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Cary Anderson

Helping your employees to have a healthy balanced life is the best thing you can do to improve the performance of your organization. At Main Street Financial FCU we spent as much time on this as we did on credit union training. The payoff was energized employees which leads to better member service.

Anthony Demangone

Brilliant stuff, Cary. If you have time, I'd love to hear about how you went about that. Many thanks for sharing.

Harry L. Metz, Jr.


I enjoyed your piece and the video on exercise. It is especially poignant to me. In spring 2007 I decided to “get back in shape” and joined Gold’s Gym. I noticed immediate improvement in my health and well being.

In May 2011, I started feeling poorly but assumed it was a cold. After several weeks of “wifely advice” I went to the doctor to treat the cold only to learn I had a heart murmur. The murmur turned out to be a damaged mitral valve. This problem was due to a congenital defect that appears to have been aggravated by stress. The doctors were not able to understand how I was able to function until I explained my work out history and my overall physical conditioning was better understood.

On July 7, 2011 , I underwent open heart surgery to repair the damaged valve. On July 8th I had to undergo a second surgery to correct a bleeding issue. However, within days I was up and walking around the hospital and was discharged on July 14th. I was back in the gym in less than 3 weeks and back at work in one month.

This past Saturday (1/7/2012) marked six months since the surgery. I workout 30-45 minutes, six days a week. My last cardiologist visit revealed my heart is functioning at the level of an 18 year old. There are no signs related to the damaged valve or the surgeries.

The doctors indicated that I could easily have died from my condition. I was complaining that my bench press reps had declined. That is a difference that is well worth 30 minutes a day.

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Work-life balance should really be the priority right now. It makes the employees more productive.

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Employees are more productive when they are not stressed. A healthy amount of pressure is ok but overstretching is counterproductive.

Cheryl Hart

Walking is the first step to a healthy lifestyle. One step and you are on the road to learning to exercise and who knows you may learn to love it. Learning how to balance work and home is key. You need to balance stress and learn how to be productive without it.

BTW Anthony, contgrat on your promotion - well deserved!!

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