Marsha Royer has a sparkle in her eye as she talks about her love of fitness. The intake nurse for Home Health Care at Mendocino Coast Hospital, this lively and energetic 59-year-old is incredibly focused on her health.
“When I was in my 30’s, I jogged and did aerobics. As I’ve aged, I have modified my fitness activities to suit my body’s needs. I’ve always had an interest in nutrition and fitness. At home, I’m wife to John, daughter to Frances (her mother, who lives with them), and ‘mommy’ to our two Bichons, Joy and P-nut. I need to take care of myself so that I can take care of others. To me, wellness is feeling good and having energy to take care of my work and family responsibilities.”
As a hospital employee, Marsha makes sure she incorporates a fitness routine into her daily schedule. “On work days, I exercise at lunch time. I use the hospital’s Physical Therapy gym [available to MCDH employees following an orientation] or I walk. In the winter when it’s too cold or rainy, the gym is such a blessing.
On days off, my husband and I walk on the Haul Road.” On the weekend, there is nothing Marsha enjoys more than working on the landscaping of her 2.5 acre parcel, creating beauty in her garden. Gardening “satisfies my soul,” says Marsha.
Marsha utilizes some of the Wellness Center’s programs, including nutrition counseling with Lynn Unroe and participation in Theresa Kirke’s Tai Ji class.
“Nutrition plays a big part in feeling good and staying healthy. Lynn Unroe, the hospital dietitian, has helped my husband and me with a meal plan that is delicious and satisfying. Eating well is a family priority. The Wellness program is terrific! I’ve been doing Tai Ji with Theresa for three years; it’s part of my ‘mental health’ routine, along with gardening and spending time with my husband.”
Marsha’s goal is to continue feeling good and to stay active as long as possible in her life.