Embracing Change and New Beginnings

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant in life.”  Sometimes change brings sadness and happiness all mixed together, as what is happening with my emotions right now as I leave the Y and begin a new career with Aurora Health Care as their Foundation Development Coordinator in Oshkosh and Green Bay.

In 2012, I began my role as Community Health and Wellness Director at the Oshkosh YMCA. It was my job to inform the Oshkosh community on all the many ways we can live a happy and healthy life in our community.  I called it “Bringing the YMCA to you”.  I hope every week you felt inspired by my column and felt that I brought the pillars of healthy learning to your home and family.  Many topics were discussed in the last five years such as exercise, nutrition, active aging, children and exercise, and employee wellness to name a few.  I hope I offered you information that was new and exciting and I always loved to hear how these topics made a difference in people’s lives.

The wonderful thing about working in a community like Oshkosh is being able to collaborate with other organizations.  I am going to be able to keep brining Healthy Oshkosh to our community through a continuing partnership with Aurora Health Care and Oshkosh YMCA.  The definition of collaboration is “the action of working with someone to produce or create something.” The Oshkosh YMCA and Aurora Health Care work hard to continuously collaborate with other businesses and agencies in the community to constantly create and produce unique and helpful programs.  Both organizations are true leaders in the community when it comes to sharing their resources to promote healthy living.

So, I am happy to say that Healthy Oshkosh will continue to be in your Sunday morning newspaper! It just may have a slightly different look though.  I plan to continue to promote all the wonderful things happening at the Y, and around the community which improve health and well-being, but will also be able to connect with health care professionals at Aurora to add some depth and local research that directly apply to our medical community.  I hope this will add to the excitement of services that are offered through the work of Aurora Health Care in Oshkosh.

So, for now, I sign off as Molly from the Y, and sign on as Molly from Aurora. I ask that you take this journey with me and I encourage you to not be afraid of change, as we might lose something good, but find something better.  I hope you continue to find Healthy Oshkosh a valuable part of your week.