Job: Health Coach, Consultant, Garden Director.
Childhood ambition: To have a huge farm with rescued horses and other large animals, as well as tons of dogs and cats.
Favorite foods: Kale chips. And my morning green drink!
Favorite activity outside of work: Inhaling my grandchildren, taking in as much of NYC as possible, walking, and bike riding.
Health concerns I've cleared up: I have lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation and arthritis symptoms since I have greatly increased raw food consumption
What I love about health coaching: Presently, I am working with children, and what I love about this is that I constantly learn from them.
What I love about Integrative Nutrition: loved the bio-diversity, bio-individual driven curriculum. I agree with Joshua's philosophy that there is no one right way.
The respect for bio-individuality, learning about dietary and philosophical approaches that are so different, the opportunity to hear incredible speakers and the amazing energy during class and conferences
About My Practice
My specialty: Improving the health of children through gardening, cooking, active play and FUN! Kids connect with real food through gardening and cooking what they grow, they expand their diets to include a wider variety of foods, and they increase their physical activity.
What my clients love about my program: The kids love the magic of growing something they can eat. The parents like that their kids are trying new and nutritious foods. Everyone likes the tasty, easy recipes.
My favorite juicy question to ask the kids is: How does this vegetable feel and smell? What does the inside of it look like?
In addition to the BOC project, I also: I work with kids in community gardens. And I am also a director of Garden in the Koop. We work with schools and organizations and our mission is to get kids and families back to the garden, eating vegetables they have grown.
What I love about what I do: Seeing a child's face when something he or she has planted grows!
How my life has changed: I'm constantly excited about figuring out new ways to grab children's interests in gardening, cooking, and related activities. Everything can inspire ideas for trying new things and for expanding In the Koop's exposure.
How I am making a difference in my community: By incorporating the cultivation of and the tasting of fresh vegetables in low-income NYC communities, childcare providers are helping lower the rate of obesity in young children and their families.
My greatest success so far: Starting a small ripple effect with the BOC program: teaching the providers who teach the kids and their families. Then those families extend their knowledge to others. Then those kids share their enjoyment of a new food with other kids.
The message I want to get out: Getting kids and families back to the garden can improve health and be fun. Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, from a plot in a community garden to a tomato in a burlap sac hung on a fence, from a box on a windowsill to herbs under a grow light!
My favorite inspirational quote:
“There is no use trying; one can't believe impossible things.” — Alice
“I dare say you haven't had much practice. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” — Queen of Hearts