WHY GROUP HEALTH? MEMBERS SAY IT BEST
Tobacco-Free and Healthier Weight, Thanks to Patience, Respect, Resources
Group Health has been looking after my medical needs for the better part of 30 years. Over that time, I have received quality care from my providers. I have been treated with respect, even though I was the polar opposite of a healthy person. My doctors have each been positive influences on me, even though it took time.
When I came to Group Health, I was a smoker and was obese. I did not live, or care to live, a healthy life. Still, I received quality care. Over the years, my medical team has taken all of my conditions seriously. They educated me without talking down to me, and because of that, I listened.
I am proud to say that with Group Health's support and the Free & Clear® Quit for Life® program, I have not smoked for over 10 years and now enjoy a higher quality of life. That was only the start, however. I have just accomplished a major goal. After being diagnosed with diabetes in 2000, I knew that my weight problems had caught up with me. I received care and coaching from a nutrition coach. At that time, I weighed more than 340 pounds. I have always been big. I weighed 160 as a 10-year-old and 250 at age 16, so this has always been a challenge. Group Health and its doctors have always stuck by me.
And it worked. As of yesterday, I weighed 183 pounds, and I feel great. Thank you, and please know that your organization is working.
POSTED: August 2009