Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Being Well: Sarah Johnston, Integris Health, Oklahoma City

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Being Well: Sarah Johnston, Integris Health, Oklahoma City

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Sarah Johnston is a Web content specialist with Integris Health in Oklahoma City, and she has worked with the company for five years. She builds and maintains websites for the health care provider, but also considers herself a social media concierge. She runs the company's Facebook and Twitter accounts, and helps direct patients who have questions or who are trying to find the right doctor.

She spends most of her time on social media sites interacting with the public, but she also helps the media team coordinate Integris' annual events, including the women's health forum, the Cancer Institute's celebration of life and the Race for the Cure events. She will also live-tweet a speech by public figures, such as Diane Keaton or Deepak Chopra.

"My job has lots of periods of high intensity," Johnson said. "Events like these are well-known to the public, so they involve much more hands-on work."

Johnston said she began her wellness journey shortly after she started her job at Integris. She had to have an urgent surgery, and said her pulse dropped dangerously low during the procedure, due to her weight. When she was recovering, her doctor told her she had to get control of her weight. She has a family history of heart disease and diabetes. So her doctor's words were an 'aha' moment, she said.

"The thought of dying at a young age scared me," she said. "I thought, 'that is ridiculous. These are bad habits, but you know better.'"

Previously, she said she had settled with the idea that she would be overweight the rest of her life. She said she was ashamed of her weight and scared to talk about it. When she began talking about her weight, she discovered that she was surrounded by a support network, including her family, friends, co-workers and boyfriend.

"I don't know what I was afraid of; I found nothing but support," she said. "I found out I'm not alone. Millions of people fight the same battle every day."

Since she started on her wellness journey, Johnston has lost 70 pounds. …

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