Our life’s values start with our family and what is valued by our parents.
I was fortunate to have parents that taught their nine children, “How to”… How to eat healthfully, How to be fit, How to have good work ethics, How to pray…
When I was growing up, every morning I saw my mom preparing natural foods and my father on the porch doing exercises. In the picture above, I am about 19 years old and frequently used dad’s exercise cables for better muscle conditioning and jumped on our family trampoline for the health benefits of aerobic activity. I was so lucky to have parents who taught their children how important health and fitness was for a good quality of life.
As Fathers Day approaches, I am grateful to my dad for his motivation that has inspired me all of my life. Also blessed to have a husband who is always on the job as dad to our daughter, now a young woman but still our baby.
What are your favorite memories of your dad? Our dads are important. How was your dad a motivation to you? Remember him on Fathers Day!
As many of my blogger friends know, I presently work as a Lifestyle Educator/ Fitness Instructor at Kaiser Permanente. I’m proud to be part of the Health Education department as they provide patients with the knowledge to have a better quality of life.
The Weight of the Nation: an HBO program partnering with Kaiser Permanente. The Weight of the Nation films include case studies; uplifting personal stories of people, families, and community members who are tackling weight issues; and interviews with our nation’s leading experts.
- Episode 1 — Consequences: Examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese.
- Episode 2 — Choices: Shares scientific insights into how to lose weight and explores what needs to change in people’s lives, including where they work, eat, learn and play, while spotlighting individuals who are waging the battle successfully.
- Episode 3 — Children in Crisis: Tells the heart-wrenching stories of young people struggling with excess weight and facing serious medical complications at an early age, and examines how marketing shapes food choices.
- Episode 4 — Challenges: Examines the driving forces behind the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, racial and socioeconomic disparities, and physical inactivity.
- HBO’s site for community activation kits and more
Kudos to HBO, Kaiser Permanente and the many professionals who help launch Weight of the Nation, as well as our First Lady, Michelle Obama for her Let’s Move campaign and her good example of promoting fitness and stopping obesity in our nation.
Fitness: You can start being more fit by adding 15 minutes a day of exercise to your lifestyle. Do something you enjoy! Mix it up! Strengthen your muscles by doing resistance training and strengthen your heart by doing aerobic training. Exercise is a prescription for health!
Entertainment: Dancing is a good exercise and another season of Dancing with the Stars has ended. I must admit, the highlight for me was seeing the Chmerkovskiy Brothers, Maksim and Val break a sweat and strut their stuff! Isn’t it time for you to move your body, break a sweat and have fun doing it? Dance like a star! (Past Dancing with the Stars moments etc…)
Sexy! Melissa Gilbert with Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Val Chmerkovskiy dance a Trio Samba in Week 8 of 2012:
Last but not least…
Memorial Day: Take a moment with me to remember those who have known the perils of combat… thinking of my father-in-law, Anthony Riccio who was awarded the purple heart.
God bless America and God bless you,
Maria Lauren – yourpowerfullife
(AKA: Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio)
Fitness and Entertainment, Contact: YGTPower@aol.com
- Keynote Speaker: “You Got The Power”
- Entertainer and Producer: “Showstoppers”
- Book Signings
- Singing or Fitness Coach…
Book by the Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and her sister Linda Eichberg: Beyond Our Wildest Dreams tells backstage stories about the Entertainment Icons of the 20th Century!
WOMEN ARE POWERFUL! Maria has the distinct honor of being the first woman in body-building to win two national championships in one year.