The influence of policy

According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, policy can play a significant role in improving the health of our children. Researchers examined the weight statuses of students from schools in states with strict competitive food regulations in comparison to schools in states with more relaxed competitive food regulations. The results? Students that lived in higher-regulation states weighed less. Food for thought! 

Article abstract can be found here

3LK at CLK

What a great final day of SFT programming at CLK Elementary school! Here is Mrs. Kinnunen, a Kindergarden teacher and healthy living advocate, explaining the school’s efforts to encourage students to explore the world through Living, Learning and Loving their hometown.

And some photos from the day:

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One small change at a time…

During blustery and chilly days of bike touring sometimes you need to add a little cheer to your life. Such was the case for me while pedaling along VA hwy 360. I had stopped to refuel my snack supply at an isolated gas station and began chatting with the construction worker restriping the parking lot. The conversation began by running through the usual dialogue about where I was coming from/going to, sleeping arrangements and exclamations of surprise. Then he said, “Well, you must be pretty healthy then, huh? No drinking or smoking for you!”

I replied that I enjoyed an occasional adult beverage but didn’t smoke at all, ever. “My lungs are what keep me pedaling. I have to take care of my body.”

After a contemplative pause my new acquaintance looked up and said, “You know, usually I would have a cigarette right about now. But today? I’m not going to.”

I left him working diligently in that parking lot, perhaps contemplating quitting smoking and perhaps not. Either way, for at least that day there was one less lit cigarette in the world. This encounter was the exact motivation that I needed to put my head down and keep the pedals turning into the unrelenting headwind. Meeting this man reminded me that you never know who you will come across along the road or in life. Act positively, react with kindness and treat everyone with respect. Perhaps you will just change someone’s life.