The Rivals Challenge: Q and A with Tony Denton

To help Rivals Challenge participants keep moving and logging their minutes, we've asked leaders from across U-M how they stay motivated and why they want to beat Ohio State!

Tony Denton, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UMHHC and U-M Medical Group

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” 

Q: What words of encouragement do you have for participants in the Rivals Challenge?

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<p>A: Each day is filled with moments of opportunity to make an investment in your health. Every step taken, each stair climbed, every food choice made is an opportunity to improve our well-being and bring out the best in you.

Q: What do you do to stay healthy?

A: I eat well, do cardio and strength training, and try to get adequate “sleep.”

Q: Why is your health and well-being important to you?  

A: Overall wellness is the key to living a rich and full life.  Maintaining a balanced life that allows time for exercise keeps me healthy and strong to manage a demanding schedule.

Q: Why are rivalries important?

A: Friendly competition among rivals improves individual performance and motivates us to reach our goals.

Q: Finally, why do you want to beat Ohio State?

A: Is this a trick question? The rivalry is tremendous because both organizations pursue being the best as their daily passion. The satisfaction of winning against Ohio State means our success in climbing a challenging mountain and coming out on top.

It is great to be a Michigan Wolverine!

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