Past SNA President Julia Bauscher, SNS, director of School and Community Nutrition Services for Jefferson (Ky.) County Public Schools, and current President Jean Ronnei, SNS, Chief Operations Officer for St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools are on the record in leading the way on the fitness front: • Bauscher acknowledges that staying motivated can be difficult. She keeps an elliptical trainer in her office to make sure she squeezes in time for physical activity, but admits her exercising has become a little lax of late. “I used to exercise vigorously three to four times per week, now I spend only 20 minutes on my elliptical a few days a week,” she confesses. “I need to get motivated!” • Jean Ronnei has a tip Bauscher may find useful: Find a sport or activity that you loved as a child. For Ronnei, that’s biking. She contends there’s nothing better than being outside on a beautiful day doing what you love. • It’s also important to pick a time of day that really suits your habits and needs. Ronnei finds that, for her, early morning is the best time to exercise. “I find too many excuses at the end of a work day,” she notes. Ronnei preps ahead of time to make sure workout clothes and coffee are ready to go, bright and early. SNA Secretary/Treasurer, 2016 SNA Vice President candidate (page 67) and Oak Hills (Ohio) Local School District Food Service Director Linda Eichenberger, SNS, has been referred to as “the walking queen” by Bauscher. She gave us her rules on keeping active: • Exercising should be a part of your daily routine. Eichenberger says she no longer thinks about walking. “I just do it and it happens,” she insists. She attests that once you make a habit of including fitness regularly, as opposed to actively thinking about it as a chore, it all becomes a part of your “daily routine, just like brushing your teeth.” • Speaking of brushing teeth, Eichenberger demonstrates super-simple ways that she finds for making time to complete exercises. While using her toothbrush in the morning, she “may do squats or just stand on my toes.” If standing still throughout the day, she will slightly raise one foot off the ground which helps with balance and core-strengthening. • Eichenberger finds one of her biggest motivators to be her Fitbit. She monitors the number of steps, miles and stairs she treks daily, which helps her stay on track with goals. She also points out perhaps the most well-known and easily forgettable tip: Take the stairs! Skip the elevator or escalator whenever possible. • Walking during break time is a common theme among foodservice staff. Eichenberger refers to this as “adjustment time.” Not only does it allow you to get out of the building and into fresh air, but it aids in calming and relaxing your nerves and frazzled mind, which helps you conquer the remainder of the day. Gay Anderson, SNS, also a 2016 Vice President candidate for SNA’s Board of Directors (page 66) and Child Nutrition Director for Brandon Valley (S.D.) School District 49-2 shared some habits her team practices: • Brandon Valley Middle School staff have a weekly 15-minute training meeting. Each week, one of the employees shares a recommended stretch or exercise to occupy the last five minutes of that session. Anderson walked in on one of these recently and was so impressed the staff are doing this on heir own accord. • Last year, the team at Brandon Valley High School worked on eating properly and walking whenever they could on their breaks. A number of them lost a lot of weight “because of the camaraderie and encouragement” they’ve had along the way. • Several staff members also practice healthy habits outside of the workplace by going to swimming exercises together a couple of times per week.
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