When I was a girl growing up in the 1970s, my great uncle was the only person I knew who enthusiastically embraced clean living,
a fairly eccentric lifestyle in Northeast Wisconsin at the time. He only ate whole foods, was very active and was fond of pointing out the not-so-healthy habits of others, dubbing them "Junk Food Junkies."
At the time, I thought his proselytizing was beyond annoying. After all, I had wholeheartedly embraced the modern day conveniences of pre-packaged foods and snacks that were making their mark at the time. (Hello, Nacho Cheese Doritos).
Fast forward to today and I finally get what he was advocating: that eating right and exercising, and taking care of yourself mentally, emotionally and physically not only makes you feel better in the short term but can help you live longer, too.
This month, from July 17-22, nearly 1,000 health and wellness professionals will converge upon Stevens Point for the 35th annual National Wellness Conference. They attend for personal renewal and professional development. They will take what they’ve learned back home to their jobs as therapists, EAP professionals, social workers, health care managers, human resources and benefits managers, doctors and nurses, for example, and help people like you and me on the path to healthy living.
I’m thankful such an excellent resource exists. We need all the help we can get. Because the sad reality is that even though we know what we need to do to be healthy, the statistics have proven the "doing" part of it is something else. Good luck on your journey.