My background: I have worked as a physician in the field of public health and preventive
medicine for over 30 years (MD, Baylor College of Medicine; MPH, University of Texas School of Public Health; Preventive Medicine
& Public Health residency, University of Michigan; board-certification- General Preventive Medicine & Public Health;
and, clinical work, Pediatrics). I have worked for over 25 years in public health service systems for children and youth
with disabilities. As a wife and mother, I am passionate about family and I love children. My interests and pursuits
in life are diverse (4th Degree Black Belt in Kung Fu; volunteer service in Ghana and Kenya; animal conservation; art; poetry;
I believe that health and well-being thrive in the practice
of compassion, empathy, and life skills in peace, green-living, and health. The evidence-based research in neuroscience, positive psychology, and health supports this premise.
have developed the "Olymp-i-a Challenge" as a fun and simple way to engage in and strengthen this practice. In
an effort to "walk my talk," I do the "Olymp-i-a Challenge" myself. For 2 years I posted my daily
journey on Facebook. I have recorded these 2 years of daily positive ideas and actions for peace, green-living, and
health in the "365" files.
The daily practice has changed
my life awareness and habits and continues to do so. I learn about new things, discover new people and places,
and have wonderful adventures. Most of all, I live life with intention and purpose and increase my overall sense of well-being
and happiness. As part of the practice, I have adopted habits that not only help me but also help others and the Earth.
I witness a ripple-effect cycle of positive change both from me to others and from others back to me.
Since it is best to establish positive habits early in life, I am passionate about engaging
children and youth in this practice in order to maximize their own well-being and success and to help create a better world.
I have developed "Olymp-i-a Challenge" models for schools and classrooms, camps and clubs, child care settings, libraries,
Special Olympics, Scouts, and other groups. Also, check out the Olymp-i-a Challenge publications.
Now, onward! I hope this website helps you join
in the journey. Use the resources to inspire your own daily practice and to help you engage children and youth. Together,
we can make a positive difference.
I welcome your feedback.
Let us know how you are doing!
Lesa R. Walker, MD,