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Nutrition for All: 3 Atlanta Neighbors Embrace Healthy Living

In this crazy thing called life, we all want to feel good. Many of us strive to meet this goal by embracing our personal health. This drives us to run that extra mile or to add more veggies to our shopping cart or plate. We want to eat better because we want to feel better. But too often, many of us have to overcome barriers such as cost, convenience, and even chronic health conditions that make healthy seem completely out of reach at times.

With all that said, it comes as no surprise that there are tons of meal kits on the market right now.

Before we go any further, this article isn’t an advertisement for our meal plans.  We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to some folks — the “neighbors” we talk about all the time when we talk about our support of non-profit Open Hand Atlanta.

Open Hand Community Dietitian poses with Cooking Matters participant during a class.

Good Measure Meals functions a little differently than other healthy food delivery companies out there — our products don’t just support the health of our customers. One hundred percent of net proceeds from every Good Measure Meals purchase supports the health of our Atlanta community in a sustainable way. For every two meals you buy, we are able to provide Atlanta neighbors with medically appropriate meals and nutrition education through our non-profit Open Hand Atlanta.

So, who are these “neighbors?” They are moms, husbands, children, and seniors from various walks of life who, too, want to embrace a healthy life. Today, we’d like you to meet a few of those neighbors — a supermom, a chef, and a triathlete, to be exact — each with an inspiring story of taking charge of their health, sometimes with a little support from their friends – like you.

WHEN ERICA WAS ENROLLED IN A 6-WEEK OPEN HAND/NO KID HUNGRY COURSE DESIGNED TO HELP LOW-INCOME YOUTH AND FAMILIES LEARN TO SHOP, COOK AND EAT HEALTHIER ON A VERY LIMITED BUDGET, SHE HAD NO IDEA HOW MUCH IT WOULD ULTIMATELY IMPACT HER LIFE.

“I enrolled in Cooking Matters because I’ve always liked to be in the kitchen…in fact I had my own spot in the kitchen in my mom’s house and in my grandmother’s house. Food has just always been a part of my life. But I knew there were still a lot of things I could learn so that I could provide healthier options for my family. And believe me, I did learn a lot.

This experience [Cooking Matters] has definitely changed my eating habits and my approach to preparing healthy food. If you look in my refrigerator now you’ll see a lot of greens, fruit and other vegetables…I keep it stocked. Cooking Matters showed me how to stretch my money so that, when I go to the farmers market, I can even buy some organic foods—which is better for us. And I’m not afraid to try something new that might be on sale. 

My kids are my life. And they’re all really adventurous, I would say, in every aspect of the word. They’re fearless. My oldest is my son Tony. He’s 23, and he’s taken on the role of protector for the family. I look to him for a lot now. My oldest daughter Love is 15 and she’s so smart and compassionate—she’s like my second in command at home. Then there’s my 14 year-old son, Neo. He’s a handful. I have to keep my eye on him at all times…but surprisingly, he’s probably the one that has been most impacted by my Cooking Matters experience. He used to shy away from the kitchen, but now he’s a lot more helpful to me. In turn, he’s tried a lot more healthy foods…I’ve found that when kids help out in the kitchen, they’re more willing to try new things, too. Of course I can’t forget my youngest, Camryn. She’s a firecracker…always moving and getting into something. She keeps me laughing and smiling, but she’s a big help in the kitchen, too. She loves to cook and loves to eat…she’ll try anything. I’m just really proud of all of them!

Of course I’m also proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish through Open Hand and Cooking Matters. I plan on passing on what I’ve learned every chance I get…that’s what I do. I have dreams to be a chef. And I want to give back to my community even more. If I can enlighten another person like me and get them to spread their nutrition knowledge, then families in my community can eat better and live healthier…Then my job is done (continue reading at Nutrition For All).”

BETTY IS NOT JUST AN OPEN HAND CLIENT—SHE’S A VIBRANT, GIFTED MOTHER WHO DOESN’T LET HER LIMITED MOBILITY SLOW HER DOWN.

Open Hand serves hundreds of seniors like Betty who are home-bound, disabled, or too sick to consistently prepare their own healthy meals. Unlike Betty, who receives visits from her children, on a regular basis, many of our clients are both food insecure and socially isolated. So whether it’s simply making conversation, making them a birthday card, or making sure they’re eating their meals, we treat each and every one of them like family. After all that’s what makes Open Hand so much more than a meal.

“When I’m not feeling too well, I can just take my Open Hand meal, heat it up, and I’ve got something healthy to eat, where otherwise I might not eat healthy things.

And then when I feel like I want something a little more gourmet, I can add some herbs and spices to my Open Hand meal…a little onion, a little garlic, a little whatever to it, and make it fancier if I want to.”  Continue reading at Nutrition for All—>

 

BEING THE SON OF MAJOR LEAGUE HALL OF FAME PITCHER PHIL NIEKRO CERTAINLY HAD ITS ADVANTAGES. BUT IT ALSO PUT A A GOOD BIT OF PRESSURE ON A KID WHO STRUGGLED WITH HIS WEIGHT AND DIDN’T THINK OF HIMSELF AS AN ATHLETE.

That was until Philip made a few changes in his life. He committed to living a healthier lifestyle, dropped some weight, and started running. And he’s never looked back.

“I became a devoted Good Measure Meals’ customer about eight or nine years ago, and lost nearly 30 pounds. That may not sound like a lot to some people, but it was huge for me.

I give a lot of credit to my family for inspiring me. They were always so supportive, and helped me face down some of those inner life challenges we all face. After I lost weight and started to embrace physical activity, it just became a complete game-changer.”

So much so, that Philip decided to join Open Hand’s Good Measure Meals team in order to become an advocate for our work — something that he could speak to in a highly personal way.

“I jumped at the chance to work for this great company that I had been recommending to all of my friends during my weight loss journey, and at the same time help an awesome non-profit organization like Open Hand Atlanta provide medically-appropriate meals to the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community.”Continue reading—>



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