“Healthy Habits for Busy Families” by Paula Kreissler

Healthy Habits for Busy Families
by Paula Kreissler

Since the early 1970s, I’ve been interested in healthy living. I always like to talk about a book that I read called “Sugar Blues” that really made an impact on my life and made me realize we need to do things differently.

Currently, I serve as the Director of Healthy Living & Community Development at Healthy Savannah Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to making Savannah a healthier place to live, in association with YMCA of Coastal Georgia, and the President & CEO of Wound Care Clinic – ESU, Inc. I also volunteer in a variety of positions in Savannah, including serving on the Savannah Chatham Food Policy Council.

On April 29, I have been asked to present my ‘Five Strategies for Busy Families to Stay Healthy’ as the second of five lectures in the Enmark Encourage Health Educational Series 2014. Small habitual changes can transform your health. It is so important that families help each other stay healthy.

There are a thousand resources out there about what is good for you and what is not and, there is conflicting data as well. You need to start by eating foods that are fresh and local. Most of those, you want to be plants, and you want lots of green things. Families should also concentrate on getting into an exercise routine. It is really simple: just walk for thirty minutes every day. The togetherness part of exercise is important, too. Don’t try to do this alone. Whatever your family consists of, it’s important to do these things together.

When you adopt a healthy lifestyle in diet and exercise, and you’re sharing these activities with others, not only are you holding yourself accountable for your own commitment, you are encouraging health for those that you care about. Keep a smile on your face and laughter in your heart. It’s so important to be positive. If we have a smile on our face, someone else is going to smile, too.

Paula Kreissler will speak on Tuesday, April 29, at the Encourage Health Educational Series from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium. The benefiting charity for this lecture is Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia. Lunch and lecture tickets are $20. Checks for tickets should be made payable to Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia. Enmark has sponsored with Healthy Savannah, the Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, and WJCL to present this premier series of five wellness lectures benefiting nonprofit organizations focused on Wellness. For more information, visit, www.enmarkenjoy.com

Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia is a transformational learning program for girls ages 8 to 13. The program teaches life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. It culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. For more information, visit http://www.girlsontherun-ga.org/


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