“Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.”
I found this quote the other day and thought it applied perfectly to Food and Fitness. Working towards a better future for today’s generation of children takes a lot of perseverance and people that believe that they can make it happen, and they do!
The month of January has been a bit of a whirlwind getting back to the swing of things. Planning for spring, lessons and making new goals for next year has made my head spin. I was feeling like I hadn’t achieved anything and my “to do” list was making its tenth loop around the Earth (okay, I might have exaggerated on that a little bit, but I think everyone feels that way once in a while). But the other day I had a minute to sit down and think about all the things that I have accomplished in the past four months reflect on the work that I have been doing. I still have the belief that I have the power to make the future better than the present.
Reflecting on my small successes I’ve realized that I have made an impact on kids and teachers already. I have 3rd and 4th graders that continue to choose white milk over chocolate milk, kindergarteners that get excited about trying new fruits and veggies, whole elementary schools that take brain breaks throughout their day to sneak in 10-15 minutes of extra physical activity, food service directors that use local produce in their school lunches, and the list goes on. Creating a new mind set on what it looks like to live a healthy lifestyle takes time and patience, but taking time to look at the small victories makes the end goal seem like it is within reach.
So in closing, I would just like to thank everyone that makes this work a success. Without a supportive Operations team, diligent fellow RCs, administrators and teachers open and willing to make changes, and students eager to learn none of this would be possible. Keep that belief alive that we have the power to make the future better than the present and we will.