Dorey Demers, RN, (left) is a wellness nurse lead at the University of Vermont Medical Center where she works in Employee Wellness and Employer Health Management.

Dorey Demers, RN, (left) is a wellness nurse lead at the University of Vermont Medical Center where she works in Employee Wellness and Employer Health Management.

I have always been an active person. When I was young, I was involved in sports and as I grew up I enjoyed going to local spin classes and enjoying all that Vermont has to offer recreationally. About four years ago, I met my husband and his two children. My world was turned upside down. I had found my family — one with which I knew I would spend the rest of my life.

And then I fell into the trap. I started caring for everyone in my family without making sure to take care of myself. I gained so much in my life…unfortunately, I gained weight as well.

When I started working at the UVM Medical Center, I was thrilled to learn about all the offerings to help me get back into exercising. When the Couch-to-5k program was announced, I knew this would be a perfect opportunity for me.

The Program was AMAZING for someone like me: I needed to slowly add exercise into my life. Each week, I added more and more minutes to my exercise routine. With great support from Corey Cenate, wellness coach at the UVM Medical Center and through weekly emails and classes, I was able to successfully complete the program. In addition, I participated in the 2014 Corporate Cup Challenge with two of my coworkers and we finished in seventh place overall.

The best advice I could give to someone thinking about participating in a 5k run or walk, is honestly to join this program. It allowed me to be successful. I was able to see progress every week without overwhelming myself. There was built-in social support with a group of individuals all striving toward the same goal. All of these aspects make this program a perfect fit for anyone — the avid runner/walker, the newbie or that person just returning to exercise.

Ready to run your first 5K? Read the blog article “Get Moving: How to Run Your First 5K” to get started today!

Dorey Demers, RN, is a wellness nurse lead at the University of Vermont Medical Center where she works in Employee Wellness and Employer Health Management. She lives in Saint Albans with her husband, stepson, stepdaughter, and dog.

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