Sometimes when you’re out there trying to inspire the rest of the world to fitness and wellness, you neglect taking care of business “at home.” We know you can relate to this because we’ve had this conversation with many of you time and again over the years. The cobbler’s children are the last to get shoes, as the old saying goes.
Our national health discourse is often focused on food and nutri- tion issues these days. The many dimensions of the topic are so powerful that they can simultaneously catalyze and polarize people as well as codify consensus. “Cooking has surpassed both film and
literature as a springboard for serious conversation. This is the healthiest art movement in America right now,” said James Beard Award–winning author Rowan Jacobsen last summer at the Chef’s Collaborative National Sustainable Food Summit.
“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives . . . not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
—Ellen Goodman, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize–winning syndicated columnist
Welcome to 2014! It’s a fresh slate for all and the season for getting clients and ourselves on track with goals, dreams and ambitions.
As a nation, we talk about food a lot. In fact, we are mildly obsessed with it. Every day there is a new study touting the benefits of the latest “superfood” and another that criticizes last year’s thinking about it. In fact, there is so much to read, interpret, digest and use or discard that just keeping up with the latest in food and nutrition can be a full-time job.
From our headquarters to yours, we and the IDEA Tribe extend you our warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and productive holiday season! These final weeks on the annual calendar mark a perfect time to reflect on your productivity, your accomplishments and even your failures during the past year. Take a few moments to give yourself credit for your successes and to pin- point lessons learned from your ups and downs. We improve by doing. Reviewing the pathway behind us puts us firmly on a familiar road that is paved with experience.
As you probably know, in mid-June the American Medical Association adopted new policy that recognizes obesity as a disease. The controversial move generated much discussion and speculation in social and news media among medical and allied health providers, obese people, the general public and—of course—fitness professionals. IDEA Answers came alive with conversation the day of the announcement, and our Facebook Fan Page erupted in a flurry of posts, both pro and con, when we asked what you thought about the decision.
It’s challenging to make a mind-body connection in an era in which 87% of American adults own cell phones (45% of which are smartphones) and other electronic devices such as tablets and e-book readers. In addition to the rings, pings and dings our phones emit, there is the 24/7 news churn. Many of us are on media and screen overload, and unfortunately, it can be to the detriment of our inner peace. When being disconnected or off the grid is cause for anxiety, perhaps something has gone awry.