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.