After the destruction of my home and the loss of both of my parents following Hurricane Michael, my life was in shambles and my stress through the roof. My wife and I were living in a Federal Emergency Management Agency camper with no oven. We ate junk food and had no time for exercise. Our days involved going to work, repairing the house, and going to bed on an uncomfortable camper mattress.

This continued until our annual visit to the Bay Educators Wellness Center. The Marathon Health team shared that my glucose and cholesterol levels were high, and we discussed strategies to get them back within a normal range. I was shocked. Even though I knew my current lifestyle was destructive, the results emphasized that I needed to make some changes.

My wife and I began to exercise regularly, eat healthier foods, and bought a new mattress so we could get a good night’s rest. As a result, the next time we went for a checkup at the center, my glucose and cholesterol levels were back within the normal range! I feel much better, both physically and mentally, knowing that I have reduced my risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart attack. I am enjoying life, and find myself happier, more alert, and more productive both at home and at work.

Get a regular checkup and be sure to listen to your provider’s advice. It is never too late to be healthy. Trust me, I’ve been there, and unhealthy is not a good place to be.