Meet Carissa

Brook+ Member

"I joined Brook+ because I didn't want to become another diabetes statistic."

Carissa’s motivation to get healthy was her mom. “I was concerned that I would follow in her footsteps, health wise,” Carissa said. “Her struggles with diabetes left me very aware of how much I don’t want those battles to become my own. I don’t want to become another diabetes statistic.” So when she got the invitation to join the Brook+ diabetes prevention program, she jumped at the chance.

“Working with my Health Coach has been so motivating,” Carissa said. “Getting reminders to do things I already knew I should be doing, but was putting off until later, has been so helpful.” Carissa set a big goal on her 53rd birthday – walking 1,000 miles before she turns 54. She and her coach Lindsay worked closely to keep the motivation up. “I messaged my coach every single mile of the way. That’s no exaggeration – Every. Single. Mile. Her support has been a real factor in getting my walking shoes on, especially during quarantine.” Carissa reached her 1,000 mile goal on her birthday and celebrated with a new pair of walking shoes for her next adventure.

"I never felt anything except encouragement while on the program. I loved it so much, I’m doing it all over again!"

What’s more than Carissa’s new found motivation for movement are the health results it’s brought her. At her most recent annual exam, all her blood work numbers were in normal range – something she hasn’t seen in the past. “That’s a serious victory for me,” she said.

Carissa says her new healthy habits have become her lifestyle now, and she’s not looking back. “I encourage everyone to give it a try, there’s no downside or negatives. In fact, I loved it so much, I’m doing it all over again!” Next year, Carissa and her Health Coach Lindsay are helping her gear up to run a half marathon, her biggest goal yet.

Interview conducted by Kelsea Hoover, MS, RDN​

Kelsea is a Registered Dietitian with her Master's degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, and is one of our Brook Experts.