Wellness Spot Award

Wellness journeys 2020

Each quarter, Grinnell Mutual recognizes one individual for their outstanding commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle. Read their stories.

Dan Carmichael

Dan's Story

Wellness Spot Award winner Dan Carmichael, senior claims adjuster, shares how adjusting his lifestyle has inspired others.

Face photo of Dan Carmichael

I am so thankful to Grinnell Mutual for their commitment to wellness. The wellness programs Grinnell Mutual offers certainly motivate me! I continually strive to increase my well-being by attending different types of exercise classes at my local rec center several times a week; take walks in my neighborhood and work out at home with a stretching exercise program. My favorite class is a kick-boxing class called “Knock-Out,” and I have started playing pickleball too!

I have also started to investigate the benefits of eating a diet of mostly plant-based foods. I’m currently reading a book called, “Plant Strong” by Rip Esselstyn and discovering “the world’s healthiest diet” with 150 plant-based recipes. This has led to weight loss and better health.

My motivation for all this is that I want to feel better physically and emotionally. With increased activity, stretching, and weight loss in the last couple months, I have better control of my physical ailments. As a result, I’ve been able to take less medicine, which has inspired my family to investigate the benefits of this healthier lifestyle, too.

Better physical health and increased activity has greatly increased my mental well-being as well!

I can now focus on encouraging others instead of focusing on my problems.

Outside of work and home, I regularly volunteer my time and resources at community non-profit agencies that focus on people in need.  I also lead two home bible studies with nine others and teach Sunday school at my church.

Be well at Grinnell Mutual

Our employees are our greatest asset, so we do our best to keep them well. Learn more about the Larry Jansen Wellness Center at our home office in Grinnell, Iowa, which houses a free medical clinic and a fitness center. You can also read about the benefits that come with being on our team.

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