Steps Challenge Participant: Fernanda Oliveira Fernanda was the lottery winner for step goal category 5,000 – 7,499 on November 30, 2017.
She shares with us her experience. We are happy for the strides that Fernanda is making and hope that her story inspires other participants! Remember—Change happens on step at a time.
“This program is great because it forces me to get up from my desk on breaks and walk. With all the medicine that I take, it has begun to affect my joints, and just by moving around during my breaks, not only does it help with the joint issues, but I also have lost 4 pounds. I encourage everyone to walk on their breaks and a few people join me while I walk. I would love it if they extended the program for longer than 9 weeks.”
Steps Challenge Participant: Kelly Perez is a lottery winner in the 7,500 - 9,999 step goal category.
Kelly shares with us her story. We celebrate with Kelly and hope this inspires others to keep stepping for better health.
"I’ve struggled with my weight ever since being diagnosed as a teenager with Hypothyroidism. According to the American Thyroid Association, Hypothyroidism is an is an underactive thyroid gland. With hypothyroidism the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. People are hypothyroid if they have too little thyroid hormone in the blood. Major symptoms include fatigue, cold sensitivity, brittle nails, dry skin, and unexplained weight gain. My weight has gone up and down like a bouncing ball over the years from size 8 to 20, depending on the medicine and exercise. I just wanted to let you know I have lost 10 pounds since taking the stairs and giving up soda. I plan to continue taking the stairs, stick mostly to eating protein and fruit and hopefully continue to lose weight and feel healthy."
Maritza Bond, MPH
Director of Health & Social Services
999 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: (203) 576-7680
Fax: (203) 576-8311