Monday, July 11, 2011

Wristband Magic

July 8, 2011

For months I have been trying to arrange a meeting with a representative from the Ministry of Health. Finally after two cancelations, I had the opportunity to meet with the Principle Officer for Health Programs arranged by a summer intern in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

The meeting progressed cautiously as we both assessed the other’s motives and interests. The Principle Officer warned me about duplicative and unauthorized programs with possibly conflicting messages. She was skeptical. I was on thin ice as she glanced at her watch.

I then showed her the wristband on my wrist and explained that anyone who pledged to “try” got one as a reminder to themselves and also it served as reinforcement as it had to be explained to others.

“How simple”, she said. “Do you have any extras?” “I want 1,000”

“No problem”, I said,” but how about starting with 500?” “Would you like one on your wrist?”

“Yes. I gained so much weight when I came back from New Zealand”, she said. “I am meeting with the all the department heads this Tuesday and can’t wait to tell them about how I am going to use these wristbands in our new national exercise program aimed at company and organizational employees.”

I also gave her a jar of my mango salsa which is almost as magical as pink wristbands.



Teri said...

There you go! A victory!

Tyvek Wristbands said...

That sounds like more than a victory, getting someone like that on board could lead to much wider support. It's great when you spend so much time working on something and then you meet someone who's willing to get in on the action and place a solid order.