The six people above were involved with Prevea's Change Your Game Challenge wellness program.
GameChanger profile series
As Prevea Health’s Change Your Game Challenge enters its final weeks, Press-Gazette Media is featuring the experiences of the six participants from across Northeastern Wisconsin.
GameChanger: Gordon Black
Lives in: Pulaski
What did you think when you were picked as a GameChanger back in the fall?
When I was selected to be a part of Prevea Health’s Change Your Game Challenge, I couldn’t get over what an opportunity this was! The selection came at a time in my life as I have set a retirement date where I needed the push to get moving and to get my total health in order.
Biggest hurdle you had to overcome during your participation with the Challenge?
For me, the biggest hurdle I had to overcome during the Challenge was to fully understand the benefits of becoming physically active and what it would all provide me.
The moment over the past six months you are most proud?
There are many things I have been proud of during the last six months, but drilling new holes in my belts is definitely the highlight.
Biggest way your life is different now than last summer?
Having diabetic neuropathy, I have little feeling in my feet. One of the biggest ways my life is different, is the joint pain has lessened by huge amounts while the anodyne treatment (a light therapy) I discovered during this time has given me a better sense of feeling in my feet.
What would you tell someone thinking about making a change similar to the one you made?
I would tell someone that we all have an obligation to be a partner in our health; do not be afraid to challenge your health care provider by asking for clarity and details. Surround yourself with a group who collaborates together and cares about you like you are part of the family. Lastly, trust yourself and do not accept the status quo as a norm.