Do You Have A Wellness Ambassador?

by Susan

wellnessYou and I are lucky.

We are mothering in an age where the importance of wellness is recognized and promoted. We know how to look after ourselves to ensure we stay healthy and age as gracefully as possible.

But…

Are we making the best of it?

Are we taking our wellness seriously?

You know what you need to do, but are you doing it? Are you truly taking care of yourself?

We Need To Be Wellness Ambassadors For Each Other

When the folks from Kellogg’s FiberPlus asked me if I had a Wellness Ambassador — someone who inspires me to live a healthier lifestyle — I stopped and thought.

My mind first went to my mother. My mom — who turned 70 years old in December — is a true inspiration to me. In the 60′s my mom was trained as a pharmacist and in the 70′s she developed a fantastic understanding and appreciation of vitamins and minerals. As we grew up, my mom helped us to develop healthy lifestyles and to value and look after our bodies.

Now that my mother is entering her later years, I feel our roles starting to switch. While she taught and looked after us for so many years, it’s now my turn to step up and encourage her to continue a life of wellness with exercise and plenty of time for herself.

It’s my turn to now be her Wellness Ambassador.

Kellogg’s FiberPlus offered to sponsor a day of celebrating wellness for us, so I took my mom out for a delicious salad lunch and then we were pampered at the spa with manicures and pedicures.

I’m so grateful to Kellogg’s for making me think of the pursuit of wellness with this idea of a Wellness Ambassador. I’ve been thinking of all my friends online who inspire me to stay fit and one blogger really stands out — Workout Mommy. Lisa wrote a series of posts for us with clever ideas to sneak in exercise within our crazy busy mom lives.

Her tagline “Never underestimate the power of a workout” is drilled into my mind and continually makes me get up and get outside for a power walk.

I’m thankful to Lisa and all my other online friends who are helping me to create a healthier life and I’m going to try to be a Wellness Ambassador to my friends, my family and especially my little girls.

What About You?

Do you have a Wellness Ambassador? Do you think you are a Wellness Ambassador for others? What are some ways we can all help each other to create lives of wellness?

Kelloggs Fiber Plus Chocolate Chip Snack BarThanks to Kellogg’s FiberPlus™ we have 25 coupons for free boxes of Kellogg’s FiberPlus™ to give away. We’ll select 5 winners and each will receive 5 coupons so they’ll be all stocked up on healthy snacks.

You can enter three ways:

  1. You may post a comment here telling us how you act as a Wellness Ambassador or tell us about someone who has inspired you towards healthy living.
  2. You may send a us a tweet telling us how you act as a Wellness Ambassador and include the our twitter handle @5minutesformom and hashtag “#kelloggsfiberplus”.
  3. You may leave a comment on our 5 Minutes For Mom Facebook Page telling us how you act as a Wellness Ambassador.

For full giveaway details, click here.

We will select a total of five winners — three from comments on this post, one from Twitter and another from our Facebook page. Each winner will receive five coupons.

We’ll announce the five winners on Saturday, January 22, 2011.

Thanks again to Kellogg’s FiberPlus for sponsoring this giveaway and my wellness day with my mom.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder, Susan Carraretto.

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 sandy January 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm

i am trying to be by being a good example to son and his friends… eating balanced and controls portions

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2 Debbie January 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm

After my battle with cancer, I have tried to push the awareness of living healthy to all of my family and friends. I have learned so much since I went through this experience myself, and have strive to eat healthier, exercise, take vitamins every day and drink plenty of fluids. It is very important to me to teach my little one, family and friends how important it is to do all we can for our health and well being.

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3 jill conyers January 12, 2011 at 6:51 am

I’ve been a Wellness Ambassador and didn’t even know it until last year. I started receiving emails with questions about running and nutrition as well as emails to let me know I was someone’s inspiration to start running.

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4 Melissa P. January 12, 2011 at 9:08 am

I think I am a Wellness Ambassador to my son. By teaching him how important it is to eat a good healhty breakfast to start the day. By sharing the nutrition pyramid with him in regard to what our body needs to stay healthy and how we can balance those items out daily by cooking good healthy meals. By teaching him how swimming is a great exercise to keep our bodies and heart strong. And by getting up, getting out, and staying active through the winter months can help our bodies stay strong and illness free.

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5 nan January 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

my son has inspired to to be healthier..cause i want to be there for him when he grows up
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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6 LaVonne
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January 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I am trying to be a wellness ambassador for my family. We have switched to mainly organic, less processed, less refined sugar, and more real food. Our health is important to me.

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7 Samantha R January 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I try to be a wellness ambassador to a group of women from our church. I am a Registered Dietitian and about once a month I teach free classes to these women…hopefully the classes help someone live healthier.

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8 Staci A January 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

I would definitely say the my dad has inspired me to live healthier. After having heart surgery two years ago, he very willingly and passionately changed so many of his habits. He eats so much healthier now and works out every day. It’s amazing to see such a change!

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9 Jessica M. January 15, 2011 at 12:43 am

My husband has always been the one to tell me to take care of myself. To eat better and drink my water and take my vitamins. I love him!

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10 Peggy Gorman January 15, 2011 at 10:59 am

I am a Wellness Ambassador to my family and friends. We have a huge organic garden that we always make sure they all stop by and shop!! Eating healthy fresh food ,I also cook dinners and give out recipes so they are eating healthy
Thanks

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11 debi jackson January 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I act as a wellness ambassador for my science and health classes at school by teaching and modeling good practices.

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12 Karen January 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I try to be a wellness ambassador by encouraging my children to participate in sports and by cooking healthy meals.

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