Friday, October 15, 2010

VEGGIES IN THE NEWS: FARMER'S MARKET IN YOUR BUILDING'S LOBBY

This article is by my new hero -- Dr. Preston Maring -- who I've already blogged about .
(His website is listed at the right.)

WHY A FARMER'S MARKET BELONGS IN THE LOBBY OF YOUR OFFICE BUILDING
Beth Shafran-Mukai struggled with her weight for most of her life. By the time she reached her mid 30s, she weighed 245 pounds and had developed Type 2 diabetes. When she was 40, she started taking insulin every day and eventually started using an insulin pump to manage her condition.

Today, Shafran-Mukai, a colleague of mine at Kaiser Permanente, no longer needs insulin or any other medication for diabetes. Over the last three years, she has lost 120 pounds by changing her diet to include more fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly. Shafran-Mukai’s story shows that making healthy choices available to employees in all environments -- whether they are at home or at the office -- can make a big difference in supporting healthier lifestyles and individuals.

Every week, Shafran-Mukai stocks up on produce at a farmers market hosted by Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Clara Medical Center, where she leads labor relations in the human resources department. “At a certain point, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired all of the time,” she told me recently. 

2 comments:

  1. They do this in my lobby! Once a week you can buy fruits and veggies from local farmers.

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  2. The Hearst Building has got to be one of THE coolest places in the world to work. Hope you buy up at the market!

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