The Kentucky Employees' Health Plan is featuring Champions who are dedicated ambassadors in health and wellness. These individuals strive to increase engagement, make healthier choices and inspire others while utilizing the benefits and tools KEHP has provided.
January 2018 Spotlight Champ
Our Spotlight Champion for January is Hayley Franklin. Hayley works at the Three Rivers District Health Department where she serves as the Community Health Educator. Hayley is very passionate about health and wellness because she believes taking care of yourself physically is one of the most gratifying things we can do. No matter your status, gender, or race, Hayley believes that each person has the right to have full control of his or her health. Hayley is a constant motivator to others and loves to hear people tell her, "thank you, for motivating me to get healthy."
Within her role as the Community Health Educator, Haley creates and maintains challenges for employees. They are constantly in motion. When one challenge is ending, another one is starting. Winners from the challenges receive certificates in front of the entire staff. Employees who surpass to another level receive Go365 buttons.
Hayley participated in the Twany Beckham 30- day challenge and picked as one of the Grand Prize Winners. She has already begun training for this coming Kentucky Derby Marathon and plans to complete the entire race. Hayley has reached platinum status and loves her Brooks running shoes that she was able to purchase with her Go365 bucks. Hayley says, "I will never regret a workout but I will regret skipping one."
December 2017 Spotlight Champ
Our Spotlight Champion for December is Jackie Cole. Jackie works at the Pike County Health Department where he serves as the Environmental Health Director. Jackie’s motivation with wellness comes from always being told that he was fat and his blood work results usually over the high side of normal. He is now an avid runner who has ran over 5,000 miles and is closing in on his 41st consecutive month of 100 or more miles per month. Jackie has reached Platinum status and over the last 3 years, has earned over $1,500 in Amazon gift cards by utilizing the Go365 program. Part of Jackie’s job at the Health Department is to set up and help conduct biometric screening events (BMI, Cholesterol, Glucose, & Blood Pressure). In doing the biometric screenings, Jackie found himself puzzled over the health conditions of the individuals he was seeing. He decided to take matters into his own hands. Jackie got started with Belfry High School and its feeder schools. Over the summer, he formed a group to try to combat the health issues with KEHP members in Pike County. This group started out with about 50 members who had access to a private Facebook group to exchange wellness idea, learn about diet and exercise and participate in daily challenges. Members in this group also encouraged other KEHP members to join in the activities. Another Biometric Screening event for members took place at the end of the summer. As he had hoped, the individuals who participated in the group had really changed their lifestyle. Jackie and his team saw biometric screening numbers changed in a positive way. Many great friendships formed and there was quite a buzz in the school community about the Belfry County Go365 group. Jackie’s goals are to continue to get healthier, make even better food choices, tighten up his core and be the best possible runner that he can be. “In the end, it’s your run and yours alone. Others can run it with you, but no one can run it for you. In Pike County, I am willing to “run it” with anyone that desires my help, but in the end, they have to be the one that chooses to make that lifestyle change.” – Jackie Cole
November 2017 Spotlight Champ
Our Spotlight Champion for November is Michelle Heightchew. Michelle works in Human Resources at the Kentucky Department of Corrections-Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LLCC), where her main focus is in recruitment and staff wellness. Having a passion for health and wellness, Michelle has been highly involved in Go365 for several years now and has become a top ambassador for the program.
Michelle says that her overall wellness goal is "to be the best
me possible...physically, mentally and emotionally." Each day for her is a new day to find innovative ways that keep her on this wellness path. Before finding the support and encouragement she now receives from both KEHP and Go365, her weight had reached an all-time high of 300 lbs. Michelle now credits her 150 lb. weight loss and her positive attitude to these two programs. "In living a healthier life, I have become so much more efficient at home and at work." When Michelle recently had some health setbacks, she credits the learning tools and resources that were available to her through KEHP for getting her back on the right track.
Michelle takes full advantage of the Go365 program and all that it has to offer. For instance, she was able to purchase her Fitbit by using her Go365 Bucks and finds that she enjoys competing in the many challenges Go365 has to offer. As a strong advocate of KEHP's resources and programs, she introduces them to all incoming staff at her workplace. With her recent new position at LLCC, she has the opportunity to create and facilitate a staff wellness program.
Michelle believes that each individual should "focus on creating and practicing good habits . . . motivation only gets you started."