Healthy Me Testimonial: Patrick Raney

In the fall, I was walking home from work when I tripped on an uneven sidewalk and fractured my left wrist. This is where my journey begins. The unfortunate event turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it forced me to reevaluate my state of health.

For years I focused on caring for others while neglecting to take care of myself, so I decided it was time to join the Healthy Me program. I met with a registered dietitian and Healthy Me coach. They both helped me create a fitness and nutrition care plan. I began a low-impact workout routine, working out for 20 minutes three times per week. Now, just five months later, I am working out for 30-40 minutes four to five times per week, and working with a personal trainer through Healthy Me doing exercises I never thought I would be capable of completing. My bi-monthly fitness tests have improved dramatically every time as well. In fact, I am actually testing at an age younger than my actual age in some categories.

I also enjoy attending the Healthy Me support group. The group has opened me up to new forms of exercise that I now love, such as Tai Chi, and it serves as a platform for me to share my story and inspire others through coach-guided discussions.

By following my care plan, I have lost 32 pounds, gained healthier habits and a more positive attitude. My experience with the Healthy Me program has been excellent. The care team I have in place is courteous, professional, encouraging and always challenging me to obtain goals. They follow up with compassion, teaching and advice that has helped make this healing process become manageable.

My one piece of advice to anyone seeking to change something about their life: Get started. Don’t let fear keep you frozen to the point where a problem may get out of control. Find courage to tackle problems/issues one at a time. You will feel accomplished, and pretty soon that mountain of trouble will disappear. If you see me and want to know more, I am willing to share. Be well, blessed and encouraged my friends.

Eskenazi Health Healthy Me is a free healthy lifestyle-management program offered to all Eskenazi Health patients and employees. Healthy Me supports individuals of all ages who are looking to improve their overall health and well-being.