Milwaukee Officers Challenge Each Other to a Healthier Lifestyle

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Feb 3, 2010 11:50:00 AM

Officer Sedric said, "I know I look better, feel better and that my confidence has never been higher."

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Pictured left to right: David Atias, James Shoemaker and Sedric Smith

James Shoemaker, Mobile Officer in Milwaukee, WI has always made fitness a priority in his life.  Now, he's leading two of his colleagues on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.  "I have always liked to work out.  I always hoped that I could motivate others by doing it myself."  Officer Shoemaker has been serious about weight training and running for years.  With some encouragement from Shoemaker, Officer Sedric Smith decided to join a local gym in January 2009.  Shoemaker guided him through a regular weight training and jogging regimen, and Smith quickly dropped 25lbs.  They were a force to be reckoned with.

Officer David Atias was fully aware that two of his fellow officers had begun transforming their lifestyle and as a result, their physical stature.  He decided it was time for him to step up to the plate.  He began biking on a daily basis.  His skill level improved and the 3 officers started riding and informally competing with one another.  In less than 6 months, Officer Atias lost 70lbs.  Today, you can find Atias at the gym running, biking and weight training.

When asked what their goal weights are, these gentlemen simply explain that it's not about the number on the scale, but rather the way they feel.  "Our ultimate goal is to get ripped and to get in the best shape of our lives," said Shoemaker.  But what happens when someone slips up?  They've figured out a way to address that too.  Each participant has their own set of goals which include nutrition.  If someone violates their plan, they must document it on a list that is visible to the entire group.  They understand that the more they cheat, the longer it will take to achieve their goals.  Sedric said that his confidence level has improved and in some ways, he "feels invincible."  He feels as though his job performance has improved too.  The physical demand of the job is no longer so demanding.  Completing tasks is easier and done much quicker.  He feels more energized and alert than before.  Sedric said, "I know I look better, feel better and that my confidence has never been higher."

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"The Heart of a Healthy Lifestyle"

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Jan 29, 2010 3:40:00 PM

I don't believe in coincidences.  I believe people, things, experiences, and information are presented to each of us for a reason.  In the past couple days, three of my favorite lifestyle information sources; Glamour Magazine, Oprah, and Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser said exercise and nutrition should be a priority in each of our lives.  I immediately sent my sister an email telling her we need to lead healthier lives by adding more fruits and veggies to our diet and stepping up our exercise routines. After all, would you rather spend more money on produce and lean meats today or medical care to treat your ailments later on because chips and fast food were more economical?  So, is it a complete coincidence that I opened up the Security Spotlight this morning and the February issue is all about leading a healthier lifestyle?  I don't think so.  It's time to take action!

This month's issue titled, "The Heart of a Healthy Lifestyle", discusses how regular physical activity, quitting smoking and weight control are three lifestyle habits that can reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. 

Exercise: "To gain the health benefits of exercise -according to the DHHS Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans- adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity OR at least 1.25 hours of vigorous aerobic activity a week AND muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days a week."                                                                                   

Smoking: It causes coronary heart disease.  It causes lung cancer.  It makes your clothes smell.  And if you live in a part of the country that experiences harsh winters like Chicago, you risk catching pneumonia every time you head outside in subzero temperatures to have a smoke.  "The adverse health effects from smoking account for 1 of every 5 American deaths each year." Bottom line...quit now!

Weight Control: "About two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight, and almost one-third are obese." Now that's something to cry about! "A healthy diet and active lifestyle are your best weapons to control your weight."  To find out if you're at a healthy weight, visit and calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).  Another indicator of whether or not you're a healthy weight is your waist circumference.  Excessive abdominal fat has been linked to several obesity related conditions.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men with a waist circumference exceeding 40 inches and females with a waist circumference exceeding 35 inches are at a higher risk for conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.    

Other online sources available to help you assess your health, and guide you toward heart-healthier choices include:


Click here to read the full article.

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