Prevention Partners’ Board Meeting

Attending the Prevention Partners’ board meeting was an incredible experience for me.  After hang out in Corporate America for the last 80 years, (OK, I’m lying; it just feels like 80 years most days.), I usually go home exhausted and feeling like a small cog in a very large, complex watch.  However, here at Prevention Partners, I actually feel like a vital part of the company, and my Data Integration project is going to make a large impact to the staff.  They will be able to do their jobs more efficiently; they will have more streamlined data to analyze and make business decisions.  How Great Is That? 

Sitting in on a board meeting, I got to hear the company’s audit report, the president’s report on the progress of the company’s goals, and a board member being nominated.  The board members aren’t people who are sitting on the board for the prestige or for the big money, they really believe in the work this NGO is doing.  What a great feeling.  

Not only do they believe in the work, but they value the staff who are rolling up their sleeves and making the NGO happen on a daily basis.  At the end of the board meeting as people are mingling and eating lunch, a board member was leaving; she hugged one or two of the Prevention Partners’s staff and thanked them.   Priceless.

Weekly Wellness Tally


–          0 – bike rides:          Done for the season

–          0 – 1 hour walks:    Interrupted by arctic air flows

–          3 – jumping jacks or leg kicks while heating up lunch in microwave

–          0 – ½ hour walks at work:  Arctic air

–          0 – walks to run errands at plaza across the street: Drove my car

–          5 – ½ hour runs (indoors)

–          0 – ½ hour runs (outdoors):  Arctic air

–          0 – 30 minutes of that cardo, fat burning video:    😦  I had meetings

–          5– ½ hour set of leg trashing

Fruit Intake:

–         Blueberries and raspberries.  Note to self: Don’t ever consume 2 containers of raspberries within a 3 hour span .  Whomever said you cannot have too much fiber was completely wrong.

Veggie Intake:

–         Celery, snap peas, and asparagus.  I was a bit worried that the girl at the register didn’t know what sugar snap peas were.


Chocolate = 1 packet of the yummy trail mix with the dark chocolate bits.

White Chocolate: Technically, WC has no caffeine.  However, Wednesday afternoon, I slinked into my bosses office to raid her candy bowl.  At this point of the day, I was a ravenous, sugar zombie digging through a bowl of candy looking to score the hidden chocolate that may be lurking at the bottom.  I found three WC Hersey kisses with raspberry swirls.  Not my favorites,but in this mental state, I grabbed them, ran back to my desk and devoured them within 60 seconds of sitting down.  Not my best moment.

Cups of high octane caffeine tea = 1.  It was completely medicinal.  I ran out of regular sinus medicine at work and had to take Sudafed.  Within 30 minutes, my brain came to an abrupt halt.  Then I started to contemplate who wasn’t at work so I could use their office to take a nap.   No matter where you work, for Corporate America or for a small NGO, napping during work hours is not part of the Ways of Working policy. (OK unless you work at Google where there are nap pods.  I saw it in the movie Internship; so it must be true.)  Hence the emergency cup of tea.


Now, that is what I am talking about Corporate America.  Sleep pods on every floor. Whose with me?

See you next week,
Pulse 2014 volunteer at Prevention Partners, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

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