I was thrilled to be featured on the Younger podcast with my dear friend Dr. Robyn Benson.
We covered many topics!
Our discussion kicked off with a description of how I founded Nurture (a nonprofit providing nutrition education to children and families).
She asked specifically how we help families to increase their nutrition and health status.
The answer is collaboration. Rather than starting from scratch, we launched our programs in partnership with food pantries and social service agencies.
Here is a video showing our early work with the Northfield Food Pantry just outside of Chicago:
When we talked about how I “Make Everything Fun”, I mentioned that I look to children for inspiration. Here is a video showing kids getting us adults to dance and play as we participate in an event called “TV Tune Out” (turning off the TV for a week).
We also talked about how to make nutrition programs in schools fun. This interview shows kids engaging in our school programs which allowed Nurture to reach many children:
Dr. Robyn asked about school lunches. I mentioned that Nurture is able to support certain school districts in their efforts to provide healthy, colorful school lunches. One great example is the Boulder School District where children enjoy a beautiful fresh salad bar daily and freshly prepared lunches.
Some other key takeaways from the interview:
- You can make conscious and healthy choices every day
- When you give children (and adults) a choice, you make them feel empowered. When you tell someone “not” to eat something, you force them into a box.
- Take on a positive and open approach when you’re trying something new, and most importantly, have fun doing it!
Listen to the interview with Dr. Robyn here: https://open.spotify.com/show/47DLJKI3pBHndqlKwrAkDR
Dr. Kathryn Guylay is passionate about making life fun and rallying the community around it. In this week’s episode, Dr. Kathryn talks about how you can make health, food, and wellness fun instead of another “chore” on your to-do list. She also shares the types of non-profit work she does and why fun and play are the keys to having more success in life.
Resources for a Younger Lifestyle:
Connect with Dr. Kathryn: Makeeverythingfun.com
“Life is hard enough. Let’s bring some in as fuel that allows us to get through those challenging moments in life.”
“I’m never someone who says you can’t have something. I think that shuts down a kid. When they have a choice, they feel empowered. For the rest of their life, they can continue to make choices based on education and information.”
“It’s not about saying yes/no/must do. It’s all about education, inspiration, and choice.”
Link to Blog post on Dr. Robyn’s site: https://www.santafesoul.com/blog/make-food-and-health-fun-again