The Reali family, Eileen is pictured with glasses.
Health and wellness have always been on my mind, but somehow not generally in my diet in the last few years. I have managed to improve some areas of wellness in my life along the way. In the past few years, I’ve improved my sleep habits, and I now get at least 6-7 hours of restful sleep as opposed to the 2-3 hours of tossing and turning that used to be my normal sleep pattern. Still, the numbers on my scale did not go in the right direction. "There's Always Tomorrow" seemed to be my mantra. Tomorrow I will go to the gym; tomorrow I will eat better; tomorrow I will do whatever I don’t want to do today.
Well, tomorrow came earlier this year. I committed to going to the gym three mornings a week, and I haven't missed a 5 a.m. session yet! In the spirit of exercise and helping a very good cause, I also organized a Walk for Lymphoma and had 50 members of my “family” raise money while enjoying a walk around the Phoenix Zoo.
I’ve made the commitment to improve my health not just for myself, but for my family too. Family for me doesn't just include blood relatives. For over 20 years I have called Mayo Clinic my work family. I spend 40 hours a week with this extended family and I include them in my health commitment. I work closely with a group of health-minded radiology nurses and I tap into their positive health habits. Together we commit to bringing in healthy snacks and treats, plan healthy fund-raising events for the department, share tips for healthy habits, and encourage each other along the way.
My extended family of healthy minded individuals at Mayo Clinic is growing exponentially! Early in 2017, Mayo Clinic’s Chief Nursing Officer, Teresa Connolly asked me to join a new group at Mayo Clinic Arizona, and the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Committee was started. Mayo Clinic then became a Champion partner with the American Nurses Association on the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge (HNHN). Mayo Clinic Arizona has 330 people participating in HNHN and we are working to increase that number in 2018. My Mayo Clinic family is joining others across the country by making a commitment to improve the health of our nurses and ultimately the health of our nation.
My immediate family also has a renewed desire for healthier living, and they have been an inspiration in helping me to realize that there are more important things to focus on than the numbers on my scale. These include: eating healthy, getting enough rest, spending time with family and friends, and making a difference in the lives of those around you. These are the important things that I should be focusing on in 2018.
I am confident that 2018 will be a year of continued commitment to ourselves and our families to improve our health and wellness. Today is the new tomorrow, and I renew my commitment to healthier living each day. I pray that we will all truly have a happy and healthy new year.
Happy New Year from my family to yours!”
Eileen Reali, BSN RN RN-BC
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