Who are you? What do you do? How are you connected to Community Strong?
I am Todd Barnes, Executive Director of Community Council. I am connected to Community Strong through committee work, especially through the Workplace Wellness Committee.
How is health and wellness revealed in your life? Have you always been active?
We as a family have tried over the years to stay active especially when the kids were younger and still at home. My wife is a Registered Dietitian at St. Luke’s Hospital so good nutrition has been an on-going topic in our house.
What is one of the things you wished the residents of St. Charles County would do to improve their health?
Take advantage of the amazing parks and walking trails that are offered.
What is your greatest accomplishment or barrier you have overcome with your health so far? What inspires you to keep moving forward?
My biggest barrier is, and continues to be, balance in my diet. Some days are really good and then others are not so good. I have a good routine of preventative doctor visits and frankly have been told what I need to do to become healthier, I just need the willpower to do so.
What is a negative health outcome you have learned about that affects the residents of St. Charles County?
Our commuter society which presses our home life. Sometimes it is easier to pick up some not so healthy food when we are so busy with life.
What is your healthy go to recipe?
Each Sunday evening we grill chicken and use that through the week so we are not wondering what to fix. We love combinations with pasta and rice with our chicken.
What advice would you give somebody who is trying to live a healthier lifestyle?
Find that willpower to succeed. Whether it is an app, a gym, or an important person in your life as a role model….. Just do it!
What would your life look like if you were not active and pursuing health?
I know I can do so much better at a healthy lifestyle and look for that as on-going motivation.
— interview conducted by Maddie Fischer, Intern, Community Strong SCC
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