Our final Humana Health Star of the Season is Susie Jostes, again from the Show Me State of Missouri!
Susie is a 27 year-old Assistant Prosecutor in St. Louis whose favorite workout song is now, interestingly enough, “Bang Bang” by Jesse J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.
Susie likes to stay active by running, particularly with her friends with whom she likes to do half marathons and other races.
“My fitness and health goals are pretty basic,” she says. “I want to be able to be active, injury free and have the energy to enjoy a variety of things in life… I am going to continue to set new goals, and see where they take me.”
Right on, Susie! Keep up the awesome work!
Name: Susie Jostes
City: St. Louis, Missouri
What’s your favorite way to stay active? Running outside and signing up for races to run with my friends.
What charities do you like to support with Charity Miles? Team RWB, Wounded Warrior Project, ASPCA, World Wildlife Fund
What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? Active-wise, it’s finishing two half-marathons and getting ready to put another one in the books in a couple of weeks. Otherwise, it would be becoming a lawyer and working as a prosecutor.
What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? I have a good group of friends that are active and make activities fun. Running becomes an event rather than a workout when I have those people to join me.
Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? Anywhere outside in St. Louis in the fall. The weather is perfect; the trees start to turn colors. There are parks everywhere and a lot of people seem to be out walking or running to enjoy the outdoors with me.
Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? Recently, I have been looking at races in Washington, D.C.. I have never been there so I would love to walk or run around the city and be a running tourist. [Editor’s note: AWESOME IDEA!]
Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? Have fun whatever you choose to do to get active or healthy. Staying positive and surrounding yourself with people who are supportive and happy keeps working out from being a chore. A very slow walk or run is better than no run at all. Celebrate all of the accomplishments, and do not dwell on the setbacks.
What do you do to help your family/community get active? I put events on the calendar for us to do together. It may be a 5k or it may be a half marathon, but we make sure there is one event at the minimum each month that we train for and then complete together. Having something solid set that you know you will be signed up for can be a great motivator.
What is your favorite workout song? Right now it is “Bang Bang” by Jesse J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. My go to for a pump-up is “Titanium” by David Guetta.
What are your health/fitness goals? My fitness and health goals are pretty basic. I want to be able to be active, injury free and have the energy to enjoy a variety of things in life.
Do you like to exercise alone or with friends? When I go out for a long run I like to be alone and have some “me time”. I will never turn down a workout buddy, though. I tend to sign up for all of my races with the same group of friends, but we are open to anyone joining us.
What’s one thing Humana can do to help you live a healthier lifestyle? I think it is important to have access to information in a way that is friendly to the public. Cutting out all of the medical and scientific speak can really get people to listen and make changes.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I am 27 years old, and I am an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for St. Louis County. I have always wanted to work for the community and I get to do that every day. I have been at this job for a year and a half, and it has been great. I put on the freshman 15 of the working world, so I signed up for a half marathon and started running. As I was training, I discovered Charity Miles, and I started using it on all of my runs. It helped me stay motivated by tracking not only my progress in terms of miles, but in people, animals or ecosystems that I was helping. I told several of my friends about Charity Miles. They were like me and loved the thought of giving back, but did not know how to do it right after school. I thought that after my first half marathon I may be sick of running, but it has been a year and I have run two half marathons, several other races, and three more scheduled in the coming months. Running has become a way for me to maintain balance in my life. It is a way to relive stress, connect with friends and stay healthy. I use Charity Miles to track my progress, stay motivated and connect with other people with similar goals. I am going to continue to set new goals, and see where they take me.