Life-Changing Weight Loss Journey For Denver Health Nurse
October 30, 2019
Van Winks manages one of our acute care units, specializing in surgical trauma patients. The job can be very stressful and Van Winks sometimes works more than 60-hours a week. She used to turn to food to de-stress and had become depressed and withdrawn. When her doctor suggested medication to treat her depression, she decided to make some lifestyle changes instead.
She took a wellness class, started working out at Denver Health's employee fitness center and soon was taking better care of herself, inside and out.
“It’s a total lifestyle change,” Van Winks said, pointing out that it is about much more than just dropping the weight.
Now, she goes to the gym to de-stress instead of opening the fridge. She works out six days a week for at least an hour a day, spends more time with her family and makes healthier eating choices.
“The non-scale victories are as important as the pounds lost. I feel more engaged and energetic with patients, staff, my job and my personal life,” said Van Winks.
“Tina is a role model for helping to create a healthier culture and environment of wellness among our staff,” said Tracy Shea, Denver Health's workplace wellness strategist.
Ask her about her weight loss and she’ll tell you her gain is much greater. “I’ve gotten my health back, regained confidence in myself and found new ways of coping with stress,” Van Winks smiled.