Mary Lee Lusby, Ph.D., Honored by WELCOM

  • Date: November 15, 2012
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

Photo credit: Mark Holiday Photography Dr. Lusby, pictured second from the right, received the Light of Wellness Award at a dinner banquet held on November 8, 2012. She is pictured with the WELCOM team and Nebraska Govenor Dave Henieman. Photo credit: Mark Holiday Photography

(OMAHA) - Mary Lee Lusby, dean of arts and sciences at Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus (NMC) was recognized during WELCOM's 11th Annual William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Dinner on November 8 in the Health Inspiration category.

This award recognizes employees who have been steadfast supporters and active participants in their company's wellness program.

Lusby has been an active member of the President's Council on Wellness for the past five years and was an original member of the NMC Wellness Committee. She has participated in almost every wellness program offered at the College, and has been responsible for leading a number of the programs. In addition to taking a leading role in the "Going Green" initiative on campus, Lusby helped design, and promotes the use of, walking paths around the campus.

Known for her tireless efforts to take care of her extended family and the well-being of NMC employees, Lusby made the decision to change her lifestyle when her daughter encouraged her to "do something about your health." Knowing her husband could also benefit from a change, her commitment to a healthier lifestyle would be a positive new direction for them both.

Physical activity and working out became a commitment, not an option, for Lusby.  Over time, she lost 22 pounds and has kept the weight off for more than nine years.

"I just decided to quit making it a daily choice of whether or not I would work out because I would always find an excuse not to ...I'm too tired. I have too much to do," Lusby said. "Like brushing my teeth or getting dressed in the morning, I made working out part of what I do."

Lusby's second passion is helping others increase their physical activity.  Under her leadership, walking paths around the NMC campus were identified and walking programs were put into place. Her most recent efforts included placing fitness stations along the paths to give walkers a number of opportunities to broaden their exercise routine without leaving campus.


Video footage courtesy of WELCOM