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CREATION Health Spotlight: Lorie Patzak – Finding Joy Again

My name is Lorie Patzak. I am the Employee Health, Safety & Wellness Manager for Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center.  I am pleased to share with you my CREATION Health journey. It has truly been a blessing.  Not too long ago, I was truly broken. I lost my mother, my best friend. She had custody of my 14 year old nephew, so when she died, I inherited him and my mom’s dog and I’m not really a dog lover. I then moved from Ohio to Florida and took a new job, then I got married and then my 2 adult sons decided to move to Florida and moved in with us. So here I am, newly married to a chef who loves to cook for me. I gained 15 pounds. I’m totally stressed out; my blood pressure is off the chart along with my weight. I’m battling depression, I’m not sleeping, and my relationships are suffering. I was a hot mess. But then we signed up for the 8 week CREATION Health series.  This was my “AH-HAH” moment. This was a life changing event for me to learn to deal with all of my challenges and live life to its fullest, to fulfill God’s plan for me for abundant life, emotionally, physically, spiritually and not just abundantly from the wonderful 5 course meals my husband was preparing for me.

Shortly after this I was placed in my new role as the Change Your Life with Florida Hospital champion with the role of implementing programs based on CREATION Health for our campus. I embraced it whole heartily. It saved my life. I’m off the three blood pressure medications I was taking. I have mended my relationships. I’m losing weight. I’m exercising regularly. I feel good, happy, and grateful to be alive. I want people to say, “Why is she so happy?” I want to be the FACE (Following After Christ’s Example) of CREATION Health. When they want to know why I’m so happy I just say, “Well come over here and let me tell you- C-R-E-A-T-I-O-N. It’s easy for me to coordinate activities for my 50 coaches, my foot soldiers, and my army of do-gooders with enthusiasm and positive energy because I’m living it. It works.

I am especially proud of the Live Fit Activity Challenge campaign that just wrapped-up on our campus. This is a great example of the culture shift that is going on just with the participation numbers alone. We have 72 teams and over 430 employees actively engaged. OSHA says that the biggest occupational hazard we face today is sitting behind a desk for 8 hours.  Many are faced with this hazard including me. When I think about my daily activities at work, I am hard pressed to find them. I did reach for a book off the shelf and I sped my fingers across my keyboard and then I did jump to a few conclusions. But really I’m guilty of stretching the truth about my daily activity. So getting everyone motivated to increase their cardiovascular activity is very encouraging.

All of these behavior changes begin with a change of heart and I am blessed to work with some of the biggest hearted people around. It’s not easy to change bad habits. You have to pick one thing to work on at a time. Inch by inch life is a cinch but yard by yard life is hard, so don’t try to take on too much at once. Remember its progress not perfection!

 

*CREATION Health is a set of health principles to promote the best health possible including body, mind, and spirit. It is based on Bible teachings and evidenced based health studies. Change Your Life with Florida Hospital is the official wellness program of the Florida Hospital East Florida Division. It was formed to offer CREATION Health and CREATION Health based programming to employees and the community.

To learn more about CREATION Health, take a look at our website or join one of the CREATION Health seminars.