Q&A with Michael Hungerford, Partner

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Hungerford Properties Interview with HP's Fitness Ambassador, Michael Hungerford

Q: Michael, in your life you are managing a lot of responsibilities, pressures, an a successful career. What is your biggest lesson so far in terms of managing your career and your health & wellness?
A: The most important aspect is support from my family. My wife Jen is my biggest supporter, and we are doing this together. We push each other, support each other, challenge each other and hold each other accountable. We also acknowledge that sometimes things aren't in balance; it's important to recognize these times, talk about them, and make a plan.


Q: Tell us about your wellness habits.
A: Wellness has become a non-negotiable part of my family's life, and we prioritize it. Daily exercise, healthy eating, and going to bed early are just some of the ways we are incorporating healthy habits as a family.


Q: At Hungerford Properties, what you like to do to support the wellness of your teams?
A: The health and wellbeing of our teams is so important, and is the driving force behind the HWay to Wellness program. In addition to our extended benefits plan, the recently launched HWay to Wellness provides a platform for sharing and supporting each other in our health; we've participated in numerous online group workouts, fitness challenges, and information campaigns, and look forward to exploring topics of nutrition and mental health in the coming months. Ultimately we're encouraging our teams to find balance; understanding that there are times we have to push and work hard, but equally importantly, there are times we need to rest. We encourage this by supporting flexibility, vacation time, educational pursuits - whatever balance looks like to different individuals, we are here to support that.


Q: What is your favourite part of HP's culture that you think is unique in supporting people's wellness?
A: Particularly over the last year, embracing a culture of flexibility and encouraging people to be open and communicate what works best for them and their teams.


Q:The Covid-19 pandemic has been especially hard for some people; what is your best advice to manage through what can be a difficult time in the Covid environment?
A: Do your best to stay connected to friends and family; get creative with virtual communication! Keeping connected to loved ones is key for mental health. Also, move your body. So many studies show the benefits of exercise on not just your physical health but your mental health too.


Q: Do you have any favourite books or resources on the topic of health and wellbeing?
A: "Younger Next Year" by Chris Crowley was transformational to me in my approach to health. I highly recommend it, for anyone at any age. It will challenge you to push yourself and prioritize your health goals.

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