Learn how you can get fit and stay healthy for each other. Your family deserves it!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Community Health Fair this Saturday, November 7
For the past few years, it has been my honor to be involved in the Community Health Fair. I'll be honest, when I was first asked to participate, I didn't know what to think. Who me? What could I contribute? Well, it turns out, a lot. I talk about family health and fitness with people from all walks of life. I offer tips to help your family get active, recommend substitutions to make your recipes healthier and meet a lot of interesting people. Some years I hand out samples of healthy snacks. Last year, I got to make my yummy Mexican Tortilla Soup as an example of how you can cook healthy on a budget. It was a freezing cold November day, too, so the soup was a big hit. No one could guess that the secret ingredient is butternut squash, pureed and disguised in the broth. I'll be doing another presentation on healthy meals on a budget again this year. You can read more about the health fair here. It runs from 9 am to 1 pm, and will be located at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. You can get health screenings, immunizations, and lots of healthy living information. You can even get a chair massage. Read my Examiner article for more details. Hope to see you there!
Family Fitness Files aims to prove that a healthy lifestyle is possible. My story is probably like yours. Once an athlete & fitness instructor, I replaced healthy habits with long work hours & daylong orgies of caffeine, candy bars & fast food. Years later, I was 5’9” & 229 pounds, battling sleep apnea, back & knee problems. My once athletic build hid under layers of fat. I hated my body, but despite many attempts, I couldn’t lose weight. I finally realized I just wanted to be healthy, for myself & my family. Keeping up with two active kids was a chore & I couldn’t accept that anymore. I made small changes over a long period of time. No food was off-limits; rather, I enjoyed it in moderation. Soon, I was exercising daily & eating right. Over a year, I lost 55 pounds, which I’ve kept off. I made lifestyle changes so my kids can learn from my example. But so many families struggle with this issue. They want to change, but don’t know how. Now that you’re here, think of today as your first step. You’ll find tips that work for your life. Today’s the day you say, “I’m worth it, my family is worth it, and we’ll do this for each other because we deserve it.”