Julee (middle right) can bike 50-75 miles up mountains one day, and then the next help someone with a heart issue figure out ways to exercise safely. She’s dedicated her professional career to caring for people’s health and well-being, but also makes sure to gets outside the second she gets the chance.
“I live out in San Jose, California and I work at a hospital called El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California. I am actually the clinical manager of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Wellness Center.”
It is important to her to not only help her patients’ physical health improve, but also their spirit, mind and body as well. “We teach them how to safely exercise and we do risk-behavior modification. Also we teach them about stress reduction, nutrition, and emotional well being.”
Julee found out about Garuka Bars through working at the hospital. “My co-worker had been doing research online and found out about the bars, and told be I had to try them,”said Julee, “He knows I ride my bike a lot and we’re always looking for good bars for energy.”
Julee exercises outside whenever possible, and goes to the gym every morning before work. Her favorite escape is any where with hills, “I always bring the bars on a bike ride. My riding group usually goes between 50 and 75 miles.” One recent excursion was up Mt.hamilton, in the Diablo Mountain Range, reaching 4,265 feet.
“I’ve also been on a triathlete team before. I always wanted to do that after I had kids! They’re all over California. I did Half Ironman twice and I also mostly did international distances, so 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike and a 5k run. I even placed several times in my age group!”
When not competing or biking, Julee likes to hike with friends throughout the beautiful California countryside or take advantage of the different vineyards.
Julee’s thoughts on Garuka Bars:
“They’re good for bike rides or a quick snack in the middle of the day, you know sometimes we get busy from 12:30 to 5 and we need just a little something to hold me over till dinner. A bar is great with a cup of coffee.”
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