Inspire Me Wellness Award
Thursday, Dec. 08, 2011
The Inspire Me Wellness Award, an award established to celebrate the ways individuals pursue and represent a healthy lifestyle, is coordinated by the Utah State University Wellness Program.
Each month, one employee (faculty or staff member) or student will be selected from the Inspire Me nominations.
Anyone on campus can nominate an employee or student who models a healthy lifestyle, has made significant changes in health behaviors, motivates others to make health improvements or has implemented a policy to help create a positive wellness culture at Utah State University.
Nomination forms are available on the Wellness website.
November Inspire Me Award Be Well: Adam Gleed
It was in February 2011 that Adam Gleed, IT systems administrator for the Utah State University Registrar’s office, made the decision to change his lifestyle.
“My wife and I made a joint decision to change our lifestyle,” Gleed said. “Your spouse is the one who has the most influence on you.”
He said he believes working in an office for eight or nine hours a day can take a toll on your body. Then going home to his kids, and trying to be a good father to them, and a good husband to his wife, was hard. There is often a lack of energy, he said.
“The way I was living my life physically was not working for me, so it was time to make a change,” Gleed said.
Since that point, Gleed has lost more than 50 pounds, and has been an active participant in the Wellness program at USU. Gleed has successfully completed four boot camps — a six-week workout program.
Dieting has also been a part of his weight loss, but Gleed doesn’t like to call it that because “if you go on diet that implies that you will eventually go off a diet.”
It’s really been gaining an understanding of food and how it affects one’s body that helped Gleed start his weight loss regiment.
His biggest thanks, though, is to the university and all the programs they offer.
“The university provides so many options for employees to be healthy,” Gleed said.
Gleed believes it’s been a change for good.
“My energy level has increased dramatically and I believe that coincides with happiness,” he said. “I’ve been a better employee, a better husband and a better father.”
Gleed said that he always has enjoyed the quote: “Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.”
That is what Gleed said he believes he is doing now – living.