By Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS, SNA President 2017-01-04 23:13:56
The Secrets to a Long and Happy Life IT’S 2017! I REMEMBER BEING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL calculating that I would be 46 in the year 2000—and finding that to be impossibly “old.” Well, as time flies, I no longer believe 46 or even 63 is old! There’s so much living left to be done, especially as we make connections between taking care of ourselves today for a long life tomorrow. Diet, exercise, good sleep, stress management—these are all important steps for healthy tomorrows, as are friends, family, hobbies and volunteering. I’m grateful for all of these in my life—plus my ancestors for good genes. School Nutrition’s annual personal development issue is about one of these connections: the value of maintaining a healthy weight. Another connection to a better tomorrow is to regularly remind yourself of your strengths and talents. Are you an exceptional cook? Does your infectious personality make people happy to be around you? Are you the Energizer Bunny? Are you the organizer of social events for your group? When we focus on our strengths, we are motivated to tackle new challenges in our own extraordinary ways. Being positive also has been proven to provide long-lasting health benefits. There’s a sign in my office that says: “Attitude Is Everything...Pick a Good One.” (I admit, some days I have to look at that sign multiple times to get it right!) Trying something new is also good for us, and I hope that you will take the time to register for SNA’s free, inaugural Virtual Expo (see page 77). Dozens of our SNA Patron companies have contracted to “exhibit” food, supplies and equipment online. The Virtual Expo begins on January 31, and there will be scheduled opportunities for live chats with vendors and even education sessions. Best of all, you don’t have to walk the miles of aisles! If you are “saving” Exhibit Hall steps through the online Expo, consider adding some steps by enrolling in the STEPS Challenge, the personal wellness program developed for SNA members with support from Jennie-O Turkey Store. It’s a great way to recover healthy routines after the holidays. Among our many STEPS participants, Linda Eichenberger regularly fills me with inspiration! She walks many miles every day, on the road, at home and in all kinds of weather. As we contemplate our aspirations for 2017 and beyond, I leave you with a quote attributed to inventor Henry Ford: “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
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