Wellness Coaching Success Stories

Amy's story:


Amy Fordham

Thanks to my involvement in the wellness coaching program offered by Get Healthy Now and participation in aerobics classes offered on campus, I am extremely happy to say that I am healthier, have more energy, and have a much better quality of life. A year ago, I wasn’t exercising on a regular basis, nor did I have good eating habits. Over the past 8 years, I’d put on 40 pounds and didn’t have the knowledge or willingness to do anything about it until last January. That’s when I started taking aerobics classes 3-4 times a week and working with Brooke Banet, Wellness Coach Coordinator for Get Healthy Now.

The wellness coaching program was exactly the support that I needed. It has given me the opportunity to follow a program that focuses on my specific goals and needs.  I now have the knowledge and tools to eat balanced meals throughout the day so that I get the proper nutrients that my body needs. Plus, I’m exercising on a regular basis, and the trick for me was to find things I enjoy doing.

Over the past year, I’ve lost 20 pounds, and even better, I’m still continuing along the healthy eating and exercise path and look forward to losing another 20+ pounds this year.

I can honestly say that my success is primarily thanks to the support of Get Healthy Now, and especially the wellness coaching program. It has given me the mental support and encouragement I’ve needed, which has boosted my confidence throughout this past year tremendously!

Overall, I am extremely grateful to work at the University and truly value the free access to  a wellness coaching program and affordable aerobics classes. I truly don’t know what I would have done this past year without them.


Matt and Brenda's story:

Matt & Brenda's Before and After

In 2009, Brenda and Matt both started working for UofL, and immediately joined the Get Healthy Now program.  Over the next year, with the help of their empowered health coaches, they started to better understand concepts like nutrition and fitness. But for Matt, it still was not fully clicking. He was at Holiday World in the summer of 2010 when he hit rock bottom. Unable to go on a children’s ride with his son, Matt decided in that moment that he was not going to miss out on anything with his kids because of his weight.

On Labor Day 2010, Brenda and Matt started a complete lifestyle change. A family member had been successful with the "P90X" workouts, so Matt & Brenda decided to start that fitness training program, too. The intense workouts are what this program is famous for, but there is a comprehensive nutritional component to the program as well. With a new-found dedication to this program, both Matt and Brenda remember being extremely sore during this time, but they took rest days, focused on their goals, and held each other accountable.  In retrospect, "it was completely worth it," they said.

Equally important as the workouts, this dynamic duo started noticing significant changes when they cleaned up their eating habits.  With the help of GHN, they immediately cut out soda and refined sugars, and with many baby steps, today they now practice a whole-foods, plant-based diet.

"It" finally clicked for this committed pair in 2010. This is not a diet or a fitness routine, this is a complete lifestyle change, and because of it, they have passed on healthy eating and lifestyle habits to their two boys.  As Matt says, "If I lead by example, maybe my children will not ever have to deal with the challenges of an unhealthy lifestyle."

To this day, Brenda and Matt wake up at 4:00 AM to complete one of their workouts. They have a variety of options to choose from, like P90X, Insanity, Asylum, Crossfit, TRX, etc., which helps keep physical activity fun and engaging. Congratulations to Matt and Brenda for investing in a healthy future for themselves and their family!!! We are so proud to share your story and offer programs that encourage UofL employees.

If you're reading this and ready for change, we encourage you to take the leap to REV UP YOUR RESOLUTIONS for the new year and kick off a healthy lifestyle! Let Get Healthy Now help you along the way.


Statistic Brenda Matt
Weight Lost
67 lbs.
104 lbs.
Pant Size:
16 to an 8
44 to a 32
Shirt Size:
XL to M
XXL to Med
Blood Pressure:
n/a from 123/95 to 109/68
Total Cholesterol
149 to 99
HDL n/a 31 to 38
LDL n/a 80 to 55
Triglycerides n/a 170 to 66
Resting Heart Rate
n/a 79 bpm to 53 bpm


Tom's story:

Tom Blackburn on 84 mile bike ride between Louisville and Lexington

Tom Blackburn, Professor of Law at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law says:

“I am enthusiastic about what the Wellness Coaching Internship program has done (and is doing) for me. My wellness coach intern, Sumit Gupta, created a powerful partnership, where I was able to achieve more than I could have achieved alone.”

“I can tell you that I made a lot of progress in my first experience with Wellness Coaching:

  • I lost more than 12 pounds,
  • I dropped my body fat percentage about two percent,
  • And more importantly, I developed much better exercise and eating habits.

On April 16th, 2011, I completed a 71 mile bicycle ride, the Red Bud Ride, under difficult conditions.  I am very proud of that accomplishment.”

“As well, my wife (Rosemary) was motivated to improve her eating and exercise habits because of the progress I was making in the Wellness Coaching program.  Sumit offered to let her join our program, but she preferred to participate from a distance - she rode the 30 mile route of the Redbud Ride and that was probably a greater accomplishment for her than my ride of the 71 mile course was for me.”

“Thank you for letting me participate—I benefited a lot from the experience and appreciate the personal, professional, and effective attention that I received from Sumit.”

“This is PART 1, because I am continuing the wellness coaching process and there will definitely be PART 2.”