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Does Mike Ice Skate? Only Forward…

As a WebMD Health Services coach, Mike Granato is very committed to an active and healthy lifestyle and sometimes that includes ice skating. However, he recently admitted that no matter how hard he tries, he simply can’t manage to skate backwards. We told him we’d let that go if he told us a bit more about himself and he agreed…

What’s your view of well-being?
I try to be in a good place physically, spiritually and emotionally. If one of those table legs is shaky, I know I’ve got some work to do.

To that end, I frequently train at the gym or at home with my family. Especially during the nice weather, I work in my yard and grill a lot, too. My two-year-old son, Max, keeps me busy chasing after him or going to tumbling classes. I’m also a huge professional wrestling fan and find it fun to follow.

What made you want to be a WebMD coach?
I was overweight as a teenager and eventually developed a passion for health and well-being as I went through my own weight-loss journey. For me, the best part of working at WebMD is that I get to help others through their journeys. Being there when someone has their “aha!” moment or shares a success with me is incredibly rewarding and something I personally relate to.

It’s also pretty great when we have our annual outing to an Indianapolis Indians baseball game and picnic. Spending time with my co-workers and their families is amazing—especially if the weather and the game are good!

What’s your biggest strength?
My strong will and drive for sure. In everything I do personally and at work, I push to do my very best. I think I would be lost without that.

Any confessions for us today?
The other night, I ate an entire row of Oreos right out of the box while watching Kung Fu Panda with my two-year-old. And they were double stuffed!


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