hello Everyone and hello Monday…
This week is all about getting things done, having an Action Plan. I will be developing plans for finding ways to be a better role model for my kids, merging my passion for fitness and public health and addressing health inequity.
Being A Healthy Role Model
I realized years ago that I could bark at my kids about eating more fruits and vegetables and being active until my face turns blue, but until they see me modeling these behaviors on a regular basis it wasn’t going to happen.
Just the other day when I walk in from picking up my youngest daughter from school I saw that my 6th grader had a banana peel and orange peels near her while she was doing her homework. I said to her, “was this your snack?” and she said, “Yes I was hungry,” I almost cried!
It was then that I made a commitment to continue keeping healthy food and beverages in our kitchen and making sure that my kids see me eating healthy real food and enjoying it, because it is working!
My action plan this week is to find a physical activity that we all enjoy doing together as a family. I love to walk and hike, but it’s like pulling teeth to get the girls to join me so I really want to find something we all love! I will keep you posted!
Addressing Health Inequity
The World Health Organization defines health inequities as differences in health status or in the distribution of health resources between different population groups, stemming from the social conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.
I think the elimination of health inequities requires taking risks, questioning assumptions and thinking outside the box! I started Health Equity: Thinking Outside the Box to inspire readers to address the root causes of inequities by supporting projects, policies and research working to bring awareness to the social determinants of health.
I have only the Facebook page now, but this week my action plan is to start working on the website. Take a look and like my page and tell a friend about, Health Equity: Thinking Outside the Box.
Fitness and Public Health
I believe that a healthy approach to fitness (healthy food choices and physical activity) can, in most cases, prevent disease. That is why I have decided to combine my passion for fitness and my public health desire to make a difference into one.
My action plan this week is to try to figure out what exactly that will look like.
Until next Monday…
Have a great week!