October Wellness Star Awarded to Velma Purucker for Environmental Efforts

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Florida Presbyterian Homes proudly named resident Velma Purucker as the Wellness Star for October 2018. Velma was recognized for her efforts in the environmental dimension of wellness. “It’s important to consider the environment when considering our overall health and well-being,” said Alison Kennedy, Florida Presbyterian’s Wellness Director. “The environmental dimension of wellness is significant because it promotes green spaces, such as walking paths and gardens, encourages recycling and shows consideration of the environment and our important natural resources.”

Velma Purucker

Kennedy was pleased to acknowledge Velma as the October Star since she is a shining example of Environmental Wellness. Over the past several years, Velma has transformed the front and back of her living area into a beautiful garden with potted plants and flowers. “I grew up tending to gardens and plants,” said Velma, “and I’ve always had a green thumb – even as a youngster!”

Velma said she enjoys growing roses and tries to acquire plants that flower year-round. Velma’s friend, Carol Kahlenberg, helps her with the upkeep. People continually compliment the beauty of the garden area. “Carol and I put a lot of work into it,” said Velma, “and it makes me feel good when others enjoy the garden too.”

When asked what wellness means to her, Velma replied, “It is happiness, joy, being able to do the things I want to do, and being able to take care of myself.”

Kennedy added that regardless of our age, we all benefit from the beauty of flowering plants and an attractive outdoor landscape. “Velma’s garden is a wonderful example of bringing people into the natural environment,” said Kennedy, “and for this, we are pleased to recognize Velma with this month’s star.”

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