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Living Well Profile: Caitlin Kiley

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Name: Caitlin Kiley
Job: Associate Director of Annual Giving
Hobbies: Running, Crafts, Knitting, Watching College Sports, Reading, Walking my dogs
Family:  My husband, Kevin – Asst. Lacrosse Coach, and our two dogs live in an apartment in downtown Lexington . We can walk everywhere, which is awesome.
How long have you been at W&L? My husband and I came to W&L in September of 2011.
What do you do to Live Well?  I run 4-5 times a week. Last summer we got a CSA vegetable share through payroll deduction and have been eating a lot of new vegetables that I would have been too scared to purchase on my own at the grocery store. In June I was able to get a treadmill desk in my office and last month I walked over 50 miles while at work! Our dogs always need walking too, so that keeps me moving on a daily basis.
Any tips for someone trying to establish a healthier routine? You just have to start. Little changes turn into habits which lead to big changes.
Have you always exercised regularly? I played sports in high school but during and after college my exercising went way downhill. I started running in 2009; at first I hated it but I stuck with it and now I can’t stand going more than a day without a run.
What is the best benefit you get from healthy choices? Feeling stronger physically and mentally. Loose clothing isn’t too bad either!
Did you meet the 300 points in the last year’s Live Well program?  If so, how difficult was it to reach the 300 point goal? Yes. It was not difficult since you get points for things you should be doing any way like doctor’s and dentist’s appointments. The Challenges give you new ways to push yourself and I found the monthly questionnaires were always interesting.

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Living Well Profile: Ryan Riggs

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Name: Ryan Riggs
Job: Assistant Wrestling Coach
Hobbies: Painting and Drawing
Family: Parents, Dave Riggs and Amanda Daugherty; Siblings, Angie, Jamie, and Clint
How long have you been at W&L? 2nd year
What do you do to Live Well?  Discipline, doing the things you don’t want to do when you don’t feel like doing them.
Any tips for someone trying to establish a healthier routine? Have healthy foods available in your home, take time for yourself to exercise, and regulate your sleep.
Have you always exercised regularly? Yes
What is the best benefit you get from healthy choices? Teaching students to be disciplined and create healthy thinking and beliefs. This will allow opportunities for us to grow and develop.
Did you meet the 300 points in the last year’s Live Well program?  If so, how difficult was it to reach the 300 point goal? Yes, it is a good challenge. The Live Well program is a great way to document and track the daily choices you make. This makes me aware of my habits and gives me direction to make healthy choices.

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Living Well Profile: Tim Cole

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 Name: Tim Cole
Job: Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach
Hobbies: www.tannernewsy.com, reading, imagining, soapboxing.
How long have you been at W&L? 3 years
What do you do to Live Well?  Run, lift weights, hike, play volleyball, dance, pace on the phone, perform electronic dance music, play tennis poorly, run from paperwork.
Any tips for someone trying to establish a healthier routine? Human beings use energy to make energy!  Don’t be afraid of wearing yourself out – after the first week you have more energy.  Also, a regular sleep schedule helps greatly, as does a workout partner for motivation on “off days”.
Have you always exercised regularly?   All my life.
What is the best benefit you get from healthy choices?  High energy, high brain function, the ecstasy of physical exertion, my girlfriend thinks I’m cute.
Did you meet the 300 points in the last year’s Live Well program?  If so, how difficult was it to reach the 300 point goal?   YES!  It was a breeze.

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Living Well Profile: Harlan Beckley

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Name: Harlan Beckley
Job:  Director, Shepherd Program on Poverty and Human Capability
Hobbies: Walking and jogging and reading and writing about ethics and poverty
Family: My wife, Debby, and I recently celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary and we have three grown children in New York, Philadelphia, and Managua.
How long have you been at W&L?  Thirty-eight years
What do you do to Live Well? I exercise and try to eat well and receive preventive care.
Any tips for someone trying to establish a healthier routine? Exercise regularly
Have you always exercised regularly? Yes.
What is the best benefit you get from healthy choices?  I feel better when I take care of my health and  I am more productive as an employee and as a family member, friend, and citizen.
Did you meet the 300 points in the last year’s Live Well program?  If so, how difficult was it to reach the 300 point goal?   I received the 300 points. The hardest part was filling out the form to receive the points.

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Living Well Profile: Lisa Rodocker

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Name: Lisa Rodocker
Job:  Assistant Director, Law Admissions
Hobbies:  Travel, Reading, Cooking, Spending time with friends and family
Family:  Husband Jason, (also works at W&L).  We also have a 10-month old dog, Bandit. 
How long have you been at W&L?  I originally worked at W&L in the Center for International Education during the 2006-2007 school year.  I left to earn my graduate degree, and returned to the Law School in the fall of 2011.
What do you do to Live Well? For me, finding a daily balance and creating a manageable routine are both important.  I try to make sure that even busy work days include some time spent with family and friends, as well as personal time for exercising or just enjoying life in Lexington.  I’ve also found that I feel much better if I get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, so I try to make sure that happens no matter what.
Any tips for someone trying to establish a healthier routine?  Again, for me a manageable routine is critical.  I do much better at sticking to my exercise and my healthy eating goals if I take some time at the beginning of the week to think about what I have going on and plan both for meals as well as for the best times to run or go to the gym.  We also adopted a dog from the SPCA in February, and a wonderful side benefit of that is all of the additional walking I am doing!
Have you always exercised regularly?  I swam and played soccer through high school.  Since then, I’ve started hiking and running more and also use the W&L Fitness Center.  I am a big fan of ZUMBA.  The weather in Lexington is great for so much of the year, it really helps to get me out and active.
What is the best benefit you get from healthy choices?  The energy it gives me.  I know everyone say it, but I truly just feel better if I am eating well and exercising regularly.  Plus it is always nice to get a good report card when you go to the doctor’s office!
Did you meet the 300 points in the last year’s Live Well program?  If so, how difficult was it to reach the 300 point goal?  Yes, I met the 300 points goal.  I actually found it to be pretty easy because I earned so many points just by doing the biometric scan and the health assessment.  When I added those points up, and then just logged the activities that are already a part of my routine, I reached 300 points.

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Living Well Profile: Melissa Cox

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Job: Admin. Asst. Journalism
Hobbies: knitting, reading, walking
Family:  husband, 2 sons and a daughter, all living in VA
How long have you been at W&L? Since the fall of ’89
What do you do to Live Well? Try to eat responsibly, drink lots of water and walk daily. Having dogs that need to be walked helps a lot.
Any tips for someone trying to establish a healthier routine? If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Don’t let a slip up defeat you.
Have you always exercised regularly? No. It wasn’t until I was 35 that I began and it was by accident. I was mulling over a decision and found that walking while I was thinking helped. And so began a pattern that continues today.
What is the best benefit you get from healthy choices? Having more energy.
Did you meet the 300 points in the last year’s Live Well program?  If so, how difficult was it to reach the 300 point goal? It wasn’t too hard, especially since I had knee surgery and a broken leg during that time. I eat and try to live well because I feel better. That’s the payoff for me.

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Living Well Profile: Scott Hoover

Name: Scott Hoover
Job: Finance Professor
Hobbies: With three children and a full plate at work, I don’t have much time for hobbies. Still, I enjoy playing the piano and guitar and enjoy reading books on physics (the field I wish I had gone into). I also really enjoy puzzles, particularly mathematical ones.
Family:   I live with my wife and three kids in the county. We all enjoy the outdoors. All three of my kids love snakes (my 10-year old even wants to be herpetologist) and some of my favorite pictures of them are with snakes they have caught.
How long have you been at W&L?  12 years
What do you do to Live Well? I play golf, hike, and run. Lately, I’ve been taking advantage of a treadmill desk in my office. The treadmill allows me to walk while doing my computer work, which is a great way to stay in shape while working. My productivity has gone up dramatically since I got the treadmill, which has been a nice surprise. There seems to be something about the increased blood flow that causes one to work both faster and more efficiently. In the course of a full day, I put in 7-12 miles on the treadmill and don’t really notice that I’m even doing it. Although I’m only scheduled to have the treadmill for six months, I’ve been pushing to keep it longer.
Any tips for someone trying to establish a healthier routine? Exercise is a key part of staying healthy, but it pales in comparison to maintaining a good diet. As my friends and family will attest, I love food and struggle to keep the calorie intake down. One approach I’ve used successfully at the Marketplace is to eat a plate full of cold veggies before moving on to the less healthy options. This ensures that I both get proper nutrients and have little room left for the bad stuff.
Have you always exercised regularly? Not always, but I’ve always found my way back to running (which I love) after going astray.
What is the best benefit you get from healthy choices? To borrow from James Brown, “I feel good!”
Did you meet the 300 points in the last year’s Live Well program?  If so, how difficult was it to reach the 300 point goal? Yes. It was very easy. As I recall I reached 300 points within the first two or three months of the program.

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Living Well Profile: Amy Richwine

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Name:  Amy Richwine
Job:  International Student and Scholar Advisor
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking, International Affairs
Family:   husband Dan and two sons, Andrew and Stefan, who are in college
How long have you been at W&L? 13 years– since July 1999
What do you do to Live Well? Focus on prevention, strengthening the immune system through a healthy diet, responsible exercise and detoxification. Years of Lyme Disease has left me gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant and sugar intolerant, so I have to be very careful what I eat. You should try sauerkraut, avocado, kefir and kombucha tea for breakfast! It’s great! I have a yoga routine I do most mornings before breakfast that has really helped me feel better and kept me in shape.
Any tips for someone trying to establish a healthier routine? Start with baby steps and don’t give up. You’ll be amazed how making small incremental changes can be done with little hardship and before you know it you are feeling better and have a healthier lifestyle.
Have you always exercised regularly? Before I got Lyme disease, I was always a very active person and have over the years exercised in different ways. After I got Lyme, it was almost impossible for me to exercise and over the last 5 years, as I have fought the disease, I have had to be very careful what kinds of exercise I choose and how much I can do without hurting myself or getting too exhausted. But I have learned that some sort of exercise is critical to helping one overcome Lyme, so there’s a real incentive there to keep trying.
What is the best benefit you get from healthy choices? I feel like I lived a healthy lifestyle before I got Lyme, which was one of the really frustrating things about being so sick, but now, because of my healthy choices, I feel like I am finally getting my life back.
Did you meet the 300 points in the last year’s Live Well program?  Yes. If so, how difficult was it to reach the 300 point goal? It’s not that difficult; again, baby steps and don’t give up!

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Living Well – Billy Chase

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Name: Billy Chase
Job: Graphic Designer, Publications
Hobbies: Art, music and when the weather is warm I’ll hike or camp sometimes. I don’t get to go hiking or camping as much as I used to.
Family: Married with no kids but we plan on having some in the next couple of
years.
How long have you been at W&L?  I have been at Washington and Lee University for four years now.
What do you do to Live Well?  I’ve been trying to watch what I eat. My main activity is playing music in a band called Mafia Track Suit. I’m very active on stage and it does provide me with about an hour and a half of exercise each night we play.  We also rehearse one to two nights a week and we rehearse like we perform.
Any tips for someone trying to establish a healthier routine?  Go slow and steady. Trying to do too much at once will backfire. There are plenty of things that I still need to accomplish to reach my health goals.
Have you always exercised regularly?  No. Before working at Washington and Lee I’ve always had physical labor jobs and so my workout was kind of built in. I’ve noticed that since I’ve started working behind a desk that I need work at staying in shape a bit more.
What is the best benefit you get from healthy choices?  I’ve started to cut gluten out of my diet and I’ve cut back on drinking soda. I’m finding that I’m gaining a little more energy back. It’s a start but I still have a ways to go.
Did you meet the 300 points in the last year’s Live Well program?  If so,
how difficult was it to reach the 300 point goal?  I’ve met the 300 points and it isn’t that hard to reach. Certainly, everyone can do it.

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