Our stories are what bring us here. On the front page of this website, several of our staff members have shared their stories – what brought them here. On this page, we are going to gather your stories, the stories of your family that reveal your struggles and triumphs along the journey to health. What always seems to emerge when we listen to you – the families we serve every day – is resilience – the amazing strengths and abilities that are innate in every family that often transfers from one generation to the next. We hope these stories inspire you, as they do us.
Amidst a once in a century pandemic, moms, dads, grandparents, and all of those who have the greatest influence on feeding their families, have been through one of the most challenging and harrowing twenty months of their lives. Never has the present generation been faced with a pandemic such as Covid-19, where isolation, depression, and hopelessness, not to mention the fear of hospitalization and death, consumed their everyday thoughts. Nevertheless, during these past 20 months of pandemic chaos, protecting their family, especially the children, always remained a top priority.
My “why”. What’s yours? As a mom with a long-standing career in medicine, I often find myself in the position of wanting to help my sons (ages 5,10,13) appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Thus, I will admittedly use just about any opportunity to advise my boys on making healthier choices when it comes to food and sleep! Of course, if you were to ask them, they might prefer to describe this as their mom’s (all-too-frequent) “rants” and “boring, endless lectures”. (In fact, as I write this, I am chuckling to myself, hearing their grunts, and picturing the (far too) many eye-rolls I’ve received in response to efforts aimed at limiting screen time and processed food.)
I am a single mother to 3 kids, David is my youngest one. David has had a rough start from the beginning, as I was diabetic and pregnant. So from the time he was born he was already a larger child. He loves to eat and as a single parent, I am thankful to have support from my family, unfortunately, others are sometimes set in their way of eating which ends up transferring to David’s eating habits.