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Hummel receives Healthy Hero Award

Cece Hummel, Service and Support Administrator for the Adams County Department of Developmental Disabilities, was awarded the first Healthy Hero Award by the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition.

The Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition (ACHWC) was formed in 2010 to help combat the staggering obesity and diabetes rates in the County. The “Coalition,” formerly the Adams County Obesity Task Force (2008-2010), is made up of local business stakeholders and researchers from the University of Cincinnati. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of the children of Adams County and their families by assisting the community in creating a culture of wellness through increased physical activities and improved nutrition.

The Healthy Hero Award was developed by the ACHWC to recognize those individuals in Adams County who have overcome great obstacles and have shown a commitment to achieving a healthy level of fitness, improving their well-being and promoting lifelong health. Adams County worksites, schools, and health care providers may nominate someone for this award.

Hummel, a graduate of Manchester High School, has worked for the Adams County Board of Developmental Disabilities since 2009. For the past six years, she has been a loyal, hard-working employee who supports people with disabilities in every aspect of their lives and helps to connect families to services that make life easier not only for the person with the disability, but to the entire family unit.

Staff members from Venture Productions typically enroll in the various challenges hosted by the ACHWC and on April 1, 2015, they engaged in their own worksite wellness challenge, as one of their employee health insurance incentive requirements. The Challenge was the Paleo Diet. This diet consists of no sugar, no potatoes, no bread, limited carbs, and no processed foods and Cece knew that diet was just one step she needed to take in order to start her life transformation. Exercise was the other.

Hummel joined the Manchester Educational and Activity Center for daily workouts and initially, just a few minutes on an elliptical was a big challenge for her. But with continued determination and work, she saw the results every Wednesday when she weighed in at work. He co-workers waited anxiously as she returned to their offices with the numbers. To help keep her on track, her team of supporters at Venture Productions organized a dance party for every 25- pound weight loss milestone.

Seeing the changes in her body, she decided to take her own challenge up another notch by adding the “Couch to 5K” program to her daily exercise routine. With the help of a treadmill, a fitbit to record her daily steps, rain or shine, and faithfully continuing her healthy diet throughout the entire summer and fall months, Cece’s progress continued. However, at one point, she realized that she was literally not consuming enough calories to work off any calories, so she began an education program with Kacy Cluxton Massie, a licensed dietitian and specialist in Intuitive Eating.

Eleven months after beginning this journey, Cece has realized an enormous accomplishment: 197 pounds lost, but more importantly, a higher level of overall wellness. She knows that healthy eating and physical fitness is forever a part of her everyday life, which she says is truly easy if you just set your mind to it.

Hummel hopes to reach her goal of 200 pounds lost by her March birthday. She is certainly on pace to achieve this accomplishment.

After receiving the first ever Healthy Hero Award at the Venture Hawks-Sheriff’s Eagle basketball game on Feb. 28, Hummel said, “I have received several awards in my life, but this is the best one I’ve ever received.” Cece’s journey is certainly worthy of the Healthy Hero Award and her story will be an inspiration to many who want to improve their own well-being.

Pictured are some members of the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition who awarded Cece Hummel, from the Adams County Department of Developmental Disabilities worksite, the first ever Healthy Hero Award at the February 28 Venture Hawks basketball game. Front row, from left, Emily Collett, West Union Elementary School, Lavonne McCoy, Venture Productions, Inc., Cece Hummel, Holly Johnson (with Riley Kirker), Adams County Economic and Community Development, and Debbie Ryan, Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Coordinator: Back row, from left, Joyce Porter, Adams County Regional Medical Center, Jo Hanson, First State Bank, Dane Clark, GE-Peebles Test Operation, Leeann Puckett, Chair, Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition, and Ashlee Cheesbro, The Laurels of Hillsboro.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Hummel.jpgPictured are some members of the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition who awarded Cece Hummel, from the Adams County Department of Developmental Disabilities worksite, the first ever Healthy Hero Award at the February 28 Venture Hawks basketball game. Front row, from left, Emily Collett, West Union Elementary School, Lavonne McCoy, Venture Productions, Inc., Cece Hummel, Holly Johnson (with Riley Kirker), Adams County Economic and Community Development, and Debbie Ryan, Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Coordinator: Back row, from left, Joyce Porter, Adams County Regional Medical Center, Jo Hanson, First State Bank, Dane Clark, GE-Peebles Test Operation, Leeann Puckett, Chair, Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition, and Ashlee Cheesbro, The Laurels of Hillsboro. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

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