I used to get irritated with my mom when she would pack me a whole wheat bread sandwich, an apple and a bag of carrot sticks for lunch. Especially when my friends sitting next to me had their Wonder bread, factory bag of chips and Twinkies. It was hard to be me, or so I thought. At home it was the same. Ask my mom today, and she’ll tell you that you have to have something green with every meal. This is how I was raised, and it has stuck with me! She was and IS a very health-conscious person. Both of my parents were pretty active when I was a kid. My mom did some running and a few 5K’s . My dad would get on these kicks where he’d ride his bike for several hours and come back to swim some laps. He would play catch with me in the yard, etc. I think these things shape us as kids. I’m trying to do the same with my four kids, as much as possible. They see me and my husband working out and making health a top priority in our lives. I hope it will be for them, and their kids, too. And so on.