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UT System Success Story

Name:Terry Lawton
Institution:The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Email Address: Terry.Lawton@UTSouthwestern.edu

"I decided to lose weight initially so my clothes would fit better. Later my motivation was that I did not want to rely on others to take care of me because due to my health I could not take care of myself."

Terry Lawton
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Learn more about Terry's Health & Wellness Success Story.

1. What health behavior did you change?
I changed the type and amount of food I ate and began a regular exercise program. The type of exercise has changed over the years, from an at-home regimen, then on to Jazzercise and now a fitness center membership.

2. Why did you decide to make this change?
I decided to lose weight initially so my clothes would fit better. Later my motivation was that I did not want to rely on others to take care of me because due to my health I could not take care of myself.

3. How did you accomplish your success?
I reduced the amount and type of food I ate. I joined a small fitness center when I started, then later started Jazzercise which I really liked. Then I rejoined a larger fitness center that has all kinds of exercise classes, two pools, and many ways to work out.

4. How did the University of Texas System Living Well: Make it a Priority or your Institutions resources and tools help you?
I completed the HealthQuotient, a powerful health assessment tool. Just answer a few questions about my health and current lifestyle and I receive an accurate, confidential and personalized report on my health status. I worked with a health coach regarding diet. I also participate in several of the internal programs here at UT Southwestern.

5. What goals and obstacles did you have?
My goal now is to maintain my weight and increase strength. Of course, obstacles are working long hours and getting out in the morning early enough to have a full workout at the fitness center!

6. Who supported you during this experience?
My husband is a great support. He also works out and if I miss my workouts several times, he reminds me of why I need to get back on track.

7. What advice do you have for others who want to make this change?
I would advise others to just start. Then increase effort gradually and don't complicate it. Add variety so you don't get bored. Minimize sugar and salt and eliminate drinks that contain high fructose corn syrup!