“I’m not alone.”
That’s what Hudson Valley BetterU participant Ana Rodriguez (pictured far left in blue) shared following a seminar with her fellow BetterU women this morning, citing the positive emotional impact of participation as key.
“It doesn’t matter what we look like, or where we’re from…we all have a lot in common,” said Rodriguez, who noted the wide range of backgrounds, experiences, ages and stages of the current BetterU class as inspiring.
Today, the focus of the BetterU gathering was Psychosocial Approaches to Heart Health, presented by Lubna Somjee, Ph.D., Psychologist and Executive Coach. Much of the discussion focused on creating new mindful habits in connection with eating. Participants were encouraged to “challenge unhealthy, inaccurate, or self-limiting thoughts, use a blueprint to break the chain [of bad habits] and maintain a healthy lifestyle.” Each woman began work on a “Healthy Living Blueprint” as well.
The camaraderie and support among this group of BetterU participants was evident as they chatted happily about planning a group red dress shopping trip when the time is right.
April Dawn Shinske is the American Heart Association – Eastern States Regional Director for Internal Communications.