Health and wellness is a quest that many of us face alone. For Wellness Champion, Sarah Bellows Mahler, going above and beyond the call of duty is what she does to make staff have the support they need in order to achieve a higher sense of wellness. Sarah comes from Infection Prevention and Control with a can-do spirit. She became a Wellness Champion to inspire others to create a healthy lifestyle environment at work and at home. She understands that it’s the social support that can help affect someone’s health. “I make myself available to others by face to face communication and promote wellness in the workplace. I look for opportunities to create conversation, communicate activities discussed at the Wellness Champion Meetings, make creative and informative bulletin boards, and send out emails. I practice wellness in my own life every day.”
In her role as a nurse within Infection Prevention, Sarah educates others on environmental health, wellness and related activities. Her curiosity for research helps her to be open to new ideas. In the beginning of the year, her work group discussed their wellness goals for 2016. High priority initiatives include, participating in Energy Burst Videos, sharing healthy recipes, promoting upcoming health fairs & wellness challenges. Not to mention utilize their new Sit-Stand work stations approved by ergonomics.
Where Sarah goes above and beyond is her ability to support and educate outside of Infection Prevention. She has been known to attend activities that involve her co-workers’ children, offering wellness support and encouragement. She has completed the Mayo Clinic’s Wellness Coaching Course and is working towards her Wisdom of the Whole Health Coaching Certification, so that she can further her reach in helping people find what health and wellness means to them.