Wellness Warriors – February 2020
Name: Adrienne Wright
Department: Department of Neurology- Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases
Years of Service: 22 Years
Favorite hobbies? I love to dance, workout, travel, read and spend time with my family
How do you live a healthy lifestyle? I work out 4-5 days per week and make healthy dietary choices by trying to limit fat, sugar, meat, and dairy.
What inspires you to make healthier choices and live a healthy lifestyle? As an African American woman, a nurse and breast cancer survivor, I am keenly aware of all the health risks that could very easily overtake me. Most of the risks are modifiable, meaning risks that could be changed with a little bit of effort and consistency. Modifiable risks include being overweight, hypertension, type II diabetes, smoking, and high cholesterol.
Do you have a success story you would like to share? I have always tried to work out and maintain a healthy lifestyle but approximately two and a half years ago, life became a little rocky (as it can) and I began to eat for comfort. The scale quickly began showing me a number that I was very uncomfortable with. I began intermittent fasting and started on the Ketogenic diet to put myself back on track. I stayed on the keto diet for about 4 weeks but I continue to intermittent fast. I lost a total of thirty pounds. For me, living healthy and maintaining a healthy weight is a lifestyle that requires a consistent look at my diet and my exercise plan. I am constantly changing my workouts because I get bored and my muscles have memory! Currently, I do Body Combat, weight lifting, and working out in the pool, at GHF. I also power walk.
The Wellness Warrior Award is a peer-nominated recognition of individuals on the UF-UF Health campuses who make strides to live better by making healthier choices. The award is an acknowledgment of the determination and dedication it takes to live a well and healthy lifestyle. Wellness Warriors are individuals who lead by example, encouraging those around them to also make healthier choices.