The Wheeling area is a wonderful place to live. The quality
of life here is second to none in the United States. We
have outstanding schools, a world-class park system, fine
medical resources, and great recreational opportunities.
However, the warm, wonderful, helpful people are what make
this area so exceptional.
Among those individuals who have contributed to the success
of our community health interventions, nobody has given
more than Judi Hladek. Judi exemplifies a selfless spirit
in her personal and professional life. As the founder of
the Wellness Bridge, a small and effective company dedicated
to promoting high-level wellness, Judi and her associates
work tirelessly to help others to live their lives more
fully. From the hundreds of clients whom Judi has counseled,
I have never heard anything but the utmost enthusiasm for
her work. Her clients have lost thousands of pounds through
good diet and regular walking. Judi realizes, however, that
she is merely helping people to tap into their own inner
strength. "I help bring out the balance and wholesome
attributes that my clients have within," she said.
Having a coach like Judi Hladek can help those attributes
to express themselves.
Judi brings the same dedication to assist WHEELING WALKS
as she does to her individual clients in the Wellness Bridge.
Whether WHEELING WALKS needs someone to deliver prescription
pads to physicians or to organize community walking programs,
Judi is consistently ready to assist. She certainly qualifies
as our most valued volunteer.
Judi Hladek continues to contribute to WHEELING WALKS.
Beginning on September 9, she will conduct a walking clinic
every Monday evening at the Wheeling Jesuit University track
from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The focus will be on walking, not
talking. Judi and her staff will offer walking tips to beginners
and support for everyone present. The Wellness Bridge staff
will answer questions about how to walk, when to walk, and
how to eat a diet that will provide adequate energy and
weight control. To sign up, call Judi at 740-633-4526. There
is no cost or obligation.
We live in an era of heightened societal awareness about
obesity. Therefore, people might want to come to Wheeling
to see what can be done to make a difference. We experienced
exceptional success with the low-fat milk campaign that
removed more than ten tons of fat from the milk consumed
annually in Wheeling. Now, we have demonstrated what can
be done to promote physical activity through WHEELING WALKS.
Our data demonstrate a 20% increase in walking, compared
to the levels in Wheeling prior to WHEELING WALKS. Every
week I receive a request from some other community requesting
information about transforming a community's physical activity
Much remains to be done if we are to improve our community's
wellness. Good health is a work in progress. Like a savings
account, we need to make daily deposits to see the balance
grow. Because of people like Judi Hladek, the growth is
easier and richer.
Isn't it time you started walking?
WVU Department of Community Medicine