Prevention Partners: Happy Thanksgiving

Here are some general items that I am always grateful for having in my life:

– My health and my family’s health

– My supportive and loving family and friends

– Clean water and indoor plumbing

89% of the world’s population uses drinking water from improved sources (54% from a piped connection in their dwelling, plot or yard, and 35% from other improved drinking water sources), leaving 780 million people lacking access to an improved source of water – Sourced from the CDC

This Year’s Gratefulness:

2014 is a special year for me.  I have been given a once in a life time opportunity to help a small non-profit from the business end.  The Pulse Volunteer Partnership’s motto is “Be the Change”, so I set off on my six month assignment to do just that, change Prevention Partners.  But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum…

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This pride of MBAs and PHDs in Public Health, Social Work, and Nutrition (plus two IT guys) changed me.  First, it was snacking from the fruit bowl instead of a vending machine.  Shortly after, there came the walking meetings and meet-ups at 3:00 to walk or do a fitness video.  Celebrates? Who begins each staff meeting with “Let’s celebrate our professional accomplishments” for this month? Prevention Partners.

Then came the staff’s genuine appreciation for peoples’ time, talent and efforts.  This innate team mentality is infectious and  beautiful to see unfold during the course day.  Often someone will say something along the lines of the following:  Well if it wasn’t for… the Amy report, Hannah’s national webinar, Whitney’s research, Kara and Elina’s hard work, plus a dozen other tasks each and every staff member does quietly in the background to keep things running smoothly.

There are two weeks left on my assignment; I will savor every nurturing, inspiring moment.

Weekly Wellness Tally

Who am I kidding?  It’s Thanksgiving week.  Bring on the casseroles, pies, wines, and cheese platters. My hips are all yours.

Happy Thanksgiving.

See you next week,
Pulse 2014 volunteer at Prevention Partners, Chapel Hill, NC, USA



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