14 Mar, 2011
Day one of March Break, and a new gig
March Break started with a bang. Last night one of the girls had a sleepover. We had an impromptu summer picnic-style dinner (hots and hams, carrot slaw, and potato chips!) and afterwards curled up to watch Open Season 2.
They are all chatting over breakfast while I attempt to plan the rest of our week. There is work to be done too and I need to schedule around it. I haven’t had a spare moment to share some fun news with you and I’ve already be at it for over a week.
Some of you know this already, but I’m officially working as the Social Media / Community Manager / Social Media Content and Strategy Gal (I can’t come up with a title for myself - help?) for the Know More Do More campaign. I first wrote about KMDM in March 2010, and for the better part of a year we plowed through their tip jar to see if we could shake things up a little around here. It was KMDM that inspired me to go on a sugar fast, read labels a little more closely, and organize a neighborhood game of freeze tag… among other things.
I am pretty excited to be working with such a great group of partners. And if you’ve been here for any length of time you’ll know that this is a topic that I’m really passionate about.
Know More Do More encourages a whole-child approach to good health. It’s not about counting calories or buying treadmills for the whole family. It’s about taking small steps and creating healthy habits. It’s about introducing a family game night instead of watching TV seven nights a week. It’s about sitting down to a dinner you made as a family, going for a walk in the park, buying local, and taking a deep breath.
One of the things I’m doing for KMDM is providing content for their relaunched Facebook page. I would love it if you could join me there and jump into the conversation. Contributing to the Facebook page is a tiny way you can help make all of our families a little healthier. (How? KMDM is, at its core, an awareness campaign. Talk brings change. Your participation on Facebook helps spread the word. By sharing information with other parents you are helping make healthy living a priority in people’s minds. And who knows, maybe your comment or tweet will be the ripple that creates a wave of change? For example, wouldn’t you love to see more kids walking to school or playing in the park after school? If so, you need to be part of a movement that supports it, and show your support.)
KMDM is also on Twitter (which is something else I take care of) and you can follow me there too. We have some neat things planned, including some giveaways, which is pretty cool in my books. :)
You can read more about KMDM on the official website.
Knowledge is power. And my goal with KMDM is to spread the word about healthy living. I know that sounds totally granola and is quite possibly a turnoff for those who equates “healthy living” with Birkenstock-wearing commune dwellers (nothin’ against Birks, of course) but it is my hope that through KMDM I will be able to remind people that it’s not that hard to be healthy and active. Good health is not beyond our reach. And being mindful of what our kids are eating and doing, and helping them get the best possible start in life, is the best gift we can give them.
Edited to add: one of the things I’d like to do once the weather improves is organize a big playdate at the park some sunny Saturday morning. Or maybe a bike parade along the Ottawa River parkway when it closes on Bike Sundays. Maybe with prizing? Anyone interested in that kind of thing? :)
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