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Wellness champs spread good health

March 30, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Tamara Bergman, engineering and applied sciences, is one of Western Michigan University's wellness champions--employees who inform other WMU employees about the resources available on campus to help them take charge of their health, improve energy levels and meet wellness goals.

Why would Bergman, a single mom with three active children, take on an unpaid position as a Western Wellness Champion?

"I had such a positive experience with my One-to-One wellness coach at a time when I really needed support, and I like to help others," she says. "My children are my greatest motivation when it comes to having a healthy lifestyle. When I'm physically active, I have more energy and enthusiasm to share with them and others."

Bergman tries to do a quick workout at the University's West Hills Athletic Club during lunch most weekdays. "It gets me through the rest of the day and makes me feel good about myself," she says.

A former cheerleader and a gym teacher wannabe, Bergman notes that she's excited about her new role as a Western Wellness Champion.

"It's not too time consuming, and it gives me a chance to meet others at our site and help them find ways to make health and wellness a priority," she says. "Being healthy is easier when it's a group effort."

For more information about becoming a Western Wellness Champion, contact Danna Downing, Western Wellness One-to-One coordinator at ddowning@holtynhpc.com or (269) 779-5453.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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