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Area fitness coach helps one man lose 75 pounds, no longer insulin dependent

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Area fitness coach helps one man lose 75 pounds, no longer insulin dependent Area fitness coach helps one man lose 75 pounds, no longer insulin dependent

WILMINGTON, NC - (WECT) - More employers are doing what they can to make it easier for their employees to hit the gym. In Wilmington, Verizon has taken it one step further, one fitness instructor is changing the lives of people she works with every day.

For Stefanie Jones, it's more than just a job.

"We really just turn up the music, and help as many people as we can," said Jones. She's helping Verizon's employees, like Daniel Lindsey, turn their lives around. Lindsey started coming to the gym about a year ago.

"I kind of had a sedentary life style - wasn't very active at all," said Lindsey. "From a medical standpoint I had to do something for the diabetes."  Now he is 75 pounds lighter, an iron triathlete and no longer insulin dependent.

"I've seen a complete mind body change," said Jones.

"I feel better about myself," said Lindsey. "I have a higher energy level and the cost savings from not having to take insulin is significant." It's not just Lindsey. Andrea Milman has been hitting the gym every day as well. She started at the same time she started Verizon's quit smoking program.

"I traded my old best friend which was the cigarettes for my new best friend - which is the gym," said Milman. She broke a decades long habit. 

"I'm so much happier and my kids see it," said Milmna. But it's not just about breaking a sweat, it's a chance for employees to stretch their legs during a workday that typically calls for a lot of sitting. 

"A healthy employee is a productive employee," said Jones. "It really helps them go back to work and be able to focus."

Verizon is not the only company geared towards helping employees stay healthy. New Hanover Regional Medical Center has a gym for employees and several local companies including GE and PPD are part of the American Heart Associations Fit Friendly program.

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