How do you change your life?
If you’re Frank, you dance. Well, technically, you Zumba.
The Victorville resident discovered Zumba classes last year at IEHP’s Community Resource Center (CRC) and it has become one of his favorite things to do. Diagnosed with high blood pressure, Frank started visiting the CRC because he had heard it offered no-cost health and fitness classes for the community.
What he found though, was so much more.
“I met with a CRC Health Navigator and she was able to help me get assistance with behavioral health services, housing, even with my resume,” he said. “She also signed me up for classes like Tai Chi, Meditation and, of course, Zumba.”
After several months, Frank noticed his body and his spirt were growing stronger by the day. He lost 50 pounds, learned how to eat better, got his blood pressure under control and learned important coping skills that helped him deal with depression and anxiety.
“The staff is wonderful, the classes provided are outstanding and I love the fact that when you walk in, you’re treated like family,” Frank said. “When I arrive in the morning, I’m ready to start my day when I feel the positive energy from this facility and the people inside.”
Today, Frank is an unofficial ambassador for the CRC. He visits almost every day and tells everyone he meets about how the CRC and IEHP helped him change his life and live healthier. Even still, he’s not shy when it comes to sharing feedback with the staff if he thinks something can be done even better.
“They listen to everything I say because they really want to help. IEHP is in touch with the needs of the community and for that I’m grateful,” he said.