February 2019 Healthy Hero: Deb Wech

February 2019 Healthy Hero: Deb Wech
Posted on 02/15/2019
Deb Wech

Deb Wech, a kindergarten teacher at Farmington Elementary School and a former member of the wellness committee, was chosen as the Farmington Area Public Schools Healthy Hero for February 2019! Deb was nominated by fellow teacher Julie Mogensen for her positive example of nutrition and healthy eating.

Deb was diagnosed with wheat and fructose intolerance in the summer of 2012, but like many people she was reluctant to change her diet. Sometimes eating wheat and fructose made her really sick, but sometimes the effects weren’t too bad. It wasn’t until six years later, when her daughter introduced her to a 30 day cleanse and elimination diet, that she made a big change. Not only did she cut out the wheat and fructose, she stopped drinking diet soda. This was a big deal because previously she would drink as much as 100 ounces of diet soda in a day.

Deb has been following a healthy eating plan for more than six months and she says she has never felt better. She no longer has stomach problems and has even lost some weight. She has not returned to drinking soda. Now that she has gotten her diet under control, Deb is focused on setting new physical activity goals. She wants to keep healthy eating and exercise priorities in her life.

When asked what advice she has for those who want to make similar changes she said, “Set your mind to it and take it one day at a time. If possible, make the change with a friend so that you have someone to support you when you need encouragement.”

Congratulation Deb, and thanks for setting a positive example of wellness in our school community!

Farmington Area Public Schools Healthy Heroes are members of our school community who have made positive changes to enhance wellness in their lives or the lives of others. They are selected from nominations submitted to our Farmington Area Public Schools Wellness Committee. For more information about the wellness committee please click here.

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