I recently shot out some thoughts on the Three Sisters Garden and have yet to write one on the Trinity, so this note falls somewhere in between. Some of my past week involved developing curriculum to mesh with the St. Louis public school system. The curriculum emphasizes nutrition, physical activity, and sustainability.
This seems to be the perfect triad to focus on for improved health outcomes in children, and in every way I can think of, it applies to adults, too. It's all aimed at lowering risk and prevalence of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Whether you are an adult or child, the goal is to make informed decisions at the grocery store, restaurants, and farmers markets. More importantly, to actually BE an involved citizen.
To keep it simple , it is eating the rainbow, involving yourself in movement that you TRULY enjoy, and knowing where your food comes from.
To take the concept one step further, it's understanding the role of nutrients (like calcium and Vitamin D) on the body, how becoming active increases longevity(improves heart health and reduces stress), and that planting things (anything!) is a sustainable practice.
The goal? A better you, an involved community, and a healed culture. It's never too late to start.
(I found this mural in the corner at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Go visit, it'll surprise you.)