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Angela Quit Smoking, Loses Weight and Reduces Stress

November 22nd, 2021 | 1 min. read

By Marathon Health

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I started smoking again and gained a lot of weight. I was tired all the time, none of my clothes fit anymore, and I just didn’t feel good about myself.

I made an appointment with Family Nurse Practitioner Sally Anderson at the HealthQuest Health Center, my Marathon Health benefit offered by the State of Kansas. Sally was the key to my success! She listened to me and understood my goals.

Sally helped me devise a schedule and plan that took into account my strengths, weaknesses, and what had worked for me in the past. Sally treated me as a whole person, not just my health issue. She went above and beyond to make sure all aspects of my life and stress were addressed so I could be successful.

I quit smoking. I also started eating better and exercising again. I’ve lost over 20 pounds and I feel amazing. I have more energy, I feel good about myself, and my clothes fit again! This success has definitely helped me be more positive every day.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The COVID-19 pandemic was a time of unprecedented stress for everyone, especially working moms. It was easy to let my healthy habits fall by the wayside. I needed help to get back on the right track, and Sally made that easy for me. She provided support for all aspects of my life and stuck with me through the entire process.

If you’re ready to make a change, I highly recommend reaching out to Marathon Health. — Member Angela Stockdale

She went above and beyond to make sure all aspects of my life and stress were addressed so I could be successful.