Since its inception, the Priority Health Champions program has relied on people like Ann Vidro to connect with Champions in the community. In 2011, Ann was named director of the Champions program because of her dedication and enthusiasm for leading a healthy lifestyle and for encouraging others to do so too.
“I think staying active has helped me deal with life in general. I feel like I can get back up when something knocks me down, I feel stronger and more positive.”
Exercise is Ann’s favorite way to relieve stress and blow off steam. Ann grew up on a small farm in Southern Michigan with five brothers and sisters, a horse (Pudding) and a rabbit (Sugar); exercise was a way for her to take a break from the hustle and bustle that came with farm life. “I think staying active has helped me deal with life in general. I feel like I can get back up when something knocks me down, I feel stronger and more positive.”
Maintaining her physical health is an issue dear to Ann’s heart. Her father died of emphysema and she has several other family members who have battled cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, among other health conditions. “My motivation to live a healthy lifestyle is to hopefully still be doing races when I’m 80 or 90 years old.”
Never content with just one form of exercise, Ann is an avid triathlete. The combination of swimming, biking and running keeps things from getting repetitive. “While I might follow a training plan leading up to a race, I also give myself permission to bike on a specific day if I don’t really feel like running and know that it’s still benefiting my end goal.” Cross training in all three disciplines also helps prevent injuries that can occur from focusing on just one type of sport.
Ann doesn’t just participate in triathlons— she also organizes them. She and her husband Andy founded the Grand Rapids Triathlon, an event that’s in the top three percent of triathlons in the country and has been voted as one of the top five newbie-friendly triathlons in the world. The couple also manages the Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. Being a triathlete has given Ann the opportunity to make lifelong friends and form a support system with like-minded athletes. “The people I have met doing triathlons are incredibly positive and encouraging.”
“I joined the Champions program because I am passionate about health and nutrition.”
Ann believes people should become a Priority Health Champion to connect with other individuals who aspire to live a healthy lifestyle. “I joined the Champions program because I am passionate about health and nutrition. I believe when we are healthy physically, our mental and emotional health improves as well. I joined this team to meet others who were passionate about living a healthy lifestyle.”
About Priority Health Champions
The Priority Health Champions program is a group of people focused on getting and staying healthy while inspiring others to follow suit. This program is open to everyone who has a passion to be and stay active and healthy. Champions are a close-knit group of people across the state of Michigan who come together to compete in races and walks, and share insights on how they’re living healthy lifestyles. To learn more about the passionate people that make up the Priority Health Champions community and to sign up, check out priorityhealth.com/champions.