What is your name and what condition-specific team do you work on?
My name is Abby Harris and I am the Team Lead for the Cardiometabolic Team. Our conditions include hypertension, dyslipidemia, and atrial fibrillation. We also just took on a new hospital readmissions reduction program! I received my undergraduate degree from Auburn University (War Eagle!) in 2010 and shortly after moved to Birmingham to complete UAB’s Dietetic Internship and Master’s program. I am a registered dietitian and an NBC-HWC certified health coach. I have worked at Pack Health for the past two years, but my experience prior was in corporate wellness and nutrition counseling.
Why do you work at Pack Health? What’s your favorite part of your job? Where do you get your inspiration?
I work at Pack Health because of the company’s mission and the people. I am fortunate to have a job where I get to come in and truly make an impact on someone’s life. I also love the company culture and my coworkers at Pack Health. It is a flexible and fun work environment but everyone is still so driven and passionate about their work. Needless to say, I get my inspiration from my members and my coworkers. Hearing my member’s success stories and seeing the work ethic of those around me really inspires me to do my best!
What’s your favorite healthy food and why? Share a recipe with us!
Now that it’s almost summer, I have been going to the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings and coming home with a big basket of strawberries! I have been enjoying them in smoothies, yogurt parfaits, and just on their own. Lately, this has been my go-to salad for a quick and refreshing dinner… I like to throw in some blueberries too!
What’s your favorite way to stay active and why?
I love to walk! I am fortunate to live in a neighborhood perfect for long walks. Every evening when my husband comes home, we lace up our tennis shoes and head out. It is a great way to catch up on our days with no distractions and get our exercise in too! You can also find me at the YMCA taking advantage of the many different classes they offer!
How else do you practice self-care?
My favorite way to practice self-care is just being outside and getting that vitamin D! Whether it’s spending time on Lake Martin, hiking at Ruffner or Red Mountain, or taking a stroll around the neighborhood, the outdoors always refreshes me and helps me feel relaxed.
What advice do you have for someone just joining the program?
The best advice for a new member is trust and be committed to the program! I hear so many people get frustrated because they are not seeing results during the first week. Remember lifestyle changes take time! Also, keep in mind your Health Advisor is here to help you! If there is something you need or have an idea of how to make the program better for you, don’t be afraid to ask!
Share your favorite member story with us!
It’s hard to pick just one! My favorite stories come from those who participate in the program for a full year. I really get to know the member and share the joy in their successes! It’s amazing when I hear about the A1Cs lowered, the pounds lost, or the medications they no longer need. Like I mentioned earlier, making a lifestyle change can take time but the results are well worth it!