Who are you , what do you do, how are you connected to Community Strong?
Marsha Adams, a wife, mother, grandmother. Retired from full time employment after working in education, County government and City Parks. I serve on the Tourism Commission for St. Charles City, I’m a board member of the Frenchtown Heritage Museum, a member and various event chairperson for the Historic Frenchtown Association, and I live in Frenchtown. I learned about Community Strong through our son, volunteered at Day of Play, and through conversation I urge others to check out the Community Strong website to see what is happening and all the useful information that they share (especially in their newsletter, wink).
How are health and wellness revealed in your life? How you always been active?
I try to stay active physically and mentally. Going for a walk, bike ride, gardening, yoga, painting, games, personal bookkeeping and a substitute, non-clerical at St. Charles City schools. I have always been active and on the go.
True confessions: what is one of your vices?
Love chocolate and ice cream. When I’ve had an active day (like meeting or exceeding my steps goal) I will sometimes treat myself to something I enjoy eating or drinking (even if it isn’t my healthiest choice).
What is one thing you wished the residents of St. Charles County would do to improve their health?
Take advantage of free time to get up and move, rather in your neighborhood or go to an indoor facility, a St. Charles County Park or one of the City’s Parks. Did you know you could go sledding in the bowl, known as Bummer’s Hollow @ Blanchette Park? In Frenchtown we are very fortunate to have, in walking distance, several City Parks, Katy Trail, Missouri River, hiking and biking trails, fishing, fitness gym, yoga studio, boxing club, the new Steel Shop-Climbing Facililty, as well as the seasonal Farmer’s Market.
What is your greatest accomplishment or barrier you have overcome with your health so far? What inspires you to keep moving?
I am cancer free after being diagnosed in May 2009 (breast cancer). After radiation, chemotherapy, lymphdema and other related issues, I have finally beat it!
What is a negative health outcome you have recently learned about that is affecting St. Charles County?
That we are so unsure how to respond to the pandemic of Covid-19. We want to be safe, but we want to enjoy our lives.
How does your purpose or calling in life help direct your health choices?
My mother was a nurse and growing up I saw how she helped so many. I always want to be the person, one can count on.
What advice would you give someone who trying to live a healthier lifestyle?
You have to “want” to take care of yourself. Set small goals, accomplish them… and keep adding to that list. Take a short break when needed, but stay focused. If you care about yourself, you can make good healthy choices.
What is your go to healthy recipe?
Buy fruit and vegetables in season. Locally grown or grown within the U.S. are more likely to be fresher and safer, than imported. We use cooking methods such as grilling, air frying and seasoning to make tasty foods. A favorite dish is grilled lean meat, sweet potatoes (prepared multiple ways) and oven baked vegetables.
What would your life be like if you were not active and pursuing health?
I can’t imagine not staying active and healthy.
Anything else you want to share?
We all have to make life choices, no matter how hard to be healthy. Sometimes genetics get in the way, but keep thinking positive thoughts and enjoy each day.. Accomplishments take a little effort!