In today’s edition of Paging Dr. Eadie, I’d like to begin by telling you about an outstanding Detroit Medical Center (DMC) professional named Imana “Mo” Minard.
Ms. Minard is the highly skilled MSN-RN who for the past several years has been managing both the Emergency Department and the Clinical Decision Unit here at the DMC.
She has impressive credentials and a well-earned reputation as a savvy manager who never loses her cool, regardless of the situation in the Emergency Department.
But I’m also quite impressed by a recent personal decision Ms. Minard made – the decision to join this year’s 61 Day Health Challenge, so she can begin losing some of that extra weight she says she hasn’t enjoyed carrying around with her during the past few years.
To show you why I’m excited for her, please let me back up for a second and explain a couple of things.
First of all you should know that 42-year-old Mo Minard is an accomplished healthcare professional . . . a disciplined manager with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nursing. (She also spent more than ten years as an emergency paramedic with the City of Detroit Fire Department, so you know she’s a veteran pro with the courage and the savvy required to take care of business in any emergency setting.)
Mo’s tough, for sure.
But just like the rest of us, she’s also very human.
And when her beloved father, Tony Moore, died suddenly a couple of years back, Mo went into an extended period of agonizing grief.
As she struggled to come to terms with her shattering loss, she took comfort wherever she could.
“Food can be very comforting,” Mo was explaining just the other day, “and it never talks back to you. You can always count on it to be there when you need it. And while I was struggling with my dad’s death, I ate almost constantly.”
After more than two years of this excessive over-eating, Mo says she’s now afraid to get on the scale: “I can’t face what I know it will tell me,” she explained with a sigh of alarm. “I’m sure I’ve gained 50-60 pounds, and I must be up near 300 pounds, at this point.”
In recent months, however, Mo has become increasingly determined to start shedding the excess poundage. “I’m tired of feeling uncomfortable all the time,” she says, “and I know that being this overweight is very bad for my overall health.”
A bummer, right? But it’s easy to imagine the bright flash of hope that Mo experienced a few weeks ago when she learned about the DMC 61 Day Health Challenge.
(The annual Challenge, in case you haven’t heard yet, is a two-month period – November through December – in which Detroit-area residents both young and old take a special pledge to eat better, exercise more and learn more about good health and nutrition.)
This year’s Challenge will begin with a special KICK OFF gala event at the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Auditorium in midtown Detroit, from ten a.m. to noon on Friday, October 30.
As Mo Minard discovered only recently, the Challenge was launched at DMC Harper Hospital a few years back, when I and a few of my colleagues realized that if we could help participants to avoid excess sugar and fried foods – while also eating more healthy fruit, exercising more and learning more about nutrition – all of us working together might be able to help make a dent in the so-called “obesity epidemic.”
This year’s Challenge Motto says it all, my friends: Less sugar, more steps, EAT MORE FRUIT!
As always, this year’s KICK OFF will be marked by the high-energy participation of our 2015 “Challenge Community Partners” – all of whom will be taking this year’s Challenge Pledge. There will also be plenty of music, along with some upbeat presentations by different groups who are vowing to join the Challenge.
The gala Oct. 30 event is sure to be lots of fun . . . and Mo Minard says she can’t wait for the action to begin.
“As a professional healthcare provider, I know that education is the key to better health,” she said the other day, “and I’m excited about the opportunity to take part in this year’s Challenge.
“For several months now, I’ve been telling myself: You can do it, Mo. You can do this. Don’t be afraid of failure. If you slip once or twice, that’s okay . . . because with the 61 Day Challenge, recovery can always begin at your very next mealtime.
“Right now I’m feeling very optimistic about taking the Pledge – see you October 30th at the KICK OFF!”
[To learn more about the KICK OFF event, contact Tonita Cheatham at 313-966-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.]