Sarah Wright, RN

Sarah Wright

  • Public Health Professional at Winnebago County Health Department, re:TH!NK Healthy Living Partnership
  • B.S. Nursing and Education, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • Board-Certified Holistic Health Coach

I believe that making enjoyable food and lifestyle choices that promote good health are the keys to achieving the life you’ve dreamed about. Healthy snacks help to avoid food emergencies (hunger with no healthy options available). My favorite go-to snack is cinnamon-roasted almonds and fresh blueberries. The complementary flavors make a satisfying snack that helps me feel great, avoid cravings, and get nutrients too! Spread raw almonds on sheet pan, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes, until fragrant. Store in covered glass jar up to a week.

What are your tips/advice for healthy eating?

The best way to make a simple food change that supports your health is to add more vegetables to your day, including new and different varieties. This strategy can help replace less-healthy calories with the health-promoting nutrients that come from vegetables! Add another vegetable to your dinner plate, lunch box, or as an afternoon snack with some hummus or yogurt dip to help you stay satisfied until dinner.

What are your tips/advice for active living?

One of my favorite quotes is from Sean Foy, internationally-know fitness expert, who says that, “the best exercise is the one that you will actually do!” So many people, myself included, have spent so much time trying different “workouts” that we think we should do, but that we don’t really like, and then we feel guilty when we don’t do them enough. Building physical activities that you enjoy into your regular routine, such as walking at lunch, going hiking on Sundays, or playing ball with your children, is the best way to make sure you stay active for life!

What are your tips/advice for life balance?

Balancing the demands of our lives, while leaving enough space for fun, relaxation, and spiritual fulfillment is a major challenge for many. Building these “balancing activities” right into your schedule will help you to make life balance a priority. For me, this means sometimes having to leave tasks unfinished, and just go out and have fun. Ironically, I often find that it’s easier to take care of things later because I feel better and more energized.