When people ask me if I like to cook healthy meals, I usually look at them sideways and mutter something about being a fitness mama not a “Betty Crocker.” I find joy in making people burn calories, not consume them, so most of my aprons are wadded up in the back of my kitchen towel drawer. However, when I became my daughter’s school lunch room monitor, I decided it was time to give in to the apron-thing and send a healthy, nutritious message at the same time.
For some reason I thought it would be easy to find an apron with fruits, veggies and other organic, earthy food-type images on it. Wrong! Every food-themed apron I found had junk food on it: muffins, cupcakes, candy … NOT the nutritious message I want to send! So I did what any desperate modern mom does: I asked my 580 facebook friends if anyone could custom design one for me. You’d never guess who stepped up to the studio spotlight: A local news anchor!!!
I know Anita Kissée through my dragon boat team, The Castaways. She called a 2010 race for us in Salem that we won with her yelling at us the whole way. When she’s not on the water, though, she’s a well-known and loved on KATU news. She blogs over at ChicChick, and I love her “Pug in the Pearl” posts on facebook. It was an incredible honor to have her message me and say to just go pick out the fabrics I wanted and drop them off at KATU… She had it done in one weekend!
I love wearing my nutrition-focused apron in a lunchroom that is often full of malnutrition. It never ceases to amaze me what parents – who did everything they could to be healthy and nutritious while pregnant – will put in their kids’ mouths and lunchboxes after the pregnancy is over! But I can’t do anything about the “Little Debbie” snacks and lunchables that parents pack. What I can do: Wear a super cute apron that sends super vibrant and positive nutrition messages!
As the main instructor, founder and CEO of Fit2B Studio, Beth is happiest when she's helping people discover how to connect with their bodies so they can be stronger contributors to their families, communities, and this world! Beth has been immersed in the fitness industry since 1995 and received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sport Science from Oregon State University in 2001. She has trained in a wide variety of fitness specialities since then including: Aerobics, Yoga, Pilates, weightlifting, prenatal/postpartum fitness education, and restorative exercise. Her personal struggle with diastasis recti, as well as the struggle she observed in many of her clients, led her to creating the worlds first workout website exclusively devoted to TummySafe Fitness. She worked tirelessly since 2010 to integrate diastasis recti rehabilitation into exercise methods and basic activities of daily living. She has also been featured in several books and has fostered a world wide collaboration for her Experts In Diastasis Recti online course. Outside of Fit2B, she enjoys reading historical fiction, race walking, snowshoeing, hiking, and maintaining her small farm in Southwest Washington with her husband and two children.
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