Joel also improved his eating habits by cutting out fast food, eating 6-7 servings of fruit and vegetables each day, and not eating meat 3 days a week.
Joel continues to stay motivated by the helpful attitude of GHN staff and instructors who have created an environment that encourages him to focus on physical well-being and makes Joel look forward to Pilate’s class with Cherri every week. At 60, Joel is more aware that he must maintain his healthy lifestyle in order to fully enjoy the latter portion of his life, “You have to put in the work if you want to keep things running” says Joel.
The Wellness center has been an ideal for Joel to integrate a desire to improve overall fitness and health without sacrificing work productivity. The ability to include scheduled exercise during the work week has helped balance the time pressure on life demands outside the workplace. Increased fitness has led to additional energy and more productivity during the day and better use of time throughout the week.
What’s on Joel’s “Bucket List”? He wants to visit Alaska and Hawaii, and tour the British Isles and Europe someday!
Hip-hip-hooray to July’s Member of the Month, Joel Evans!
Congratulations to Dr. Brad Shuck for being Get Healthy Now’s Member of the Month for June. This month’s theme is Safety and Men’s Health. Keep reading to learn more about how Brad stays motivated to live a healthy lifestyle.
Brad has worked at the University of Louisville for 7 years as Associate Professor and Program Director in the Organizational Leadership and Learning, Department of Educational Leadership, and Evaluation and Organizational Development. His favorite hobbies are gardening and cutting the grass, which he finds relaxing. He also enjoys being creative: coloring with his daughter, painting, cooking, playing the drums and writing.
In the last 6 months, Brad focused on maintaining a steady presence at the gym. Even when life got busy, he was committed to making time for himself. During this time he also improved his eating habits by cutting out pork, most red meat, and almost all gluten from his diet due to his daughter’s gluten allergy. For instance, he starts his day with a healthy green smoothie, and tries to eat as many leafy green vegetables as possible throughout the day.
Brad continues to set goals for himself and is working on cutting his overall body fat composition, and wants to gain lean muscle. His goal is to be 5 to 10lbs lighter by the summer! He credits his friend Kevin Rose for staying motivated. They workout together and challenge each other all the time at GHN.
What’s on Brad’s “Bucket List”? He wants to see the Northern Lights from the Blue Lagoon in Iceland with his wife and would love to see a Unicorn!
Hip-hip-hooray to June’s Member of the Month, Dr. Brad Shuck!
Congratulations to Alicia Kelso for being Get Healthy Now’s Member of the Month for May. This month’s theme is Movement and Women’s Health. Keep reading to learn more about what motivates Alicia to stay fit and healthy!
Alicia has worked for the University of Louisville for 2 years in the Office of Communications and Marketing as an Editor, of UofL News and UofL Today. She enjoys to stay busy and her favorite hobbies are running, swimming, hiking, reading (history and non-fiction), playing drums, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family.
In the last 6 months, Alicia focused on keeping a steady fitness routine by making sure she did something every day that made her sweat. Some of those days consisted of high intensity workouts which she really enjoys. She also improved her eating habits by being more cognizant of her sugar intake. For example, she cut it out of her coffee, switched to natural peanut butter, and on weekend outings switched from dark beer and bourbon to light beer and vodka. Growing up, her Dutch grandmother taught her that the best way to finish a meal was with a salad which she tries to eat every night.
As a former competitive swimmer in college, Alicia is very is self-motivated and strives to do better all the time. She considers her workouts a therapy and finds that it improves her mood, according to her family! Alicia is up for challenges, and wants to get back into Triathlons. She enjoys the GHN wellness center and uses it for weight training and enjoys the spin bikes, ropes and treadmills.
What is on Alicia’s “Bucket List”? She wants to attend the Summer Olympics and witness swimming in person. A European vacation with family and attend a Rush concert!! Awesome!
Congratulations to May’s member of the Month, Alicia Kelso!
Congratulations to Mahsa Badami for being Get Healthy Now’s Member of the Month for April. This month’s theme is Global Health. Keep reading to learn more about how Mahsa implements her healthy habits to keep her motivated while pursuing her health journey.
Mahsa has worked at U of L for 4 years as a PhD student in the Computer Science and Computer Engineering department at the Speed School of Engineering. Her favorite hobbies are traveling and experiencing the beauty, food and people of different regions. She also enjoys outdoor activities.
In the last 6 months, Mahsa increased her amount of time spent exercising per week. She has been participating in personal training sessions 3x a week and has experienced improvements in her overall health and well-being. During her personal training sessions, she focuses on her strength training and continues to strive to achieve her strength goals. She also improved her healthy eating habits by cooking her own meals at home and preparing healthy snacks for her long hours at work. She was able to make them a healthy lifestyle habit and desires to keep exploring more options.
In relation to April’s wellness theme of Global Health, Mahsa travels frequently for her job and wants to adopt a healthy lifestyle routine that she can utilize while traveling across the world. She is used to exercising indoors and wants to change it up to keep things exciting. Mahsa is very dedicated to her health journey by consistently visiting GHN and being a loyal Personal Training participant. She credits her motivation and dedication to the excellent Personal Training staff, Jamie and Coreena, and wellness programs offered by Get Healthy Now.
What’s on Mahsa’s “Bucket List”? She wants to learn Parkour! Wow!
Hip-hip-hooray to April’s Member of the Month, Mahsa Badami!
Congratulations to Dave Funk for being Get Healthy Now’s Member of the Month for March. This month’s theme is Healthy Nutrition. Keep reading to learn more about how Dave’s uses healthy habits to keep him motivated while pursuing his health journey.
Dave has worked at U of L for 6 ½ years as an Assistant Director of Student Records in the Registrar’s Office. He specifically remembers his first week because it was during the flood in August of 2009. His favorite hobbies are working out and writing.
Within the last 6 months, Dave was able to achieve one of his fitness goals by running and completing his first half-marathon. He is motivated to complete another half marathon in the near future. Dave also strives to maintain his health improvements by establishing healthy eating habits.
In relation to March’s wellness theme of Healthy Nutrition, Dave improved his eating habits by doing the Whole 30/Paleo Food Plan, which cuts down on all or most processed foods. He admits that he has gotten better at cutting down on processed foods, but plans to step it up in 2017.
What keeps Dave coming back to the GHN Wellness Center? “My mental well-being is what keeps me coming back. It’s my bit of daily recess and stress relief. I love the InCycle classes. I hate it about 10-15 minutes in, but when I’m done, I feel incredibly accomplished.”
What’s on Dave’s “Bucket List”? Dave wants to write and publish his own novel and hopes that it’s actually good.
Hip-hip-hooray to March’s Member of the Month, Dave Funk!
Congratulations to Renaldo Domoney for being Get Healthy Now’s Member of the Month for February. This month’s theme is Heart Health. Keep reading to learn more about how Renaldo uses personal experiences with heart health to keep him motivated while pursuing his health journey.
Renaldo has worked at U of L for 1 year as a Policy & Budget Analyst in the Office of Budget and Financial Planning. His favorite hobbies are skiing, watching sports and traveling. Renaldo also enjoys playing tennis and golf to stay active.
Renaldo’s goal is to start adding a variety of workouts to his schedule, particularly playing a sport. He decided to pick up tennis again because it’s an attainable goal seeing that he enjoys it. Renaldo’s plays tennis at least twice a week over the last 6 months and plans on continuing to do so. In addition to eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day, Renaldo’s also working on limiting his consumption of red meat, fatty foods, and foods with a high content of sugar.
In relation to February’s wellness theme of Heart Health, Renaldo strives to keep his heart healthy by exercising consistently because his grandfather died of a heart attack. He aims to complete a variety of workouts at least four times a week including lifting weights, cardio, and playing tennis. He also participates in GHN’s classes and thanks the knowledgeable and exceptional staff. Renaldo’s favorite Get Healthy Now class offerings are ‘Fit in 30’ and Boot Camp.
What’s on Renaldo’s “Bucket List”? He wants to meet and chat with Jim Cramer at the New York Stock Exchange during trading hours.
Hip-hip-hooray to February’s Member of the Month, Renaldo Domoney!
Congratulations to Ginevra Courtade for being Get Healthy Now’s Member of the Month for January. This month’s theme is Healthy Resolutions. Keep reading to learn more about how Ginevra implements her healthy resolutions to keep her motivated while pursuing her health journey.
Ginevra has worked at U of L for over 7 years as an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Special Education. Her favorite hobbies are traveling, reading and wine tasting.
In the last 6 months, Ginevra increased her amount of time spent exercising per week. She has been participating in personal training sessions and has experienced improvements in her strength. During her personal training sessions, she focuses on her strength training and continues to strive to achieve her goals. She also improved her healthy eating habits by increasing her daily servings of vegetables and desires to keep exploring more options.
In relation to January’s wellness theme of Healthy Resolutions, Ginevra, ultimately, wants to increase her amount of time exercising outdoors. She is used to exercising indoors and wants to change it up to keep things exciting. Ginevra is very dedicated to her health journey by consistently visiting GHN and being a loyal Personal Training participant. She credits her motivation and dedication to the excellent Personal Training staff and programs offered by Get Healthy Now.
What’s on Ginevra’s “Bucket List”? She wants to go skydiving! Wow!
Hip-hip-hooray to January’s Member of the Month, Ginevra Courtade!