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Susan Anderson-Benson

University of St. Thomas - Faculty & Staff

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  • 565 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    180
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    15
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    16
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    14
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    20
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    14
    whole food meals
    consumed

Susan's Actions

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

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Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 15 minute(s) each day.

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Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

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Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

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Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

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Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) each day from local producers.

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Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

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Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

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Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

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    Susan Anderson-Benson 5/01/2020 4:43 PM
    Given our need for social distancing, I am finding it to be very helpful to walk outdoors at the end of each work day. Given the amount of screen time we're currently having, it's a great way to disconnect from technology and refocus and re-energize for the next day.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Susan Anderson-Benson 5/01/2020 4:40 PM
    The practice of expressing gratitude on a daily basis during this challenge has proven not only beneficial to those I send notes, but also to me. Stopping to think about people to thank each day has helped me to stay focused on the positive during this trying time. It's a practice I intend to continue after the challenge is over.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more unnecessary things in the future?

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    Susan Anderson-Benson 4/20/2020 8:09 AM
    The smartest way to not accumulate more things in the future is to organize what I have so I don't end up double-buying. I'm trying to spend at least 15 minutes a day decluttering or organizing, since I'm working at home right now and am stunned at the duplicates I've already found because things weren't as organized as they could be. It's a nice daily break and has the bonus effect of getting my house and life into better order.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Food Lifestyle
    Michael Pollan states that “it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor.” What are your thoughts on this assertion?

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    Susan Anderson-Benson 4/20/2020 8:06 AM
    Such a true statement! My doctors (MD and Chiro) are always talking about the importance of healthy eating for best health.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    Many people say that “you can’t feed the world with just organic food.” How would you respond to that statement?

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    Susan Anderson-Benson 4/20/2020 8:04 AM
    I disagree based on my personal experience - it was easy to find organic foods to meet my dietary and taste-preference needs. I caveat that with the realization that not everyone can afford the higher cost of organic foods, so because of that, in fairness, the statement is partly true, until barriers to healthy food are eliminated for everyone.

    • Hugh Smeltekop's avatar
      Hugh Smeltekop 4/22/2020 7:27 AM
      Agree! Food policies in the US are skewed toward cheap food, and not healthy food, healthy environment, fair labor practices and more resilient production. The closure of the Smithfield meat packing plant in Sioux Falls is a good example of bad food policy in the US.