Now that the 2015 version of the DMC 61 Day Health Challenge has gone into the record books, it’s time to step back for a moment and count our blessings.
Starting, of course, with the remarkable saga of the DMC’s own Imana “Mo” Minard – the skilled and dedicated MSN-RN who in recent years has managed the Emergency Department and Clinical Decision Unit here on the midtown campus of the Detroit Medical Center.
Some background: When the 2015 Challenge (“Less Sugar, More Steps, Eat More Fruit!”) kicked off last Halloween, Mo Minard made headlines by announcing that she’d taken the “Pledge” to improve her health by avoiding empty calories from soda pop, candy, doughnuts and other junk foods, while also exercising more.
She meant it, too.
After only six weeks of her new regimen, the upbeat and enthusiastic Ms. Minard had lost 24 pounds and reported that it was “getting easier all the time” to say no to the French fries and the chocolate-with-caramel candy bars that had helped to trigger her unhealthy obesity in recent years.
And guess what?
Ten weeks after the launch of the third annual DMC Challenge, Ms. Minard says that she has now lost 39 pounds . . . and that she’s determined to drop an astonishing 100 pounds of flab by the time this year’s Challenge gets underway in late October.
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s hear a round of applause for Mo Minard!
Interestingly enough, the hard-working DMC ER manager says she’s also been greatly encouraged by the interest other Detroit-area residents have been showing in her successful weight-loss and exercise gains.
“I’ve really been amazed by the responses I’ve been getting,” Mo told me the other day. “In recent weeks, I’ve gotten more than 500 responses on my Instagram page, with many people saying they’re interested in learning more about the health benefits to be obtained by saying no to sugar and yes to exercise.
“The response has been so exciting, in fact, that I just changed my Instagram page [address] to: mo_is_melting_away!
Ms. Minard also says she’s now more convinced than ever that “education is the key to improving health” . . . and that the yearly DMC Challenge is rapidly becoming a powerfully effective program throughout the Detroit area for people who understand that eating better and exercising more are essential elements in a winning strategy to reduce our risk of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
“The journey I’m on is a journey toward a healthier life,” says Ms. Minard – and as a medical doctor and hospital president, I can tell you for sure that those words of hers are music to these ears.
Here’s wishing Ms. Minard – and all the rest of us – a happy and healthy 2016, as we keep on watching what we eat and taking more steps each day.
To learn more about the DMC Challenge and how you can continue to benefit by eating better and exercising more during 2016, just click on www.dmc.org/61days.