Working Together to Reach Health Goals

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Standing only 5-foot, 1-inch tall and weighing 135 pounds, it’s difficult to imagine Donna McClure used to be overweight. Sixteen years ago, she weighed 240 pounds. After struggling with obesity and other health challenges, McClure decided to make a life change. She had bariatric surgery, began eating healthy and exercising.

“I have a lot of empathy for those who are overweight," McClure said. "I have been there, done that, carried that load and now I can be a cheerleader for others.”

In January, the registered nurse was hired as the City’s Wellness Coordinator to work with all departments to give employees the tools they need to live healthier lifestyles.

Every Monday, she emails staff a weekly newsletter with advice on nutrition, exercise and even includes motivational videos. There’s also details on various free events taking place across City facilities from blood pressure checks to McClure’s Wellness Wednesday lunch meetings.

McClure has partnered with the Health District. Director of Public Health Annette Rodriguez started a health program in 2011 in an effort to create a culture of wellness. Many Health District employees have lost and maintained their weight; improved their blood pressure readings, blood glucose levels, and body mass index; and increased their physical activity.

Recently, McClure visited with employees from Street Operations about ways they can take charge of their health. The group started walking together and are now seeing results in weight loss! They enjoy challenging and supporting one another through this new journey.

“They have momentum," McClure said. "They’re losing weight, they’re losing inches, they’re doing great and all I had to do is spark something by giving the group ideas about changing old habits. There’s a need out there and people find out it’s fun.”

McClure visits departments to talk about ways employees can improve their lifestyle. For more information call ext. 3626 or by email at donnam@cctexas.com.