Real Life Experts on… Fitness and Nutrition in Adulthood

September 25, 2017 - 2 minutes read

In the latest issue of Partnering Together, we put together ideas and resources for healthy living. Our Real Life Experts shared their perspectives on aspects of fitness and nutrition across the LifeCourse.

Below, is an excerpt from the Adulthood column, written by MO2F Family Leader, Malinda Barnett. Malinda shared her experience balancing our everyday life responsibilities with our health and what she has learned on her trajectory to a healthy lifestyle.

Adulthood life stage iconAm I eating healthy meals and snacks and staying physically active?


Fast forward to a year ago, when my mom became very ill. I lost track of taking care of myself, because I was so focused on taking care of her. Add to that that I was now in my 40’s, so my body’s physical capabilities and metabolism had also changed. I had gotten to a point where I was not exercising at all and, therefore, was having A LOT of difficulties walking. I had chronic back and hip pain. My weight was at the highest it had ever been, so my blood pressure was high. I had heartburn all the time.

I felt ashamed of the choices I was making and who I was becoming… until it finally dawned on me that I needed to STOP this downward spiral! My mom had instilled in me the importance of taking care of myself. I needed to take care of myself, so I could take care of her. I also needed to take care of myself because I’M WORTH IT!

Read Malinda’s full column to find out what she did to take charge of her health and read what the other Real Life Experts had to say in our latest issue at


Photo: Real Life Expert Malinda | mofamilytofamily.orgMalinda,
Kansas City, MO
Malinda is a MOF2F Volunteer. She works at an organization that serves people with developmental disabilities. She is married and has three dogs.


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