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Tell us your story.

You inspire us! If you have made health a priority - quit smoking, lost weight, addressed a chronic condition - we want to hear from you. From all of the great stories, we pick 10 to publish and promote. Our 10 winners will each receive $250.

The next submission deadline is February 28, 2019.


Nathaniel City of Loveland, CO

I discovered I was diabetic from a work-sponsored annual blood draw. Soon after, I started to lose weight unexpectedly and found out I was in the beginning stages of ketoacidosis.

Sara - Escambia County School District, FL

I have struggled with weight my entire life and experience chronic foot pain, which deterred me from living an active lifestyle. I was in denial even after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, until the night before school started. That evening, I developed a severe kidney infection that lead to septicemia. For a month afterward, I felt sick, had little energy, and felt like diabetes was defeating me.

Merlin Lincoln Industries

My weight was above average for my height and I had a family history of elevated sugars and cholesterol. Still, I was startled when my doctor recommended I take Avandia for elevated glucose and Lipitor for elevated cholesterol.

Katie City of Sarasota, FL

Pregnancy changed my self-image more than anything ever has before. The body I once knew no longer felt the same. The indicators I used to keep my health on track became irrelevant. And over time, my personal health seemed to slide down my list of priorities. I didn’t look the way I wanted and certainly didn’t feel how I wanted to feel.

Karen Raymond James

I was overweight, diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, and my quality of life was low and only getting lower. I never knew how to get my health under control and needed more support than my primary care provider could give me.

Amanda Lane County

I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 16 years old. The curve in my back caused back and leg pain,
affected my balance, and made exercising difficult. Because of this, I struggled with motivation.

Hong Nelnet

During my health screening in 2017, I did not meet my BMI or weight goal. Carrying extra weight took a toll on my body. I felt fatigued, struggled with severe obstructive sleep apnea, and small tasks like tying my shoes were taxing.

Earnestine Boar's Head

I knew I was overweight and something had to be done. Obesity turned into pre-diabetes, joint pain, feeling sluggish, and overall just not feeling my best.

Dawn Trustmark National Bank

Before I began my health journey, I was not living life, I was merely existing. I didn’t even realize how bad I felt. I was tired all of the time, sluggish, had poor sleep, no energy, and was fighting depression and anxiety. I was very discouraged and had resigned myself to be overweight and sick for the rest of my life.

Arturo C&S Wholesale Grocers

I started having pain and it would not go away on its own. The pain started getting worse and would intensify after work. As a result, I felt tight and did not sleep well, which left me fatigued and without energy to play with my children. I was uncomfortable and unable to sit in one place for any period of time.