“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
I have always loved this quote. To me, it gives us permission to start where we are and allows for growth no matter where that starting line began.
In May of 2017, our District Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert, decided to start. She attended a conference on rising healthcare costs incurred by the County of Sacramento and saw statistics regarding the number of unhealthy children in our county. She decided to do something to change those numbers and to actively support the health and wellness of her employees and their families. She reached out to Supervising Deputy District Attorney Molly Steber to implement and begin a DA Health and Wellness Program as soon as possible. Molly then asked me to join her and that is where LiveWell @ sacda’s journey began.
Molly and I had no idea where to start. Molly had an article about health and wellness programs within corporations and we started to meet with folks who were integral in those programs. We met with private companies as well as a school district and another county agency. We shared ideas, took pictures, and groaned out loud when we knew how much of a process this was going to be. We also got inspired and excited about the prospect of introducing a first of its kind program to this office.
You see, we are in an evolving time. The stress of our work is tremendous and to this point, there has been little recognition of the effects this job can have. In seeking justice, we also bear a lot of weight. That does not automatically lift off when we go home at night. For some of us, we are connected to this job well into the evenings through the weekends. Technology has kept us in the loop both to our benefit and to our detriment.
This program is meant to address the health and wellness needs of everyone who works here both during work hours and after hours. We hope that you will find some inspiration here. This may be to make physical changes, readjust sleep patterns, address hydration and food habits, or give yourself permission to begin again and again.
This journey led us to a “soft opening” in December where we introduced a few companies devoted to health and wellness. TeamRide, Capitol Floats, The Academy and nutrition expert, Scott Estrada, were all present to assist LiveWell @ sacda to give you a preview of what’s to come. They even offered free sessions and samples in acknowledgement of our vision.
So, let’s begin. You’ve heard it before. There is no time like the present. We are here to give you the tools and support to do what you can, with what you have, where you are!
By: Jennifer Tucker
Deputy District Attorney and Yoga Teacher
Wife and mother of three