First Lady Michelle Obama, Eli Manning and the Partnership For A Healthier America

So this happened Friday... I attended the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit on March 8, 2013 at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. The energy in the room was infectious. This fitness foodie totally geeked out. I loved learning about the Farm to School program, hearing the dynamic Cory A. Booker, mayor of Newark, NJ, and discovering the Reebok's BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) program from its ambassador New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning. Listening to the First Lady deliver the closing keynote was pretty cool, too. OK, REALLY COOL! (so was getting a press pass with "White House" on it.) Now, I'm even more inspired by her Let's Move! campaign. What's inspiring you today? … [Read more...]

Ready, Set, Run

I ran my first 5K last month! Well, sort of. I followed the Couch to 5K program for the first 30 minutes and then continued to alternate walking and running until I reached the finish line. But I did run and I completed the race in just under 45 minutes (44 and change)! 45 minutes was my goal and it felt really good to beat that even if it was only by seconds. You see, I’m not a runner. I’m not much of an athlete either. I didn’t play any team sports in high school; I spent my after-school hours in the dance studio. And then came college and a bout with mono that took me off the dance floor. I was never the same after that. Fast forward to last winter. I signed up for a 5K in March to celebrate the life of a friend who had passed away the year before. My husband offered to participate with me but only if I ran. He didn’t want to walk it. So I accepted his challenge, bought a pair of running shoes and hit the pavement in January. Three weeks into my training the blizzards hit (yes, … [Read more...]