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Jennie Finch just may be the most famous softball player in the world. She pitched for the gold-medal-winning USA National Softball Team that competed in Athens in 2004. Later, she became a mom to sons Ace, now 6, and Diesel, now 1. A Los Angeles native, Finch is a Family Activity Good Life Guru for Hershey’s Moderation Nation, a website dedicated to encouraging healthy habits for kids and families. As the London 2012 Olympics draws near, she spoke with WomansDay.com about how her mother influenced not only her athletic achievements but also her life with kids.
How do you keep your children healthy?
It’s important to keep them active. Of course you can control what goes into their mouths, but it’s also about putting the active back into family activity. Go outside with them, live in the moment and encourage them. That’ll help you find fulfillment in your life as well.
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In 2008, Jim Carrey starred in a movie called Yes Man, and I’ve grown to love the idea behind the movie. His character makes a covenant to stop being a ''No Man'' and vows to answer ''Yes!'' to every opportunity, request or invitation that presents itself. Not too long ago, I was presented with an opportunity to reconsider what would have initially been a ''NO way!'' for me when my daughter asked me to participate in a race with her. If you’ve read my blogs, you know I’ve done 24 races since I joined SparkPeople. So why would I be saying ''no way''?
I’m trying to pass the healthy lifestyle journey onto my kids, and my youngest, Rachael, has become my race buddy. She completed the Hell Run and found that she actually loved jumping over fire, treading through streams and wading through mud. She actually prefers these types of races to the standard 5k’s that we’ve been doing. She brought up an event called The Rat Race, which is scheduled for October 20th in Dallas. It’s an Urban Adventure Race beyond what we have tried so far. The catch for me was one tiny word--repelling. I am seriously afraid of heights. I remember flying with my daughter when she was very little. It was a turbulent ride and I was trying not to show the fear that I was feeling. We hit a big air pocket, had a small drop, and she looked at me with the biggest smile and said ''don’t you just love the way that makes your stomach feel when it drops?'' It was at that moment that I realized she might be an alien baby because I never would have thought that! Read More ›