Tobacco-Free and Healthier Weight, Thanks to Patience, Respect, Resources

Dave Haigh


Dave Haigh beforeGroup 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.

Dave Haigh after 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

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