Team!
This week our friends at Humana are heading to Akron, Ohio for the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational. While there they are hooking up with our Health Star of the Week, Beth Hellerstein.
Beth is a pediatrician and mother of two, with some good, common sense wisdom for leading a healthy life. “Go to the local farmer’s market and buy fresh foods,” advises Beth. Play outside with your children and remember why exercise should be really fun.” 
Beth is also an outstanding Charity Miler for The Michael J. Fox Foundation in honor of her sister-in-law (and my friend), Karen. Thanks for all you do, Beth. And thanks for leading by example!
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Name: Beth Hellerstein
Age: 51
City: Cleveland Heights, Ohio
What’s your favorite way to stay active? I stay active any way I can and wherever I am. I like the feeling of riding my bicycle to run errands and spend a day without my car. I also love the rush of feeling the wind in my face racing down Old Mill Hill and then working my way back up. I walk with my friend Lisa around Shaker Lakes as the sun rises and the heat blue heron spreads her wings taking flight. I lift weights with Ben at 121. In winter, I enjoy cross country skiing.
What charities do you like to support with Charity Miles? The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. My lovely sister in law, Karen was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s and has moved into her second career to find a cure for the disease. I am inspired by her tenacity, energy and dedication to raising oodles of money for MJFox research.
What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? I am the mother of two amazing young men; I am a pediatrician that has had the honor of taking care of thousands of children for the past 20+ years and am starting to care for a second generation of children! I have finished a marathon, several half marathons, 10ks and a few biathlons. Though I am slow, at least I started and finished these races.
What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? My parents continue to inspire me even though they are gone. My father was a cardiologist who was one of the first to recommend exercising after having a heart attack, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and stop smoking. My mother was also a pediatrician who cared for foster children and worked and traveled until she was 89 and a half. I see the lasting impact my parents made on our community and feel compelled to try to give back too.
Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? New Zealand because of the diverse terrain and the beautiful rugged yet pastoral scenery.
What do you to do to help get your family/community active? I talk about exercising one’s brain and body every day with all of my patients, big and little. I volunteer at local charity races as medical support. I’ve helped coach my boys’ soccer teams and even played in an “old lady” soccer lead.  I lead by example.
Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? Go to the local farmer’s market and but fresh foods. Play outside with your children and remember why exercise should really be fun and playful and not a chore. Shovel a neighbor’s walk when you’re done with your own. The weather isn’t bad if you have the right clothing, so there’s no excuse not to go out!
What are your health/fitness goals? I would like to ride a century ride.
Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest board you’d like to try? The kale strawberry nut salad!
Do you have any favorite healthy recipes you can share? Caprese salad: ripe tomatoes in season, sliced, placed in single layer on plate; fresh basil leaves minced and sprinkled on tomato slices; thinly sliced fresh mozzarella cheese layered on top of tomatoes and sprinkle with more basil leaves. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil (sparingly) and balsamic glaze. Lightly salt and pepper to taste. Toast walnuts or pine nuts and toss over plate.  (You can also substitute fresh beets for the tomatoes.)  [Editor’s note: YUM!]
What is the best health advice you’ve ever received? Put one foot in front of the other and so on.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? My name is Beth. I am 51 years old, married and a mother of 2 boys. I am a pediatrician and love taking care of children and have a rich fulfilling career. I am the youngest of six children. My parents were both doctors and brought my siblings and me up in a very health-conscious home in the 1950’s-70’s. I grew up on skim milk and whole grain bread, little red meet and daily activities. We did not have a television until 1976 or so. Even though I have worked full time, my husband and I have made an effort to eat dinner with our sons at least 5 nights each week. We also make sure they eat breakfast every day! High-res

Team!

This week our friends at Humana are heading to Akron, Ohio for the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational. While there they are hooking up with our Health Star of the Week, Beth Hellerstein.

Beth is a pediatrician and mother of two, with some good, common sense wisdom for leading a healthy life. “Go to the local farmer’s market and buy fresh foods,” advises Beth. Play outside with your children and remember why exercise should be really fun.” 

Beth is also an outstanding Charity Miler for The Michael J. Fox Foundation in honor of her sister-in-law (and my friend), Karen. Thanks for all you do, Beth. And thanks for leading by example!

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Name: Beth Hellerstein

Age: 51

City: Cleveland Heights, Ohio

What’s your favorite way to stay active? I stay active any way I can and wherever I am. I like the feeling of riding my bicycle to run errands and spend a day without my car. I also love the rush of feeling the wind in my face racing down Old Mill Hill and then working my way back up. I walk with my friend Lisa around Shaker Lakes as the sun rises and the heat blue heron spreads her wings taking flight. I lift weights with Ben at 121. In winter, I enjoy cross country skiing.

What charities do you like to support with Charity MilesThe Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. My lovely sister in law, Karen was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s and has moved into her second career to find a cure for the disease. I am inspired by her tenacity, energy and dedication to raising oodles of money for MJFox research.

What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? I am the mother of two amazing young men; I am a pediatrician that has had the honor of taking care of thousands of children for the past 20+ years and am starting to care for a second generation of children! I have finished a marathon, several half marathons, 10ks and a few biathlons. Though I am slow, at least I started and finished these races.

What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? My parents continue to inspire me even though they are gone. My father was a cardiologist who was one of the first to recommend exercising after having a heart attack, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and stop smoking. My mother was also a pediatrician who cared for foster children and worked and traveled until she was 89 and a half. I see the lasting impact my parents made on our community and feel compelled to try to give back too.

Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? New Zealand because of the diverse terrain and the beautiful rugged yet pastoral scenery.

What do you to do to help get your family/community active? I talk about exercising one’s brain and body every day with all of my patients, big and little. I volunteer at local charity races as medical support. I’ve helped coach my boys’ soccer teams and even played in an “old lady” soccer lead.  I lead by example.

Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? Go to the local farmer’s market and but fresh foods. Play outside with your children and remember why exercise should really be fun and playful and not a chore. Shovel a neighbor’s walk when you’re done with your own. The weather isn’t bad if you have the right clothing, so there’s no excuse not to go out!

What are your health/fitness goals? I would like to ride a century ride.

Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest board you’d like to try? The kale strawberry nut salad!

Do you have any favorite healthy recipes you can share? Caprese salad: ripe tomatoes in season, sliced, placed in single layer on plate; fresh basil leaves minced and sprinkled on tomato slices; thinly sliced fresh mozzarella cheese layered on top of tomatoes and sprinkle with more basil leaves. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil (sparingly) and balsamic glaze. Lightly salt and pepper to taste. Toast walnuts or pine nuts and toss over plate.  (You can also substitute fresh beets for the tomatoes.)  [Editor’s note: YUM!]

What is the best health advice you’ve ever received? Put one foot in front of the other and so on.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? My name is Beth. I am 51 years old, married and a mother of 2 boys. I am a pediatrician and love taking care of children and have a rich fulfilling career. I am the youngest of six children. My parents were both doctors and brought my siblings and me up in a very health-conscious home in the 1950’s-70’s. I grew up on skim milk and whole grain bread, little red meet and daily activities. We did not have a television until 1976 or so. Even though I have worked full time, my husband and I have made an effort to eat dinner with our sons at least 5 nights each week. We also make sure they eat breakfast every day!