Wednesday, January 2, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Gratitude in the New Year

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." 
                                                                                    --Henry Ward Beecher

Happy New Year! 

Waking up each morning and greeting the day is a profound experience to me.  Taking slow, gentle breaths to help focus my energy, thoughts, and intention is a gift I open every day.  Seeing the beauty of a flower lifts my spirits and makes my heart dance. 

As adults, we choose how we live.  Children do not have that choice.  They live where we live, they eat what we feed them, and they play when we tell them to play. 

Choosing to be a positive role model for children is a job I take seriously in my work with Growing Healthy Kids.  When I take groups of children to local Farmers Markets and introduce them to the farmers who grow vegetables and citrus, they learn respect.  When we visit organic farms to walk the fields with the farmers and talk about growing foods that keep us in health instead of making us sick, they learn the truth about what real food is.  When we prepare foods and converse together over a shared meal, they learn lifelong skills for staying healthy. 

Enjoy each day.  Say “thank you” often.  Smile.  Be grateful for your opportunity to life a profound life.  Be grateful for the opportunity to be a positive role model for your children.  

In gratitude,
Nancy Heinrich, MPH
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.

Photo credit:  Barbara DuPont