Prevention Partners: Pay it Forward

With my PULSE assignment completed, I am writing up my case study and integrating back into GSK.  One of my last PULSE assignments ideas was to write a thank you note to each one of the Prevention Partners’ employees and thank them for their help and support during my Pulse assignment.

Yesterday, I was taking a break and walking around the building to stretch my legs when I ran into another 2014 PULSE alumni.  We immediately found a quiet area and started to chat about our experiences, take aways, and how we had changed.  The most important part of the conversation was how we didn’t want to change back into the pre-PULSE corporate version of ourselves.  What could we do to keep our new PULSE inspired selves?

The PULSE program’s motto is “Be the Change” with PULSE administrators encouraging  the PULSE volunteers to do more, feel better and live longer by acting as a catalyst for change.  We as PULSE volunteers have three goals:

– Change Communities

– Change Ourselves

– Change GSK

There is no beating around the bush.  GSK is a large, global corporation, which like so many other corporations has it own style of working.  Part of working for a large corporation is dealing with politics, bureaucracy, and the ever competitive corporate ladder.  Does Change GSK = change the corporate fray?  Is that my challenge? Is that even possible?

So with encouragement from my PULSE alumni, Anne Marie, I am going to reserve my Prevention Partners thank you notes for my GSK colleagues.  With the removal of the coffee, tea, cups, sugar and cream, I am going to donate to the break room with the hopes of inspiring others.

This week’s Pay It Forward:

Break room donation: sugar and napkins

Appreciation: Told LY I appreciated her comments and was glad she was able to use the data to move the project forward.

Thank you: 4 hours until the end of the day…I’ll keep you posted, but I have someone in mind.


Weekly Wellness Tally


–          0 – bike rides:          Done for the season

–          0 – 1 hour walks:    17 degrees.  Crazy coldness.

–          0 – jumping jacks or leg kicks while heating up lunch in microwave: Oh, GSK would like I lost my mind.

–          0 – ½ hour walks at work:  Oh hell no!

–          0 – walks to run errands at plaza across the street: Back at GSK, no plaza to walk to without getting hit.

–          4 – ½ hour runs (indoors)

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

–          0 – 30 minutes of that cardo, fat burning video:    Missing my Prevention Partners exercise buddies.

–         6– ½ hour set of leg trashing:  I should just buy an elliptical  machine.

Fruit Intake:

–         Strawberries, clementines, blueberries & raspberries

–         Granny smith apples sliced and dipped in hummus.  Friday morning breakfast

Veggie Intake:

–         2 heads of broccoli are in my crisper drawer.  This is going to take some work.


Chocolate = estimated 5 gallons of chocolate or candy since Christmas day.  Can someone lend me a case of ibuprofen? I am going to need it.

caffeine tea = 0  What?

Coke = 1 – 12 oz. bottle for safety reasons while driving along the I-95 corridor


Pulse 2014 volunteer at Prevention Partners, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

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