Share the power of improved well-being

Meet our Super 6

Thank you to all who participated in the Super 6 challenge. The personal stories about your well-being journeys had a positive impact on your colleagues and inspired the AECOM global community! It has truly been a super six months. Click on each of the winners to learn more about their story, and feel free to browse the other 100+ stories below that were submitted throughout the challenge.

 

July August

Brett Humphry

United States   |   August 9, 2021

In my free time, I enjoy mountain biking although I recently had a bad crash and had to be life flighted off the mountain where I was camping. I shattered my pelvis and entire hip, had a 8″ laceration to the side of my thigh where you could see the femur bone and had two blood transfusions. The surgeon is top in his field and said it was the worst shattering of the hip he’d ever seen in 30 years. There wasn’t even enough bone left to put in a new hip. First surgery for laceration was 3.5 hours and my hip surgery was over 7 hours under the knife because they had to piece together what little bone was left, along with plenty of screws and metal plates. As I mentioned I had two blood transfusions and the doctors say I very easily could have died on the mountain because I lost so much blood from my gash to my femur. But I got lucky, as another rider, who was an EMT put a tourniquet on my leg once he found me. Then, I was in the Trauma Unit for 11 nights.

Now, it is 3.5 months later. I wasn’t allowed to bear weight on my right foot, knee or hip for 3 whole months. They said it would take 6 weeks to relearn to walk. I was walking with a cane for 1.5 weeks and now I’m walking without assistance. Still need to get stronger to walk well again. I have just been approved to try my Peloton bike, the doctors said I wouldn’t have the range of motion, and have ridden each ride by increasing my rides by 5 minutes more. I’m up to 20 minutes and about 3 miles a ride. I also go to Physical Therapy twice a week and have hired a top personal trainer that I will start with in 2 weeks. During these sessions, I’ll be working on my injured areas as well as the rest of my body, because I atrophied so much during the idle 3 months. Way ahead of surgeons schedule and getting stronger and better every day.

Thanks for reading and considering me!

Very respectfully,
Brett Humphry

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United States
Beverly Richardson

What an amazing story of inspiration….thanks for sharing Brett.

Brett Humphry
United States
Brett Humphry

Hi Beverly. Thank you so much. It’s been a rough road but nothing I couldn’t handle. I’m now walking pretty good and have hired a personal trainer and still go to physical therapy twice a week. I’m hoping this all aids in being able to get back on my bike again soon. I really miss it. Thank you for your support! Have a wonderful day!

September

Mariana Marcano

Australia   |   September 6, 2021

My well-being transformation started in 2018 when I felt sick with tummy pain every day, wasn’t sleeping well, and friends started “complimenting” me with “you look different, your arms look fatter, are you pregnant?”
Don’t get me wrong, all those comments contributed to making the biggest decision of transforming my life into a healthier one.
One of my good friends from school Sonia has become my health mentor. She always quotes Hippocrates, “Before you heal someone, ask them if they are willing to give up the things that make them sick.” Spot on!
I realised that I needed to change my habits and routines to feel better.
What did I do?
One of the most important steps in my transformation was to find help and support. You need to research and educate yourself with meaningful content that nurtures and guides your journey.
I started with a dietitian (from the Australian health system) who gave great advice on starting my health journey. I also visited a sports expert who guided me on what exercises to do to build a routine.
People procrastinate their decisions to be healthier because they think that dietitians, personal trainers, gym memberships are expensive and can’t afford it. Guess what. I didn’t have to pay for anything. I always used free resources, and I did a lot of self-learning.
What did I implement?
Healthy eating. “Are you on a diet?” NO, NO. Diets have limits. I eat healthily and in BALANCE! I sometimes crave pizza or ice cream, but I crave vegetables and delicious protein most of my days.
Exercise. I would be the kind of person that says “I can’t run” or “I can’t do a push-up”. I was doing yoga sometimes, a Zumba class to move this Latin body, but no more than that.
It’s not that I jumped to exercise crazily. I slowly progressed into routines and the habit. I started feeling in love, enjoying what I was doing and loving my body and mind results. I’m proud of my endurance and resistance.
Meditation. Apart from my usual yoga, I started a 21-day meditation to lose weight. Weird right? It’s not that you lose weight meditating, but you can undoubtedly transform your mindset to understand that you are strong, can do everything you want in life, and feel empowered. You are capable of everything.
My mindset is stronger than ever. Because when you are patient and have commitment, discipline, determination, motivation and inspiration, you are capable of anything.
I came to Australia 11 years ago with beautiful 57 kilos, really skinny. December 2018, I reached 70 kilos. September 2021, I weigh 60 kilos and practice yoga, pilates and CrossFit.
Today I am proud to be part of a company that supports my wellbeing journey. It makes me happy to participate in the activities organised in Canberra (walks, yoga classes, boot camps) because they keep me active and share quality time with my AECOM colleagues. I also have the opportunity to share part of my well-being passion and skills. At the end of September, I will teach a Zumba class for all employees in lockdown (fun!).
Thank you for reading my story

R G
Australia
Roger Griffiths

Well done Champ!

K B
Australia
Karen Billington

well done Mariana

S L
Australia
Sarah Lawrence

Inspirational and achievable – the best combination!

G D
New Zealand
Glenda Dobbyn

Inspirational, I started doing meditation and honestly it has really transformed my mindset and how I respond to challenges. What an inspirational journey Mariana.

October

Job Bergancia

Philippines   |   October 12, 2021

I miss outdoor activities, playing basketball, performing together with my band in front of crowded people, and climbing a mountain. I miss the traffic going to the office, the crowded street, the noise and smile of your officemates, and the small talk with different people that you encounter every day.

Yes, everything changes because of this pandemic. There is also a time that I feel sadness, anxiety, and depression. A 360-degree change in our daily grind setting. The good thing in AECOM there is a lot of platforms wherein you can collaborate, communicate with others, share your ideas and emotions, and read articles that can boost your resilience and wellbeing. Getting connected with my colleagues in AECOM here in Manila, to our colleagues in Bangalore to our counterparts in West and East of US and different team and bosses makes me motivated and feels like I’m with the crowd again.

I’m happy despite what is happening globally because there is still a lot of reason for us to get up, take a bath every day (haha) and get in front of our workstation and work hard for our future and especially for our family.
There is still hope in my mind hearth that everything is going to be alright like what Bob Marley says. Let’s just focus on our goal, pray for it and work hard for it.
Tomorrow is a new day and I believed that tomorrow I can go back to the outdoor and climb the mountains.

Thank you for reading and I hope I share something with you.

Regards,
Job Bergancia

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India
Divyasri Manoharan

Thank you for sharing!

S C
India
Santanu Chakrabartty

Thanks 🙂

W B
Philippines
WAYA BIE

🙂

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Philippines
Oliver San Juan

Great perspective. Thank you for sharing, Job!

Life sure has changed since 2020, but with scenery like in your photo there are plenty of “good things” to immerse in.
Thanks for your insight

November

Banghe Yue

China   |   November 15, 2021

I am a person who is passionate about traveling around the world. Due to the pandemic, many of the originally arranged travel plans have been reluctantly canceled, many old friends who haven’t been visited for years also not be able to get together as scheduled. The disruption of my life rhythm made me very anxious and frustrated. This emotion even made me depressed for a long time and not interested in anything. Many of my colleagues and friends asked me whether I had encountered a major setback in life, but I did not know how to describe my predicament at that time. After a period of insomnia, I found that my work efficiency and mental wellbeing were seriously affected. I suddenly realized that it was time to change. I said to myself, James, you must do it, and you can do it!

I started to google how to get out of depression, and the most mentioned method is physical exercise. My favorite activity during university in Canada was swimming with schoolmates every weekend. I always felt relaxed and joyful after swimming. But I haven’t swam for quite a long time since I moved to Shenzhen and joined AECOM, as I was busy trying to settle down in this new city. After reflection, I decided to pick up swimming again. To help myself rebuild the swimming habit, I started by forcing myself to go swimming every other weekend, and then gradually increase the frequency, now I typically go swimming twice a week.

A few months ago, my colleague recommended a set of tutorials for indoor stretching on AECOM’s Well-Being official website. I didn’t hesitate to start doing some stretching exercises according to the tutorial an hour before bed. It was very helpful for my insomnia problem. Now I fell asleep quickly and my sleep quality had been improved significantly.

Through swimming and stretching exercises, my life quality, mental wellbeing and even work efficiency have been significantly improved. I finally walked out of depression and I came back to a healthy life again! The passionate, positive me is back!

Due to the worldwide vaccination and the development of coronavirus drugs, the pandemic situation has begun to become optimistic and clear. I am looking forward to my delayed travels in the near future, and I also hope to see my old friends whom I haven’t seen for many years soon.

Thank you for reading my story and hope you all stay safe and well during the pandemic!

James Yue

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China
jeanne xie

gogo

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China
George Luo

nice post! keep moving on

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China
jinxuan Wu

good share post, hope everyone all stay safe and well during the pandemic!

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China
Zhou Jie

很好的分享

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China
chen lihua

A very inspirational story, self-knowledge and adjustment, is a good example for us to learn from, a good example, James

C R
China
Chen Runhua

Great sharing, sports can make us relax from tired work
~.~

December

N Kumar Pitchumani

India   |   November 30, 2021

The pandemic, which started in a small way, turned out to be a long-stretched endeavour. We got to see how soon the virus targeted the immune system and affected the lungs. We saw the demand for oxygen cylinders and saw how shortage of oxygen cylinders caused havoc and ruined many homes. This is when I thought I could put my practice of yoga, especially Pranayama (controlled breathing) to use.
I ventured out first to teach my near and dear ones at home, various breathing techniques to improve lung capacity, increase oxygen intake and ensure that all cells of the body thrive in oxygen. Slowly, I started teaching these techniques to my friends online. Within a few sessions I came up with a 15-minute regime which covered various forms of breathing. I have also learned an age-old Indian practice of healing named Varma Chikitsa (This is believed to be practiced in 1 BC) which is based on energy balancing in the body and does not use any medication. I introduced 5 Varma points for boosting immunity along with the breathing exercises. I also looked into various tools available on AECOM well being portal and adopted them for myself.
Soon, I started giving online sessions to AECOM employees in India covering this breathing and varma regime. Initially I used to conduct this daily for a week until the staff got a hang of the technique. Then, once a week and later whenever employees asked for. I used to follow up with those who continued the sessions on a daily basis.
I am proud to say that many of AECOM employees made this 15-minute regime, a habit and practiced it meticulously every day. Many also taught these techniques to their family members. Soon I started getting feedback from many. The biggest benefit was that very few of the ‘breatherians’ were affected by COVID 19 and those few had very mild symptoms which got treated very quickly. The other benefits accrued, as described by staff and friends were: increase in breathometer reading, good sleep, stabilization of BP, overcoming stress and anxiety, being active whole day, less tiresome, increased productivity, improvement in concentration and digestion, relaxed body and mind, getting rid of gastrointestinal issues like constipation and bloating. And obviously all these benefits were enjoyed by me and my family members too.
At the end of it I feel I have contributed to the society, to a large number of fellowmen, especially when every individual was in need of some emotional support during the pandemic. One thing that I realized is….. ‘Life is breath, breath is life’. This is the greatest lesson the pandemic has taught me.
Added to this, my wife and me completed a 2 year Master’s degree course in yoga and now we are learning the oldest Indian language, Sanskrit.

M R
Australia
Mahesh Ramamoorthy

I attended a few of the online sessions and practice some of the techniques routinely and definitely see benefits. Thanks Dr Kumar Pitchumani

A K
India
Anand Kumaresan

Very good information, i attended several direct and online sessions of Dr. Pitcumani regarding advantages of simple breathing exercises and it was very useful. Request for more sessions forthcoming.

N R
India
Nagamalleswara Rao

I have attended many online sessions along with my son during pandemic and improved our energy levels. Breathing exercises are explained in detail, once we practice along with him we cannot forget life time.
Thank You Very Much Dr.Pitchumani Sir.

R S
India
Ranjeet Singh

I have attended online sessions during pandemic and improved my energy levels.
Thank You Dr. Pitchumani Sir.

A T
India
Aakash Singh Thakur

I have attended several online Sessions conducted by Dr. Pitchumani. While the Pandemic, lockdown and negativity have raised anxiety levels, breathing exercises have helped me overcome stress. Now everyday, I feel more active and take proper sleep. I am grateful to him for going out of his way and teaching us breathing exercises which have yielded fruitful results in the health and life of many.

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India
Venkat Nilla

I have attended online sessions of Dr. Pitchumani sir classes during pandemic situation and improved my energy levels. It was really useful.

Thank You Dr. Pitchumani Sir

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India
Sarala D

Thank you so much for being an ambassador and driving Wellbeing at AECOM when it was most needed. Looking forward to see you touch many lives through your passion for breathing techniques.
Lovely Post!!

S R
India
Subash Reddy

I have attended few breathing sessions which has improved my breathing capacity. Thank you Dr. Kumar Pitchumani sir

R A
India
Rozil Anwar

Fantastic and practical information, i attended several direct and online sessions of Dr. Pitchumani regarding advantages of simple breathing exercises and it was very useful. Request for more sessions forthcoming. 🙂

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India
Buddha Varma Nadimpalli

Dr. Kumar Pitchumani sir had conducted plenty of sessions. I think most of us are fortunate to have involved in these sessions and personally that helped me to overcome COVID 19 when I was effected.
Thank you Sir.

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India
Gouri Krishna

Thank you for organizing the sessions during those days when we all were learning to face the Pandemic. The sessions boosted my courage to face the Pandemic, improved my immunity and felt active the whole day.

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India
G.SREEKUMAR

It is an excellent and simple way of getting more oxygen in our body during these pandemic situation. Keep it up. My
best regards to Dr. Kumar Pitchumani.

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India
Sriradhika Majumdar

Very good information Sir, i have attended direct and sessions of Dr. Pitcumani regarding advantages of simple breathing exercises and it was very useful. Thank you so much Sir.

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India
Sanjay Ghosh

Indeed a wonderful initiative at the time when it was most needed. Benefits can be provided in many ways & this was one of the best way.

H T
India
Harini Thirumaran

I have attended the breathing sessions conducted by Dr. Kumar Pitchumani Sir during the pandemic period and it was very useful to boost the immunity and also those breathing exercises make me active the whole day. Thank you Sir

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India
Mary john

I have attended the breathing sessions of Dr Pitchumani and continue doing those exercises. Thankyou Sir.

G M
India
GAYATHRI M S

When we were facing pandemic situation due to Corona, Dr. Kumar Pitchumani sir had initiated breathing sessions.It helped me to relax mind and body, improve concentration and digestion. During my pregnancy the main problem was insomnia, I was practising breathing two times a day and it really helped me to sleep better. I would like to really appreciate the wonderful initiative.

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India
Haranadha Reddy Gollapalli

Very nice story. In fact, I am also one of the persons practicing Dr. Pitchumani’ s deep breathing technic.

B P
United States
Bibhuti Panda

I like the story

v a
United States
vijaykumar agrawal

Great story and good work Dr. Kumar

D K
India
Diksha Kumari

Great initiative Sir!!

P k
India
Pradeep khurana

Great sir

J R
India
Jeevan Reddy

I have been attended many sessions directly and online to get awareness about health and breathing tips from Dr. Kumar Pitchumani, these tips helped me lot to maintain stable energy levels and hence improved immunity levels lot during pandemic situation. It was really useful and still practicing me and my family regularly.

Thank You very much sir for your great initiation.

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India
Kathirvelu shanmugam

The breathing exercise and chewing while eating food taught by Dr. Kumar Pictumani was a good information which helps for digestion. Thank you sir.

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India
Thavamani Gopinath

Breathing session taken by Dr. Kumar Pitchumani was very helpful during the pandemic. I was a Covid victim with lung infection and my recovery was fast due to the regular practice of breathing sessions. I always feel thankful to Dr. Kumar Pitchumani for his helping nature towards wellbeing of mankind. Thank you sir.

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India
sasi kumar

The Breathing sessions helped me and my family a lot in COVID situation.

C K
India
Chander Khokhar

I do appreciate the endeavor by Dr Pitchumani to guide us on this very useful breathing technique. The best part was his continuous follow-up till it became my and my family’s habit.
Along with this, his 3-4 minute talk on wellbeing before a meeting / presentation ( wellbeing moment) is appreciated by all, our team, clients and vendors.
Thanks Dr Pitchumani.

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India
Nagaraju Yanamandra

Good story sir.

A H
Australia
Aniruddha Hati

It was a very good session, I joined online in a Teams call on a weekend Sydney afternoon. Able to saw many AECOM colleague participated there, which encouraged me doing the same later. Thanks Dr Pitchumani.

M R
India
Manish Rastogi

Thank U Very Much Mr. Pitchumani for sharing your views and caring of the society during the hard times. The Pranayama is a naturopathy for keeping away the many health related problems and you have also proved it. Congrats to both of you on conferring Master Degree in Yoga and wish you both to keep on continuing your valuable contribution to the society through teaching & practice towards their well being.

Y K
India
Yogesh Kumar

Great story and good work

S T
India
Sheela Thomas

I take this opportunity to thank Dr.Pitchumani for spending his valuable time and effort he spent on motivating AECOM team through his several sessions on breathing techniques. I have attended many of his sessions and learned some breathing exercises. And I have passed it on to my family members also for which I am very much grateful to him.

G A
Australia
Giovanny Alvarado Gutierrez

Great story. Thanks for sharing!

Jayantanuj Podder
India
Jayantanuj Podder

The Breathing sessions helped me and my family a lot in COVID situation.

S K
India
Sunil Kasa

Informative and enlightening

G L
India
Gopal Laksh

DR. KP has been sharing his knowledge from ancient, proven health management practices and many have been benefited by adopting and following those. I see this post as a reflection of that experience. Thanks.

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India
Pragya Upadhyay

Dr K Pitchumani, you deserve a great thank you! I have personally benefitted from the breathing techniques…..thanks

A T
India
Amudha Tamilmani

Thank you for conducting breathing sessions and bring cure to various aliments with the breathing & Varma technique. Your contributions on social cause, giving back to the society and the people around you is overwhelming.

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India
anitha Narayanan

I take this opportunity to thank Dr.Pitchumani for spending his valuable time and effort he spent on motivating AECOM team through his several sessions on breathing techniques. I have attended his sessions and learned some breathing exercises. And I have passed it on to my family members also for which I am very much grateful to him.

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India
Astha Malhotra

Thank you Sir for driving Wellbeing at AECOM when it was most needed. Looking forward for more.

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India
sundar reddy

greatest benefit is inexpensive . your body and time is healing machine.
benefit accrues because of “feel good factor” which is important for any health recovery.

H K
India
Himanshi Kaushik

Absolutely inspirational!

A A
India
Amruta Aradawad

Very inspirational & motivating…

S K
India
Sravan Kanumuri

When I am stressed and When I am having food, First thing comes to my mind is Dr. Kumar Pitchumani words on Breathing & Chewing

S B
India
SAI BUGGA

Pitchumani sir is very encouraging and motivational. Besides of his technical expertise he will deliver good lectures on well being.

R K
India
Raj Kumar

Sir, I Thank you personally for conducting a wellness session for us which was very helpful during the pandemic period.

H K
India
Hemant Kumar

Pitchumani sir is very encouraging and motivational. In my 10 years of experience never get to work him directly but he is such a nice human being as I heard.

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India
NATHAN JVT

Thank you sir…for teaching breathing techniques to us….

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Saudi Arabia
john endicott

Not only does Kumar keep himself and his family healthy he generously helps lots of other people. He is na example to us all

R P
India
Rajiv Passi

I have attended online sessions during pandemic and improved my energy levels.
Thank You Pitchumani Sir.

H B
India
Hem Badhani

I have attended online sessions during pandemic and improved my energy levels.
Thank You Pitchumani Sir.

G L
India
Govind Singh Latwal

I have attended online sessions during pandemic and improved my energy levels.
Thank You
Pitchumani Sir.

N R
India
Nirmala Ramalingam

Dr. Pitchumani Kumar, is our mentor for well being activities who has taught us on Breathing exercise etc. I had benefitted a lot with this practice during this pandemic situation.

Thank You Sir for your mentoring on Well Being!

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India
Narasimhan Narayanan

When Breathing Exercise (Pranayama as suggested by Dr. Pitchumani Sir) is Practiced in the Early Morning, felt that whole day is energetic. Thank You Sir

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India
Rajya Laxmi kotha

I have attended session before lockdown in our office very much useful . Thank you sir.

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India
Veerubhotla Sudhindra

Very Useful and Old India Practice for recent Generations.

A A
India
A Aruna

Very encouraging and motivational sir thank you.

S K
India
Somasundaram Kailasam

Very interesting and vital excersice for this difficult period. Sure it makes our life easy and well being.
Thanks a lot sir. We are very grateful to you.

R P
India
Raga PN

He has shared lot of useful knowledge about deep breathing, proper breathing, proper eating techniques to have a natural healing for any kind of physical problems. thanks a ton sir.

R K
India
Rabindra Kumar

I attended online sessions which were taken by Dr. Pitchumani. Those were really useful & looking for more sessions like these.

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