Team!
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!
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Name: Susie Jostes
Age: 27
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.
What is the best health advice you’ve ever received?  Listen to your body. Your body can tell you when something is wrong. It can tell you when you need rest and when you can go further.
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. High-res

Team!

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!

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Name: Susie Jostes

Age: 27

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 MilesTeam 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.

What is the best health advice you’ve ever received?  Listen to your body. Your body can tell you when something is wrong. It can tell you when you need rest and when you can go further.

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.

Team!
This week’s Humana Health Star is Tracy Sachs, hailing from the great State of Missouir!
Tracy loves to stay active by running outside through the beautiful parks of St. Louis. And she is particularly inspired by her high school friend who, though passed, served as a great model for always striving to be better and stronger than you were yesterday.
That’s beautiful, Tracy.  Keep up the great work!
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Name: Tracy Sachs
Age: 37
City: St. Louis, Missouri
What’s your favorite way to stay active? Running and walking outside, training for 5ks with my family and friends.
What charities do you like to support with Charity Miles? My favorite charity is the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s the least I can do to give back to the heroes and their families for all they sacrifice to protect us and our country.
What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? The Wounded Warrior Project 8k in Colorado Springs last August. It gave me a purpose to train all summer and I met the most beautiful and awesome people when I got there!
What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? Every day I am inspired to wake up early and run in honor and memory of my friend, Will Bushelle. He passed in a fatal car accident last February. Will and I went to high school together and I used to go on adventures with him, his brother, Borbbie, and my brother— exploring the paths of the pocket woods in the suburbs where we grew up.  Will was on his way to becoming a hero as a teenager after he saved the life of a girl in my class. He had a social gift, often making best friends with strangers the first time meeting him.  He also was the ultimate role model of leadership and physical fitness. After his passing, a group of his friends— many of which had never met before— came together and started the #Willverines, encouraging one another to challenge ourselves to be better and stronger than we were yesterday. That’s what #IW4W means: “I will for Wil.” It’s on all my twitter posts each time I get out there. It’s because of Will that I am the best version of myself today.
Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? My favorite park is Forrest Park. It is rich in St. Louis history, was the host of the 1904 World’s Fair, and it contains some of St. Louis’ best attractions such as the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, The Muny outdoor theater and the St. Louis Zoo!
Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? I would love to walk and run in Central Park, NYC!!
Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? A great way to start the day and charge your battery is by getting out early in the morning! Nothing beats the crisp air and magical light of dawn. Helps me to focus on the day ahead, clear my mind and energize my body!!
Do you like to exercise alone or with friends?  Last spring, I started training with one of my best friends, Virginia. It’s because of her that I turned into a morning person because we would meet and log miles before work. She recently had knee surgery so I’ve been going alone which is nice too. However, I’m looking forward to training with her again soon!
What are your health/fitness goals? I’d like to participate in a Ragnar Relay Race with the #Willverines team!
Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest Board you’d like to share? I want to try the Hearty Autumn-inspired Roasted Carrot Hummus and the Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes.
What’s one thing Humana can do to help you live a healthier lifestyle?  I love that I can run, walk and bike for my favorite charities with Charity Miles. Thanks to Humana for sponsoring me and making it possible!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I work full time at a St. Louis shoe company designing slippers for Hush Puppies and Tempur-Pedic. My mom and I also own a company called Tracy Sachs Limited, where I design cheerful fabrics that are manufactured into 100% cotton napkins, placemats and oven mitts.  My interest in healthy recipes originated from researching recipes for my Facebook blog.  And I started using Charity Miles because my friend Virginia told me about it and helped me get registered with the #Willverines team. High-res

Team!

This week’s Humana Health Star is Tracy Sachs, hailing from the great State of Missouir!

Tracy loves to stay active by running outside through the beautiful parks of St. Louis. And she is particularly inspired by her high school friend who, though passed, served as a great model for always striving to be better and stronger than you were yesterday.

That’s beautiful, Tracy.  Keep up the great work!

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Name: Tracy Sachs

Age: 37

City: St. Louis, Missouri

What’s your favorite way to stay active? Running and walking outside, training for 5ks with my family and friends.

What charities do you like to support with Charity MilesMy favorite charity is the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s the least I can do to give back to the heroes and their families for all they sacrifice to protect us and our country.

What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? The Wounded Warrior Project 8k in Colorado Springs last August. It gave me a purpose to train all summer and I met the most beautiful and awesome people when I got there!

What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? Every day I am inspired to wake up early and run in honor and memory of my friend, Will Bushelle. He passed in a fatal car accident last February. Will and I went to high school together and I used to go on adventures with him, his brother, Borbbie, and my brother— exploring the paths of the pocket woods in the suburbs where we grew up.  Will was on his way to becoming a hero as a teenager after he saved the life of a girl in my class. He had a social gift, often making best friends with strangers the first time meeting him.  He also was the ultimate role model of leadership and physical fitness. After his passing, a group of his friends— many of which had never met before— came together and started the #Willverines, encouraging one another to challenge ourselves to be better and stronger than we were yesterday. That’s what #IW4W means: “I will for Wil.” It’s on all my twitter posts each time I get out there. It’s because of Will that I am the best version of myself today.

Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? My favorite park is Forrest Park. It is rich in St. Louis history, was the host of the 1904 World’s Fair, and it contains some of St. Louis’ best attractions such as the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, The Muny outdoor theater and the St. Louis Zoo!

Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? I would love to walk and run in Central Park, NYC!!

Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? A great way to start the day and charge your battery is by getting out early in the morning! Nothing beats the crisp air and magical light of dawn. Helps me to focus on the day ahead, clear my mind and energize my body!!

Do you like to exercise alone or with friends?  Last spring, I started training with one of my best friends, Virginia. It’s because of her that I turned into a morning person because we would meet and log miles before work. She recently had knee surgery so I’ve been going alone which is nice too. However, I’m looking forward to training with her again soon!

What are your health/fitness goals? I’d like to participate in a Ragnar Relay Race with the #Willverines team!

Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest Board you’d like to share? I want to try the Hearty Autumn-inspired Roasted Carrot Hummus and the Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes.

What’s one thing Humana can do to help you live a healthier lifestyle?  I love that I can run, walk and bike for my favorite charities with Charity Miles. Thanks to Humana for sponsoring me and making it possible!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I work full time at a St. Louis shoe company designing slippers for Hush Puppies and Tempur-Pedic. My mom and I also own a company called Tracy Sachs Limited, where I design cheerful fabrics that are manufactured into 100% cotton napkins, placemats and oven mitts.  My interest in healthy recipes originated from researching recipes for my Facebook blog.  And I started using Charity Miles because my friend Virginia told me about it and helped me get registered with the #Willverines team.

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You’ve gotta be kidding me! @hamiltonguevara, from our heart, thank you for continuing to take our breath away and inspiring us every day! #everymilematters
#nature @ExploreCanada #running #neverstopexploring #climatemarch #2030Now #beauty #love @michaeljfoxorg @teamfox @groveayers @myrdinjt @shpaddock @runningfeetruth @nature_org @wwf http://ift.tt/1qtWnMd

Team!
This week’s Humana Health Star is Thomas Bullock, from the Buckeye State of Ohio.
Through practicing emergency medicine for 32 years, Thomas regularly sees the tragic consequences of when people don’t take care of their health.  Seeing this, and being a father of three, motivates Thomas to stay active daily through a combination of cycling and gym classes like spinning, TRX and Body Pump.
“Get moving,” says Thomas. “Take a class at a local gym. Working out with others is motivational.”
Thomas works out year round and is training for Pelotonia, a century ride for cancer research at The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital which takes place every August.
Great work, Thomas.  Keep it up!
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Name: Thomas Bullock
Age: 62
City: Upper Arlington, Ohio
What’s your favorite way to stay active? Cycling.
What charities do you like to support with Charity Miles? Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, Nature Conservancy, ASPCA.
What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? Raising 3 awesome daughters.
What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? Anyone with a disability who keeps moving… no whining, no excuses.
Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? The Olentangy Bike Trail here in Columbus.
Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? Machu Pichu.
Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? Get moving. Take a class at a local gym. Working out with others is motivational.
Are you training for anything? I work out year round but my favorite event is Pelotonia which is a century ride (or more) for cancer research at The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital which takes place every August.
What are your health/fitness goals? I try to maintain fitness with a variety of classes at our gym including Body Pump, Core Classes, TRX and Spinning when I can’t ride my bike. My goal is always to do something everyday.  One of my more important changes has been eating a much healthier plant based diet.
Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest Board you’d like to share? The Greek Yogurt Meringue looks interesting.
Do you have any favorite healthy recipes you can share?  Edamame Quinoa Salad.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I am a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and have practiced Emergency Medicine for for 32 years.  Health and wellness consume much of my life and I see the tragic consequences of poor lifestyle choices on a daily basis. I use Charity Miles as a motivational tool and a great, easy and convenient way to give to causes that I like to support. High-res

Team!

This week’s Humana Health Star is Thomas Bullock, from the Buckeye State of Ohio.

Through practicing emergency medicine for 32 years, Thomas regularly sees the tragic consequences of when people don’t take care of their health.  Seeing this, and being a father of three, motivates Thomas to stay active daily through a combination of cycling and gym classes like spinning, TRX and Body Pump.

Get moving,” says Thomas. “Take a class at a local gym. Working out with others is motivational.”

Thomas works out year round and is training for Pelotonia, a century ride for cancer research at The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital which takes place every August.

Great work, Thomas.  Keep it up!

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Name: Thomas Bullock

Age: 62

City: Upper Arlington, Ohio

What’s your favorite way to stay active? Cycling.

What charities do you like to support with Charity MilesLeukemia & Lymphoma Society, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, Nature Conservancy, ASPCA.

What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? Raising 3 awesome daughters.

What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? Anyone with a disability who keeps moving… no whining, no excuses.

Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? The Olentangy Bike Trail here in Columbus.

Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? Machu Pichu.

Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? Get moving. Take a class at a local gym. Working out with others is motivational.

Are you training for anything? I work out year round but my favorite event is Pelotonia which is a century ride (or more) for cancer research at The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital which takes place every August.

What are your health/fitness goals? I try to maintain fitness with a variety of classes at our gym including Body Pump, Core Classes, TRX and Spinning when I can’t ride my bike. My goal is always to do something everyday.  One of my more important changes has been eating a much healthier plant based diet.

Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest Board you’d like to share? The Greek Yogurt Meringue looks interesting.

Do you have any favorite healthy recipes you can share?  Edamame Quinoa Salad.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I am a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and have practiced Emergency Medicine for for 32 years.  Health and wellness consume much of my life and I see the tragic consequences of poor lifestyle choices on a daily basis. I use Charity Miles as a motivational tool and a great, easy and convenient way to give to causes that I like to support.

Team!
This week’s Humana Health Star is Jack Ellis, hailing from the great state of New Mexico!
At 46, Jack is a proud husband, father and grandfather. He’s also a Navy Veteran and avid supporter of our friends at the Wounded Warrior Project.
While in the Navy, Jack was very active. But as life got busier, he lost focus and found himself overweight and on prescription medication for cholesterol.  
So, in January of 2013, he decided to take control and has since lost over 50 pounds through a combination of healthy eating, hard work and staying active.  His favorite way to stay active is by Mountain Biking on the beautiful trails near his home in New Mexico.
Keep up the great work, Jack! 
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Name: Jack Ellis
Age: 46
City: Farmington, NM
What’s your favorite way to stay active? My favorite way to stay active is outdoor activities. I love mountain biking on my new Devinci Troy and hunting elk and deer with my kids.
What charities do you like to support with Charity Miles? I’m a big supporter of the Wounded Warrior Program.
What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? My greatest accomplishment is being married to my best friend for 27 years. Also watching all four of our kids grow up to be young adults and now I have the opportunity to play with my 3 year-old grandson.
What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? Mike Dolce, the MMA nutritionist and strength trainer was and is a big inspiration to live a healthy lifestyle.
Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? I love the trails here in Farmington and the are generally accessible year-round.
Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? I would love to ride the trails in the North West, particularly Oregon and Northern California.
What do you do to help your family/community get active? I’m very active at work with promoting safety with healthy living. I also try to encourage others to eat healthier and take the extra step in living a healthier, longer life.
Do you like to exercise alone or with friends? I have several buddies I ride with and even when they can’t ride with me I like getting out on my own.
Do you have any healthy recipes you’d like to share? I generally follow the Dolce Diet system and love the breakfast bowl: 1/4 cup of Bobs oatmeal, 1/8 cup of unsweetened coconut, 1/8 cup nuts, 1/4 cup blueberries, and agave to sweeten.
What is the best health advice you ever received? Eat in moderation, work hard when you work out and strive to get 1% better each time.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I’m a 46 year-old husband and father of four. I served my country in my younger days in the Navy. I was very active then and as life got busier I lost focus on staying healthy. January 2013, I was at a very unhealthy weight of 227 pounds and had high blood pressure and was taking cholesterol medicine. At this time, I decided to do something so I ordered Mike Dolce’s books and started on his lifestyle change. By September, 2013 I was at 170 pounds and today I maintain a healthy weight of 175-180 pounds and no longer need prescription medicines. I support Charity Miles because it is my way of giving back to those that have given to me. High-res

Team!

This week’s Humana Health Star is Jack Ellis, hailing from the great state of New Mexico!

At 46, Jack is a proud husband, father and grandfather. He’s also a Navy Veteran and avid supporter of our friends at the Wounded Warrior Project.

While in the Navy, Jack was very active. But as life got busier, he lost focus and found himself overweight and on prescription medication for cholesterol.  

So, in January of 2013, he decided to take control and has since lost over 50 pounds through a combination of healthy eating, hard work and staying active.  His favorite way to stay active is by Mountain Biking on the beautiful trails near his home in New Mexico.

Keep up the great work, Jack! 

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Name: Jack Ellis

Age: 46

City: Farmington, NM

What’s your favorite way to stay active? My favorite way to stay active is outdoor activities. I love mountain biking on my new Devinci Troy and hunting elk and deer with my kids.

What charities do you like to support with Charity MilesI’m a big supporter of the Wounded Warrior Program.

What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? My greatest accomplishment is being married to my best friend for 27 years. Also watching all four of our kids grow up to be young adults and now I have the opportunity to play with my 3 year-old grandson.

What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? Mike Dolce, the MMA nutritionist and strength trainer was and is a big inspiration to live a healthy lifestyle.

Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? I love the trails here in Farmington and the are generally accessible year-round.

Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? I would love to ride the trails in the North West, particularly Oregon and Northern California.

What do you do to help your family/community get active? I’m very active at work with promoting safety with healthy living. I also try to encourage others to eat healthier and take the extra step in living a healthier, longer life.

Do you like to exercise alone or with friends? I have several buddies I ride with and even when they can’t ride with me I like getting out on my own.

Do you have any healthy recipes you’d like to share? I generally follow the Dolce Diet system and love the breakfast bowl: 1/4 cup of Bobs oatmeal, 1/8 cup of unsweetened coconut, 1/8 cup nuts, 1/4 cup blueberries, and agave to sweeten.

What is the best health advice you ever received? Eat in moderation, work hard when you work out and strive to get 1% better each time.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I’m a 46 year-old husband and father of four. I served my country in my younger days in the Navy. I was very active then and as life got busier I lost focus on staying healthy. January 2013, I was at a very unhealthy weight of 227 pounds and had high blood pressure and was taking cholesterol medicine. At this time, I decided to do something so I ordered Mike Dolce’s books and started on his lifestyle change. By September, 2013 I was at 170 pounds and today I maintain a healthy weight of 175-180 pounds and no longer need prescription medicines. I support Charity Miles because it is my way of giving back to those that have given to me.

Team!
This week’s Humana Health Star is Madison Ryan. Madison hails from Humana’s home state of Kentucky. And, at only 20 years old, she is always on the run.
Madison is a full-time student and a full-time nanny for two babies… AND she competes in several beauty pageants a year! She’s an active supporter of Autism Speaks and Wounded Warrior Project.
Whew! She sure doesn’t waste any time. So, for tips on how to stay healthy, she keeps it short and sweet: “Eat healthy, drink lots of water and get movin’!”
Nicely said, Madison. Keep up the great work!
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Name: Madison Ryan
Age: 20
City: Kentucky
What’s your favorite way to stay active? My favorite way to stay active and my current workout routine is a mixture of weight training and cardio (running with Charity Miles, of course!), but I am always trying new things!
What charities do you like to support with Charity Miles? My boyfriend is currently deployed in the Navy so recently I have been running for Wounded Warrior Project and Team RWB. I am also involved in pageants and my philanthropic platform is Autism Awareness, so I run for Autism Speaks as well.
What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? My greatest accomplishment was definitely pushing myself into getting into much better shape and becoming more active. Doing this, I gained the confidence to wear a swimsuit on stage in my first pageant and won the swimsuit portion of the competition.
What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? My family, friends and boyfriend are always pushing me to be the best person I can be in every aspect. They really help keep me focused on both my fitness and life goals. I also love the feeling of helping others and have always been very involved with charity work. Charity Miles also really helped inspired me to be active because of the opportunity it provides for both myself and others.
Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? My favorite places that I have ever walked/ran were definitely the Lanikai Pill Pox hike or the Monoa Falls hike in Hawaii last month. They were absolutely the most gorgeous places I have ever seen and the hikes getting there were unbelievable.
Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? I also recently visited southern California and I would love to go back and explore the parks on the northern end of the state.
Do you like to exercise alone or with friends? When I am running, I prefer doing it alone, but when I am lifting weights or on my bicycle, I love having company.
Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? The first step in improving yourself is wanting it for you. You have to decide that you want a change and then decide what plan of action you are going to take to accomplish your goal. Be patient and set little goals for yourself along your journey.
Do you have any healthy recipes you’d like to share? My favorite healthy recipe right now is my low carb breakfast cups which include eggs, turkey bacon, chopped garlic, sautéed spinach, low fat cheese and green onions. You put the mixture in a muffin pan, sprinkle a little cheese on top and bake! They are delicious and you can meal prep breakfast for the entire week! [Editor’s note: AWESOME idea!]
Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest board you’d like to try? Yes, the grilled stuffed jalapeños look absolutely delicious.
What is the best health advice you ever received? Eat healthy, drink lots of water and get movin’!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I am a science major going to school full-time, a full-time nanny for two babies, and I compete in several pageants a year, so I am always on the run.  
I have always loved giving my time to charity events, but with work, school and pageants, I have very little time. With Charity Miles, I am able to raise money for charities doing my daily activities.  The charity Autism Speaks is the charity that I used Charity Miles for the first year that I used the app, because my dad is an emotional and behavioral disorder teacher and the Autism Specialist of his school district and I spent time helping in his classroom. The experience mad eke want to give more to the study of autism, since it affects so many children. 
I also have a special place in my heart for Wounded Warrior Project because I have a boyfriend on deployment and I could not imagine what it would feel like to be told something happened to him while he was gone. The families that have had something happen to their loved ones while serving the country need all the help they can get. High-res

Team!

This week’s Humana Health Star is Madison Ryan. Madison hails from Humana’s home state of Kentucky. And, at only 20 years old, she is always on the run.

Madison is a full-time student and a full-time nanny for two babies… AND she competes in several beauty pageants a year! She’s an active supporter of Autism Speaks and Wounded Warrior Project.

Whew! She sure doesn’t waste any time. So, for tips on how to stay healthy, she keeps it short and sweet: “Eat healthy, drink lots of water and get movin’!”

Nicely said, Madison. Keep up the great work!

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Name: Madison Ryan

Age: 20

City: Kentucky

What’s your favorite way to stay active? My favorite way to stay active and my current workout routine is a mixture of weight training and cardio (running with Charity Miles, of course!), but I am always trying new things!

What charities do you like to support with Charity MilesMy boyfriend is currently deployed in the Navy so recently I have been running for Wounded Warrior Project and Team RWB. I am also involved in pageants and my philanthropic platform is Autism Awareness, so I run for Autism Speaks as well.

What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? My greatest accomplishment was definitely pushing myself into getting into much better shape and becoming more active. Doing this, I gained the confidence to wear a swimsuit on stage in my first pageant and won the swimsuit portion of the competition.

What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? My family, friends and boyfriend are always pushing me to be the best person I can be in every aspect. They really help keep me focused on both my fitness and life goals. I also love the feeling of helping others and have always been very involved with charity work. Charity Miles also really helped inspired me to be active because of the opportunity it provides for both myself and others.

Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? My favorite places that I have ever walked/ran were definitely the Lanikai Pill Pox hike or the Monoa Falls hike in Hawaii last month. They were absolutely the most gorgeous places I have ever seen and the hikes getting there were unbelievable.

Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? I also recently visited southern California and I would love to go back and explore the parks on the northern end of the state.

Do you like to exercise alone or with friends? When I am running, I prefer doing it alone, but when I am lifting weights or on my bicycle, I love having company.

Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? The first step in improving yourself is wanting it for you. You have to decide that you want a change and then decide what plan of action you are going to take to accomplish your goal. Be patient and set little goals for yourself along your journey.

Do you have any healthy recipes you’d like to share? My favorite healthy recipe right now is my low carb breakfast cups which include eggs, turkey bacon, chopped garlic, sautéed spinach, low fat cheese and green onions. You put the mixture in a muffin pan, sprinkle a little cheese on top and bake! They are delicious and you can meal prep breakfast for the entire week! [Editor’s note: AWESOME idea!]

Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest board you’d like to try? Yes, the grilled stuffed jalapeños look absolutely delicious.

What is the best health advice you ever received? Eat healthy, drink lots of water and get movin’!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I am a science major going to school full-time, a full-time nanny for two babies, and I compete in several pageants a year, so I am always on the run.  

I have always loved giving my time to charity events, but with work, school and pageants, I have very little time. With Charity Miles, I am able to raise money for charities doing my daily activities.  The charity Autism Speaks is the charity that I used Charity Miles for the first year that I used the app, because my dad is an emotional and behavioral disorder teacher and the Autism Specialist of his school district and I spent time helping in his classroom. The experience mad eke want to give more to the study of autism, since it affects so many children. 

I also have a special place in my heart for Wounded Warrior Project because I have a boyfriend on deployment and I could not imagine what it would feel like to be told something happened to him while he was gone. The families that have had something happen to their loved ones while serving the country need all the help they can get.