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May 2012 News Releases

Martin receives Living Well at Washburn award

Sarah Martin, continuing education short term health care supervisor, Washburn Technical Institute, has been awarded the Living Well at Washburn award. The Living Well at Washburn Award is given to Washburn University employees who are committed to keeping themselves healthy as well as rewarding individuals who possess the self leadership skills necessary to maintain their own wellness status.

Martin had a wake-up call in December 2007 when she was diagnosed with type-II diabetes and weighed 315 pounds. Being a nurse and knowing what diabetes can do, scared the life out of her. It was at that time that Martin decided that something had to change! The change was a lifestyle change… a change in thinking.

It wasn’t just a diet plan, as she started eating better/healthier, working out and changed her attitude on life believing she is going to live life. It wasn’t easy, but now Martin has her diabetes under control. She looks for new activities and adventures.

Martin is dedication to the Susan G. Komen three day 60 mile breast cancer walk was inspired by her cousin, who passed away at the age of 44 from breast cancer, and a good friend, who is a four year breast survivor.

She is currently training to participate in a triathlon in Colorado in August and the Tough Mudder in Kansas City in October. Martin walks, runs, swims, bikes and has a trainer that she works out with. Biking is her newest endeavor and she enjoys long rides on the weekends. Martin average involvement in some activity is six days a week.

As far as barriers, Martin overcame them with working hard to maintain a positive attitude. She truly believes that maintaining a positive attitude can make a tremendous difference in your life and frequently impact the lives of others in a positive way.

Living Well nominations are accepted on a continual basis. Nomination forms can be found at:


Celeste Hajek, coordinator, Employee Wellness Program, 785-670-1314

Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153