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The SMART Goal Challenge

The Community Health Engagement Advocates (CHEA) of CareOregon, formerly known as the Member Advisory Council, began a SmartGoal program approximately six months ago. CHEA members wanted to reach out to other members by engaging in their own health and improving their well-being. Denise Johnson, CareOregon health coordinator, helped frame the project and worked with the advocates in selecting a healthy SmartGoal.

“I became familiar with the S.M.A.R.T. concept through my work on community health projects and working with fitness clients. Tamara and I began talking about ways we could help members of the MAC improve their personal health and experience a sense of achievement in a supportive “team” environment. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals was the perfect solution!” 
- Denise Johnson,
health coordinator

S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. A SmartGoal should be measureable, so you know when you’ve accomplished it.

For the project, each CHEA member focused on one element in their life that they wanted to manage better. Some of the goals were:

Weight loss
Flexibility (able to touch their toes)
Arm strength
Blood sugar contro

CHEA member Ed Pulanco managed his borderline Type 2 diabetes by losing approximately 20 pounds.

Diane Myers started eating healthier and now fits into her favorite pants.

Kay Dickerson walks her dogs every day, and is now able to touch her toes and has more stamina to participate in the “Get a Life Marching Band.”

Nancy Judkins goal was to get “Michele Obama’s arms” by lifting weights.

Each member enjoys reporting their success, as well as setbacks, as they encourage each other to continue their SmartGoals.

CHEA challenges CareOregonians to set their own SmartGoals
I can’t speak for all council members, but I understand that some achieved their S.M.A.R.T. goal and some did not. I give kudos to those who did, say “keep up the good work” to those who have not yet reached their goals.

My goal was to lose 15 pounds by September 1, and I did achieve it – although I’ve teetered over and under the 15 pounds. Of course when I passed the 15 pound mark, I had to treat myself to some Chinese food – one of my weaknesses.  So off to the Canton Grill I went.

I’m still exercising and don’t plan to gain it back. I feel so much better and I look better, also.