Happy, Healthy Court Reporters – Health Initiative Bonanza

At our holiday party this year, I appointed Linda Pool, one of our great San Diego realtime court reporters, with the task of putting together a Health Initiative Bonanza Program for Kramm Court Reporting.  The reason I chose Linda is because of her motivational skills and passion for fitness and being super healthy.  Linda’s mission was to bring health to our firm.

Our first event was in March at Balboa Park.  Linda invited a personal trainer, Angel Chelik of Sea Level Workouts, to lead us in a two-hour exercise course with an emphasis on shoulders, necks, and posture.  Because court reporters spend the majority of our day hunched over a machine or staring at a computer, we have a tendency to have neck, shoulder, and back stress.

Last Saturday, Team Kramm met in our conference room, and Angel gave us a lecture on The Myths of Health and Fitness.  I asked the participants to send me their top take-away from the day, because I wanted to share the fantastic information with the rest of the world.  Here are the responses:

Top Take-Aways from our Health Initiative Bonanza Seminar

  1. My biggest take-away is that I’ve been fooling myself with my “light”  and “when I feel like it” exercise and that I need to go from recreational to regular and intense.
  2. Although I’ve been doing this for years, I learned that it’s OKAY to eat right after a workout  I have been eating within about ten minutes after I get home from working out, carbs and/or protein, and it is good to know that that is the right thing to do.  I think listening to our bodies is very important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  3. I loved learning that Ibuprofen and Tylenol actually inhibit recovery. Our bodies are magnificent all on their own.  We have to treat them right and let them do their thing.
  4. As someone who used to rely on Diet Coke to get through those late nights, learning that it was interfering with my hormones was enlightening.
  5. My top takeaway is to eat REAL F O O D
  6. I really like the idea of getting up every hour from in front of your computer and walking around the house or up and down stairs to get some movement in your body.   In fact, I just did that :)
  7. I thought it was interesting about the importance of eating protein within 30 minutes after a workout to feed the muscles.
  8. I think for me it would be that there are so many things that we can do to improve our heath things that are already in kitchens.  Lemon or lime in our water to balance our pH levels, eggs for protein and a piece of fruit for pre-workout energy.  Sometimes I think we get so used to weight-loss fads and gimmicks that we close our minds off to the fact that WE have the tools to change our lives right in front of us.
  9. Cramping feet and legs and an addiction to salt can be a symptom of a lack of calcium and magnesium.  Our body uses calcium, iron, niacin, magnesium, and other minerals to bring our acidity level back to a balanced ph.  (One common denominator for cancer patients is a high acidity level).  I am putting lemon in my water every chance I get for my ph.
  10. Being in front of a screen more than six hours a day can take five years off of your life.  Too much sitting can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

I love the idea of surrounding ourselves with happy, healthy people and promoting wellness.  Our next month’s event is going grocery shopping – becoming educated on making the right choices.  I invite everyone to come along.  I believe a trait of a great court reporter is the desire to be healthy and happy.  It takes one step at a time to achieve being great.

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2 replies
  1. Word Warrior says:

    Airtraffic controller, operating room nurse, operating room surgeon for that matter, your pharmacist, any first responder…how much would you trust any one of these professionals to perform their job duties in a consistent and competent manner if they were showing up for work day after day with low blood sugar, unmanaged stress, and in an unhealthy state? As guardians of the record, why would reporters be any different? Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, and show up for work alert and able-bodied. Justice depends upon it. Thank you, Team Kramm, for reminding me of my own philosophy!

  2. Allison Garcia says:

    We truly have a wonderful team at Kramm. Knowing that we ALL want to be healthier and are willing to do the work makes me so proud of each and every one of us. It is such a blessing to have Angel Chelik coaching us through this learning process with positivity and love. I cannot wait for our next adventure! Go Team Kramm!

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