Elinor “Ellie” Stalker is from Westmoreland, NH and became a Champion on May 1, 2014 when she made the pledge to live, share, model and inspire the Healthy Monadnock 2020 initiative after becoming a new member of the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene Employee Wellness Advisory Group, where she is an employee in the PACU department.
As a nurse in the PACU department at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, Ellie has always had wellness and health at the forefront of her life both at work and home. However, it wasn’t until she joined the Employee Wellness Advisory Group almost one year ago at her organization, was she asked to become a Champion of Healthy Monadnock 2020. “I have always tried to live a healthy lifestyle with being active and eating well with moderation in indulgences. I try to be a role model for family, friends and co-workers. I feel that is what a champion is, so I signed the pledge”, she says after being asked to become a Champion this past spring. Ellie felt that it was an easy decision to Champion the cause of HM2020 and even signed up her entire department as Champions, too!
Health and wellness, both in her work life and personal life, has always been a priority for Ellie. “Walking daily and encouraging family or a friend to join me when possible is one of the ways that feel like a Champion”, she says. “I enjoy serving healthy meals at work and home, being a role model on my activity and eating, such as limiting snacking, eating healthy and taking the stairs whenever possible.” Ellie also loves encouraging fun activities with family and friends such as hikes, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Clearly from Ellie’s personal passion for health and wellness, her signing up as a Champion, and through her efforts at her workplace around worksite wellness and Champion recruitment, she sees great value in the Champions program. Ellie believes that the more “the Champions program spreads, the more active and healthy our community will be.” By recruiting Champions from within her department, she has set an example for a culture of health in her organization with a wish to extend the Champion invitation to her husband, Clayton, also fellow employee and friend Carol.