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Lead by example. Follow the leader. Think of all the old clichés you can know. I am jumping off the cliff and going to do my best to put my money where my mouth is.

This month, I began participating in the CHIP Program, sponsored by the Columbus Community Hospital. CHIP stands for Complete Health Improvement Program. The technical description of this is “an affordable lifestyle enrichment program designed to reduce disease risk factors through lifestyle modification.”

In Corey language – I am taking a class that will help me learn how to be healthier. The road to good intentions leads to Hell – another great cliché, but it fits me. I’ve been active all my life. I played three sports in high school, stayed active with intramurals and exercise in college, and have worked at a YMCA for 16 years. If ever there was an easy button, I should have found it. Sadly, walking into my office, past rows and rows of gleaming, shiny, exercise equipment with all the bells and whistles for watching and listening entertainment, doesn’t make me healthy.

Every year most of us, the average Americans, make resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, stop eating candy and drinking pop. And usually in less than three months, that’s out the window. Heck, it’s Jan. 4 as I write this and I’ve shot those resolutions to pieces!

Convenience, busy schedules, meetings, exhaustion, and so much more contribute to my unhealthy lifestyle. I have decided 2019 will be different. It will be THE year that I get healthier. The past few months I’ve been going through old photo albums from my parents’ house. It’s depressing to see how much weight I’ve put on, but it also helps with the wake-up call. I was in much better shape, weighed less, and if I remember that far back, I felt a lot better.

I am looking forward to taking the CHIP class and learning a healthier way of living. Last cliché, I promise. I’m drawing a line in the sand and going to work my hardest to make 2019 the turning point in my journey to better health.

Corey Briggs is the CEO of the Columbus Family YMCA.

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