Elizabeth Stowell, a program assistant for the Directorate of Public Works, joined the Wellness Program in early December of 2015 and is already seeing results.
The program allows her three excused hours a week at the gym for up to 90 days. Stowell will complete the program in May.
What made you want to join the Wellness Program?
I joined because I live in Alamogordo and it makes my evenings more productive when I’m able to go to the gym during work. I have more time for my family when I come home.
What results have you seen?
I have more strength. Now I do more weights and it’s not just all cardio like I used to do before.
Who would you recommend this program to?
Everyone. Even if you don’t necessarily want to get in shape, it helps relieve stress.
How do you feel about the leadership taking interest in their employee’s health?
I think it’s great. Our direct leadership has been very supportive, which makes us happier employees, which makes us more productive.
What are some of the things you like to do now that you didn’t have an interest in before?
Weight training. I tried TRX (suspension training) that was a lot of fun, I wouldn’t have tried it if it wasn’t for the program.
Do you feel the program affects your workflow in any way?
I make sure my work is done. Getting to come to the gym relieves stress for me and allows me to be at work mentally and to be more productive at work.
Do you think there’s more the leadership could do to help develop the program further?
Increasing the amount of time, definitely. Letting the program go on longer. It would be better if it was a continuous thing instead of just nine months.
How satisfied are you with the program?
I’m very satisfied. It’s given me an opportunity to try different things I wouldn’t have tried.