Weight, Gains Confidence
By Roishina C. Henderson
Jan Lister traded in the chocolate treats for carrot
sticks and rice cakes. And because she made such healthy decisions,
she’s 20 pounds lighter and has a significantly lower cholesterol
Her new eating habits paid off in a few months after she joined Hartsfield-Jackson’s
2008 Health & Wellness campaign. The theme was “Keeping
Balance -- One Step at a Time.”
“It got to the point that I wasn’t feeling comfortable,
and my clothes weren’t feeling right,” said Lister, Landside
Operations’ Customer Service administrator. “This health
campaign came at the right time, because I had been complaining about
myself for too long. Here was the opportunity to do something, and
my incentive was to win that money. So, I walked.”
Now, Lister is two dress sizes smaller – and $225 richer.
The annual campaign, which lasted from January to May, was filled
with activities. They included a health fair, walking contest (pedometers
were distributed to participants) and aerobic “happy hour”
sessions, where Department of Aviation employees exercised for about
an hour two days a week.
An awards luncheon was the culminating event, where
Lister won the top monetary prize for having lost the most weight
among the 54 participants in the Weight Loss Challenge.
“I walked all [six] concourses every day at work, and then I
started walking my two dogs on the weekends,” she said.
Along with becoming more active, Lister stored diet
food in the break room refrigerator to help maintain her calorie intake.
Before she knew it, her physique began to shrink and her pockets grew
from the money saved she normally spent on lunch.
“I feel great, and I feel healthier and look better,”
said Lister, who recently bought new clothes for the first time in
about a year and joined a gym. “Next step is tone up and work