University HealthCare Alliance

January 02, 2018

Rosemary Porras

Rosemary Canonigo is our November wellness spotlight winner!  Rosemary is a PSR at VMOC and was  nominated by her supervisor, Sheri Channell.  Rosemary was awarded this month’s spotlight for changing her lifestyle (including losing over 20 pounds in 2.5 months) and for being a role model who serves to inspire others in her office.  Sheri highlighted how Rosemary not only incorporated healthy eating and exercise in her life, but also that she became a Wellness Ambassador to help share wellness opportunities with colleagues.

WELL@UHA asked Rosemary to share her tips on how she stays motivated and to learn more about her.

Q. First, tell us a fun fact about yourself.

A. I’m a wine connoisseur 🙂

Q. In your nomination, your lifestyle change was mentioned as an inspiration to your team. What motivates you to live a healthy lifestyle and how did you start?

A. After working in the healthcare industry for a few years, I see how important it is to take care of myself physically. I am getting married next year which is also a nice motivation for me to really push for a healthier and active lifestyle change.

Q. What are your favorite wellness strategies you’d share with colleagues who are looking to improve their wellness?

A. Health and wellness is not just about what you’re eating. It’s also about what you’re thinking and saying.

Q. What is your favorite thing about working at VMOC/Pleasanton?

A. Oncology can sometimes be a tough field emotionally to work in, but I love being able to put a smile on our patients’ faces any change I get. 

Q. You’re also a Wellness Ambassador. What are some things you’re doing currently at VMOC/Pleasanton to create a culture of wellness?

A. We are just finishing up our office weight loss challenge which was a great way for my coworkers to encourage each other when it comes to healthier food choices and exercise.

Congratulations to Rosemary for taking healthy steps to improve her own wellness and helping her entire office as well!