Your Palomar College Employee Wellness Committee

2017 Carlsbad 5000

Join team “Palomar TEAM LIFE” for the Carlsbad 5000:

This Spring we will once again have a TEAM LIFE team participating in the Carlsbad 5000!  The race is scheduled for Sunday April 2nd.  There are several different start times for the race depending on gender, age, and level.  Most of the TEAM LIFE members will be participating in the race at 9:10am called the “People’s Walk.”

When you register please be sure to click on “Team Registration”and then “Join an Existing Team”.  Our team name is “Palomar TEAM LIFE”.

Click on the image to register

TEAM LIFE Goodie Bag for race participants:

Each TEAM LIFE team member gets a TEAM LIFE goodie bag which includes a t-shirt, bag, and water bottle.  If you have not already received your TEAM LIFE goodie bag please let us know by emailing Terri Wallace ( with your name and your t-shirt size.

You do not have to be an official TEAM LIFE team member to receive the goodie bag.  We know several people have registered for the event, but did not select the TEAM LIFE team.

Our team:

Employees currently signed up under the TEAM LIFE team are the following:

(if you are signed up but not listed below, please email Kelly Falcone ( to be added to the list.  It just means you didn’t select our team… but that’s ok!)

First Name Last Name
Bernie Bongolan
Jose Fernandez
Gennalyn Bongolan
Glyn Bongolan
José Briceño
Bonnie Corbin
james corbin
John Corbin
Wendy corbin
Amber Cross
Celina De La Torre
Shanon Dreyer
Vanessa Dreyer
Kelly Falcone
Brian Gaines
Gordana High
David Lingner
Michelle Musacchia
Patrick OBrien
Sean OBrien
Michelle Ramos Pellicia
Deanna Shoop
Buddy Springer

Here’s a look at the fun from 2016:

Biggest Loser – Week 3 Results!

Week 3

The top three (3) teams remain the same again this week. Great work Apathy Avengers!, Shrinky Dinks, and 3 Gorditos! But look out…Transformers and Thinning the Herd are closing in! We have now lost a combined total of 192.5 pounds! Remember to weigh-in during the scheduled times on Thursdays (12:30-4:30 pm). Our next weigh in is this Thursday, March 23rd. If you cannot make it then, please arrange a make up time with Terri Wallace x 2250 or Julie Robinson x 3713.

As a reminder, there is no weigh in the week of Spring Break. Stay on track and be ready for the Week 6 weigh in on April 6th.

Team Results:

Team Average % loss
Apathy Avengers! -5.98%
Shrinky Dinks -3.35%
3 Gorditos -2.19%
Transformers -2.15%
Thinning the Herd -2.12%
Campus Steppers -1.86%
MMC -1.84%
DRC Divas -1.81%
Flab-u-less! -1.28%
Journey to Lose -1.17%
Team TTCJ -0.33%
Iron Maidens -0.31%

Individual Results:

The top 10 losers to date are…

Name % loss
Kendyl Magnuson -8.28%
Debra Doerfler -7.02%
Carol Moore -5.55%
Tania Silva -5.30%
Devonay Olson-Goodman -5.09%
Tricia Bravo -4.14%
Leon Springer -4.01%
Julie Robinson -3.82%
Mea Daum -3.78%
Loren Pope -3.69%

Healthy Tip of the Week:

Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water: Don’t Medicate, Hydrate!


1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue

Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

2. Promotes Weight Loss

Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!

3. Flushes Out Toxins

Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).

4. Improves Skin Complexion

Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!

5. Maintains Regularity

Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.

6. Boosts Immune System

A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.

7. Natural Headache Remedy

Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.

8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains

Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

9. Puts You In A Good Mood

When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!

10. Save Money!

Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!

Question for you:

How much water are you drinking each day?

Biggest Loser – Week 2 Results!

Week 2

The top three (3) teams remain the same this week. Great work Apathy Avengers!, Shrinky Dinks, and 3 Gorditos! We have now lost a combined total of 152.8 pounds! Remember to weigh-in during the scheduled times on Thursdays (12:30-4:30 pm).  If you cannot make it then, please arrange a make up time with Terri Wallace x 2250 or Julie Robinson x 3713.

Team Results:

Team Average % loss
Apathy Avengers! -4.87%
Shrinky Dinks -2.84%
3 Gorditos -2.37%
Transformers -1.82%
Campus Steppers -1.75%
MMC -1.22%
Thinning the Herd -1.08%
DRC Divas -1.01%
Journey to Lose -0.78%
Flab-u-less! -0.71%
Team TTCJ -0.57%
Iron Maidens -0.07%

Individual Results:

Name % loss
Kendyl Magnuson -6.21%
Debra Doerfler -5.17%
Leon Springer -4.33%
Michelle LaVigueur -4.26%
Tania Silva -3.95%
Carol Moore -3.86%
Abby Corona -3.60%
Rachel Miller -3.32%
Tricia Bravo -3.13%
Mea Daum -2.98%

Healthy Tip of the Week:

Do you know how many steps you are taking each day?  Do you know how many steps you are supposed to be taking?

You may have heard you should be taking 10,000 steps/day.  This is a great goal and one we should always strive for!

The Walking Site reminds us of easy ways we can increase our steps:

  • Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend
  • Walk the dog
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Park farther from the store
  • Better yet, walk to the store
  • Get up to change the channel
  • Window shop
  • Plan a walking meeting
  • Walk over to visit a neighbor
  • Get outside to walk around the garden or do a little weeding
  • (retrieved from

Question for you:

What changes can you make in your daily routine to help you reach 10,000 steps/day?

Biggest Loser – Week 1 Results!

Week 1

We are off to a good start!  This week we lost a combined total of 115.5 pounds!  Thank you to everyone who has signed up and taken the time to weigh-in.  Remember, you do not do your team a favor by missing a weigh-in.  Your weight will revert to your initial number.  So, if you have lost 4 pounds and have an off week and don’t want to weigh-in, don’t give in to it!  Even if you have gone up a couple of pounds, you’d still be in better shape than being dropped back down to your starting weight. Accountability is part of what makes a weight loss program work. There will be great weeks and not-so-great weeks. Learn from them and move forward. Please try to weigh-in during the scheduled times on Thursdays (12:30-4:30 pm).  If you cannot make it then, please arrange a make up time with Terri Wallace x 2250 or Julie Robinson x 3713.

Team Results:

Team Average % loss
Apathy Avengers! -3.42%
Shrinky Dinks -1.85%
3 Gorditos -1.68%
Campus Steppers -1.48%
MMC -1.13%
Thinning the Herd -0.97%
Transformers -0.97%
Iron Maidens -0.83%
Journey to Lose -0.71%
Flab-u-less! -0.69%
DRC Divas -0.61%
Team TTCJ 0.25%

Individual Results:

Top 10 losers were:

Name % loss
Debra Doerfler -5.17%
Michelle LaVigueur -3.33%
Leon Springer -3.12%
Mea Daum -3.10%
Kendyl Magnuson -3.01%
Ghezala Said -2.60%
Tania Silva -2.47%
Loren Pope -2.46%
Rachel Miller -2.39%
Sandra Brown -2.34%

Healthy Tip of the Week:

Do you know how many calories you are consuming?  Do you know if you are consuming enough of the essential macro and micro nutrients?

Try using MyFitnessPal to record your daily food intake! Check out the Nutrition 101 guide from MyFitnessPal to understand your diet better:

Question for you:

What changes are you making in your diet to help you reach your weight loss goals?

Biggest Loser! Let’s do this!

We are so excited to see all the returning and new participants to our annual Biggest Loser weight loss challenge.  Here is some information for a successful experience in this weight loss challenge:

List of Participants and Teams:

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Please talk with your team members and choose a team name (email Suzanne Sebring with your team name).

Weigh-in Times:

All weigh-ins will be held on Thursdays in the HS building, room 202 from 12:30-4:30 pm.  The nursing department will be working collaboratively with Team Life this year to provide the weigh-ins and results analysis. For make-up appointments, call Julie Robinson at ext. 3713 or Terri Wallace at ext. 2250.  The initial weigh-in will take place on Thursday, February 23rd and the final weigh-in will take place on Thursday, May 4th.

What information will you receive each week?

Each week we will post the weekly results based on the average percentage weight loss of your team.  We will also highlight the top individual losers based on percentage of weight loss.

We will also share with you tips for healthy activities that can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

What are the rewards for winners?

There will be cash awards for top male/female winners + additional team prizes.  Stay tuned for an update on the team awards!

Tips to help you succeed on this behavior change challenge:

  • Work with your team members!  Having a weight loss buddy is incredibly helpful for keeping you accountable to your weight loss goals.
  • Use apps such as MyFitnessPal to track your calories and activity.
  • Set Specific Realistic Measurable weekly goals that you hope to achieve to reach your final goal AND record your progress!

If you have questions, comments or ideas for helping our participants succeed, please comment below!

Biggest loser Spring 2017 Sign Ups

We hope you will join us for our annual Biggest Loser challenge!  To sign-up for the challenge you can complete the following form, or you can sign-up in person at the employee Health fair on Wednesday February 22nd, 2017, from 11am-1pm.

We have lost a lot of weight in this challenge!  Since the first challenge in the Spring of 2008 we have lost a total of 2,320 lbs!

  • Spring 2008 (56 participants)= 442 lbs lost
  • Fall 2008 (36 participants)= 208 lbs lost
  • Spring 2009 (52 participants)= 243 lbs lost
  • Spring 2010 (48 particpants)= 248 lbs lost
  • Spring 2011 (48 participants)= 241 lbs lost
  • Spring 2012 (22 participants)= 152 lbs lost
  • Fall 2012 (32 participants)= 271 lbs lost
  • Spring 2013 (18 participants) = 116 lbs lost
  • Spring 2014 (33 participants)= 215lbs
  • Fall 2014 (41 participants)= 93lbs
  • Spring 2015 (31 participants)= 83.2lbs
  • Spring 2016 (30 participants) = 256.6 lbs

Results are based on the percentage of weight that you lose.  So, if you take your change in weight and divide it by your starting weight that is how your percentage is calculated.  click here for a chart of WEIGHT LOSS PERCENTAGES

Would you like a little journal to help you keep track of your progress?  Click here to printout the TEAM LIFE Biggest Loser journal: BIGGEST LOSER participant journal

The scale we use doesn’t only measure your weight, but also your Body Mass Index (BMI), %Body Fat, % muscle, Resting Metabolism, Body Age, and Visceral fat.  Click here for more information on these scores.

Please complete the following form to sign up:

Carlsbad 5000: Join our team: Palomar TEAM LIFE! – One day sale TODAY, December 15th!

Registration is open for the 2017 Carlsbad 5000 on April 2, 2017

Please join team Palomar TEAM LIFE!

Here’s the link to register with our team, just select “Palomar TEAM LIFE” in the drop down list:

You don’t want to miss out on the fun!


Moving the start time of our Couch to 5K workout to 7:15 a.m.!

We’re making it even easier to get ready for the Turkey Trot!  As the workout only takes between 30-38 minutes, we’ve pushed the start time to 7:15 a.m. and you’ll still be finished before 8:00 a.m.!

As a reminder, we’re doing the Couch to 5K workout program – (walking and jogging in intervals – increasing the running as we lead up to the 5K). Join us on the track from 7:15-8:00 a.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays to do two of the three weekly workouts together. You’ll do the third on your own over the weekend. We’ll keep training through Thanksgiving and end with the Turkey Trot that morning. If the Fallbrook location doesn’t work for you…no worries. There are Turkey Trots all over the place. Click here to find a list of available activities.

If you’d like to join us at the Fallbrook location, here’s all the information and a link to sign up:

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Benefiting Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary & Fallbrook Village Rotary Club Foundation

Join us for a 5k stroll, walk or run through the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens and Los Jilgueros Preserve. All levels are welcome. The trot begins at 8:00 am. Exercise before the Thanksgiving feast and see how much better you feel! Want to keep burning calories after the workout is over? Try short high intensity sprints followed by recovery walk.

Click the link below to join Team Palomar for the Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. The cost to join is $30.00 until 10/17; $35 until 11/14; and $40 from 11/15 on. Join early for the best rate. Team Life will provide participants with a swag bag, including a Palomar Team Life shirt, backpack, water bottle and towel – We’ll collaborate in advance to make it really fun!

When you click on the link below to register, it will give you options such as “Turkey Trotters – 1 trotter,” “Turkey Trotters – 2 trotters,” etc.

  • Just choose the number of participants you’d like to register in your group
  • Enter your personal information
  • Enter your t-shirt size
  • When asked, “Do you want to join or create a team?”
    • Select “Join a Team”
    • Choose “Team Palomar”
  • After registration you will be asked if you’d like to join – this is not a requirement!

Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot