My college advisor warned me before I once submitted a paper to the internet, “Don’t submit this unless you know the conversation you are entering.” I often remember that comment when I am debating whether to express my opinions openly to strangers, acquaintances and even sometimes close friends worrying that I may not know enough about the topic to expand the conversation – not because we might disagree, that is the inevitable. What if I just really don’t know the conversation I am entering? Well, maybe I don’t always – maybe none of us do. I do understand that expertise in any field comes with time, mistakes, disagreement, other people’s dynamics and even agreement with invitational depth – all something I hope to get by entering these conversations – starting now (by expressing it to the whole planet online! Here we go!)
As the Founder of Health Possible Inc., I have been truly scared, to say the least, to publicly own what Health Possible Inc. morally stands for so we remain open to the masses. However, I am now in more belief than not that Health Possible Inc.’s culture will become no less than a magnetic force because I express its founding motive. I’m writing today to take that leap and completely own the culture of my 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation, Health Possible Inc.
Let’s simply start with what it is. Health Possible Inc. is a Support Group and Financial Aid for ‘obesity prevention training and education.’ The organization is an administrative office that, again, financially aids and then case manages general public clients and Physician referrals in three core components of preventive physical healthcare: 1. Fitness, 2. Nutrition and 3. Mental Health.
How it operates. Someone who is severely over-weight and/or at risk for his/her weight becoming severe undergoes the HPI application process, then their application goes to the Admissions Committee, Admissions will determine how much financial aid the person will qualify for, the Health Recruiter will determine which divisions of care and how much of each the individual needs, assigns the [now qualified] client to specific providers best fit for him/her (our providers are already established brands/professionals around the city within those three divisions), and then the client is assigned an HPI Case Manager and progress is tracked for our 3 month program duration. Upon official client enrollment, the client is additionally now a part of Support Group, which is currently led by a volunteer licensed Counselor and meets two times per month. This Support Group is ongoing and open to the public so that people seeking the same type of support that Health Possible Inc. offers do not have to be an official client to find that support. This is both a place to educate the public about at-home health practices as well as a channel for our prospective applicants to fully engage in the program.
Qualifications for the Health Possible Inc. program can be summarized as (1) ages 6+, (2) someone in the immediate household must be currently employed and (3) the client and employed individual must be a legal U.S. citizen (typically we hope this is the same individual).
The various dynamics of the model are (1) a nonprofit support and financial aid source for expensive, year 2000’s-necessary types of healthcare; (2) a for-revenue business for consulting the not struggling general public with our same providers not at modified rates; (3) it’s likeness to [an unidentified form of] health insurance and it’s ability to become a form of policy or a formula within policy; and (4) it’s direct service of care being a Physician’s preference over some pharmaceutical drug prescriptions, Health Possible Inc. is a lot of things registered as a Charity, but a hand out to the public is not one of them.
Until I state otherwise, these upcoming paragraphs are completely unrelated to Health Possible Inc. in any way, shape or form, although they are, however, related to me as a person.
I attended the 2018 Southeastern Pediatric Nutrition Conference for two days recently (11/8 – 11/9/18) and a hot topic arose about policies during one of the Doctor’s presentations. While I do not want to try to re-word the majority of what she said (this is me treading lightly) I will focus on the discussion between our other Health Possible representative and I at our table during the discussion.
The woman was advocating for feeding all people of America no matter what, but her target debate was for children. The only verbatim point I can attest to that she made was the plethora of food in America and, “We have no excuse.” I turned to my rep and said, “I think I might be the only disagreeing in the room but, I do not agree with this.” She laughed a little to welcome my opinion but, with maybe 100 other people in the room she said, “No you are definitely not the only one who disagrees in here.” The man who stood up with the microphone to debate the presenter proved my rep right. She and I both continued whispering and overall, this is an issue to me that so many are willing to give instead of teach.
I could agree or disagree with the presenter and explained to my representative that at the end of the day, should you feed the child – I think so – but should it be implemented to the child that the food is still being worked for by someone else through the chain of mankind? And that things cannot just be given to you throughout your whole life to avoid the sometimes inevitable – that children, too, will someday be adults and may spend their life waiting to be fed? Where is the parents lesson in this as well? While many places may go out of their way to do this, a lot still don’t! Lastly, feeding the child is also, in a way, feeding the parent whether that is literally by sending the food home with the child for sharing or allowing the parent to not find a way to provide for the child (because someone else is feeding their child!) especially in the scenarios that they are completely capable. My hope through these charities doing amazing justices for these children and even many adults, who are, acceptably, not the brightest collared employees, is that a child can see that their food is not coming from their own household and that this is hopefully different than most of the other kids around them – that something is wrong with that picture, thus that child grows up to understanding the realities of his/her upbringing and does choose to work to earn his/her own living… be independent. As often as we have those who really cannot do – who most people, myself included, go to the depths of hell to assist – it is undeniable that people make excuses for the ones who can do so that we charitable souls can give to them and surely for lots of other reasons that I do not know yet.
Is giving still giving if you are giving with one hand and using the other to take some of their ability to stand in that laborious circle of life?
The grand scheme of my entire thought if you remain open to two sides is that America could either (A) move toward a perpetual mass production of food using robotics, not being advantageous of the hard working food laborers (or farmers) out there, and feed all people of America no matter what – and likely still face some sort of economical consequence (you cannot do good without creating or meeting bad and we have not done this at a 100% scale to learn that yet) or (B) allow some families to suffer by eating less or not eating at all because they are simply not providing for themselves. I wish so badly that that we could just add on to B before technology does take over, measure intangible things, and say that we are only feeding the people who are 110% physically or mentally incapable of providing for themselves or their families. Because really, who in any political party would just try to force completely capable people to stay home so we can give our own food to them? That does not mean people don’t voluntarily stay home on their own will out of laziness or advantageous avenues on that end of our system, but would even you cross your street and beg your currently employed neighbors to stop going to work because you can handle it for the block? Sounds like the consequence of some past presidential candidates’ agendas, but it also sounds like a rockstar of a CEO somewhere who would never let people do an unsatisfactory job! Again, my thought remains open whether we go forward with a mass production and the untested forms of suffrage or backward with household suffrages we have lived with for hundreds of years. It is my own belief that there would have to be a proper time in America, not an era, but a single moment, that our way of living shifts and that moment heavily relies on the number of people still working versus the number of robotics working for us.
Now that I have shown you the complete nudity of my indecisive opinions while I somehow still manage to intuitively lean, here is why Health Possible Inc. targets a culture of hard-working clients and does not qualify just any individual applying for our funding.
The rest of this is about Health Possible Inc.
I used to be a Certified Personal Trainer and then while training I also became a certified Youth Exercise Specialist. I have had the poorest of clients and the richest of clients. I have had clients so poor that I gave them free training and they didn’t show up (not a transportation problem)… I have also had clients so poor that I gave them free training and they cried [and succeeded]. These are different kinds of poverty. I have had clients so rich that I gave them free training and they paid me anyway. I have also had clients so rich that I never gave them free training because they did not show up to half of the ones that they were paying for (again, not a transportation problem). These are different kinds of wealth.
My impoverished clients who would cry were, in their character and integrity, just like my wealthy clients who would pay me for free training. They both also worked hard (with me and at their jobs) and they both appreciated what I was doing for them. Both people understood the value of anyone’s dollar.
My impoverished clients who did not show up were, in their character and integrity, just like my wealthy clients who paid for their sessions and did not show up. Neither of them cared about my time and neither of them appreciated what I was trying to do for them.
Health Possible Inc. is for the people who cried and showed up, and although I did not build a charity for the wealthier class of America, I did build it for the severely struggling middle classes of America who pay you anyway for something you tried to give them for free. To be completely honest, I built Health Possible for the exact kinds of people my parents are, the most inspiring people in my whole life.
Our standards for qualifications are that of these people. We do not mandate that someone be employed because we don’t want to help the people who cannot work. Hell, maybe some people cannot work because they are so physically and mentally incapable and that is something we specialize in! I am not blind to this, or any of the other things you are probably brewing in your mind right now. I do not sleep most nights trying to determine how to expand these horizons in greater time… grants, reserved funding… whatever else I can come up with each day. Moving forward, we mandate that someone be employed because of what employment represents on an independence level and familiarize yourself now that Independent Health is the number one core value of Health Possible Inc. Employment represents current time effort, the providing for yourself and/or others around you, your contribution to the circle of first world living, a person’s literal effort to having any financial means, and most importantly, it signifies a commitment elsewhere – a gauge that we require as a financial aid service in order to appropriately distribute your donations to the people you hope that they would be for. Are there an exhausting number of ways to gauge commitment? Yes! Sports, arts, employment, satisfied family members, the care of animals, I could go on forever!
So why, might you ask, do we narrow it down to the one and only circumstance of having a job? Well, in order to best compare the value of a dollar, if our providers are working, we ask that the applicant is too. In other words, the playing field is even. Even if the applicant is not working directly for the sake of our providers like the provider is for the applicant, that does not matter. It is still contributing to the same circle of first world living and they are all connected. If the applicant works, it is the most accurate way to say they understand the value of our time and the value of that dollar. We anticipate ambition, appreciation and diligence.
We request that the applicant work or that the applicant has the example of someone immediately present working for their cause because each one of our providers time is very valuable, especially when he/she is a partner with Health Possible Inc. at a modified rate when the professional could be getting, say, $50 - $150 per hour during that same session with some other client, but they’re not because they want to help someone who has a history of working hard that can’t get there without Health Possible Inc.! As a former Personal Trainer, I knew in every ‘sale’ for partnership that our providers want to help those people, because we both know that those people actually want our provider’s help and to LEARN!
No matter who is reading this (A donor, a member, a client, a provider, a stranger):
Health Possible Inc. is not here to take your money and Health Possible Inc. is not here to hand anything out. We are here to vet the honesty that a person does not make enough money to afford what we professionals all entered our careers to do – change mankind.
Through our support, we will teach you Independent Health
Commitment is our culture.
I have been employed in some way since the ripe age of 12 or 13 as a babysitter. On May 21, 2009 I landed my first legal job at Subway in Windsor, NY and then in 2010 moved to Long Island [only] during the summer to earn larger income as a waitress living with my sister - a living and working pattern I continued for 3 summers (on the Island). In 2015, I graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY with a Bachelor's in Communications & Media, where I was an NCAA DIII women's soccer player. With the support of my family and scholarships, I worked my way through college as a nanny, bartender and waitress, and a housekeeper. After becoming a first generation college graduate in my family, I moved to Wilmington, NC to become an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer (ACE CPT) and National Academy of Sports Medicine Youth Exercise Specialist (NASM YES) for O2 Fitness until 2017. On February 13, 2017, Health Possible Inc. was awarded it's Articles of Incorporation and then it's 501(c)(3) status and by July of 2017, I quit my CPT position and was conditionally accepted into East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine for a Masters in Public Health, which I sorrowfully deferred for my finances and the well-being of my relationship. I was quickly recruited to work in private education administration where I currently am the Upper School Office Manager and the Director of Student Activities (leading community service and internship programs) while I am still focused on Health Possible Inc.'s self-sufficiency and success.
Health Possible Inc. was founded from facing front-of-the-line duty situations, daily, where people could not afford to prioritize themselves through personal training. The model of Health Possible Inc. is designed to medium the expense of preventive healthcare practice for those willing to commit and are ready to change with less financial means - and vise versa - take those committed and ready to change who cannot afford preventive care and bring them to professionals looking to fulfill their career missions to educate, train and counsel.