I live in a community where healthy living isn’t mainstream. Sometimes I feel like I have five heads and thirteen googly eyeballs when I am checking out at the grocery store. “They are beets,” I tell the cashier, who is obviously annoyed that there are leaves dirtying the scanner and further more, no easy SKU to scan.
I resolved early when we moved here to embrace being different. I am the alien mother who eats beets. I can dig that.
I live in the leanest state in the nation (Colorado), but my corner of the state boasts the highest rate of childhood obesity. Also, when compared to the rest of the state, our kiddos are drinking more sugary beverages and have lower rates of fruit and veggie consumption. (Don’t get me started on the adult statistics. One word: Grim.)
I determined that I would maintain high standards at home and use my professional training to do what I could to make waves in the community and schools.
But I can hardly take any credit. As I move mountains in my corner of the world, I have relied heavily on blogger friends for support, ideas, and a connection to a healthier reality.
These professionals and bloggers have given me courage and advice. They have helped me make healthy normal. Secretly, I wish I could transport them all to be my next door neighbors. But I don’t know if they’d like life in my neighborhood on the Colorado plains. I literally live next to a busy railroad and down the street from a beef processing facility.
Thank you, friends! Keep writing – I’ll keep reading.
(Read my interview with her here – yes – she actually took the time to call me. It gave me a lot of courage and momentum in my early days of school wellness.)
Who is your online cheerleader for healthy families and communities?