Health & Fitness
Start A Family Tradition
I’m very thankful to the Henry St. Settlement House, a community organization, for offering free courses to women on the lower east side- back in the late 1940s.
My mother, an immigrant with very little knowledge about nutrition, attended classes and was very proud when she learned how to prepare healthy inexpensive meals. She also learned the importance of a good breakfast. After that, we were not allowed to leave the apartment until we had breakfast.
I carried on the tradition and breakfast has always been an important meal in our home. Maybe that’s why Bill makes breakfast for me.
My three siblings and I were the recipients of Mom’s new approach to cooking. Little did she know that her newly gained knowledge would influence three generations- her children, grandchildren and her great grandchildren. We all enjoy fresh salads, fruits and vegetables. At family gatherings there is never any leftover salad.
My mother’s ability to change her cooking habits gives me hope that other families might be willing to change long ingrained eating habits. As the First Lady, Michelle Obama has said- even small changes bring about very positive results.
I am struck by how the choices we make could affect the health and behavior of our great-grandchildren.
We have the power to change what happens to future generations. Let’s pass along healthy eating habits.
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