by Heather Pitre, WHF Events and Communications Specialist
Yes, we had some snow in Seattle. Some of the outlying areas got a lot, but here in Seattle, it was just a few inches. We don’t handle it too well. The city shuts down in many ways—most people work from home if they can, drivers always attempt to get up the steep hills and fail, hitting cars and causing accidents, and there aren’t enough snowplows to clear off the streets. The weather is the primary news event for days, and the rest of the country looks at us and thinks we’re silly. Perhaps we are. We’re not built for snow. We can’t help it.
This year, I noticed something different. There seemed to be more joy in the air. More people sledding. More families out walking and just enjoying themselves. I saw a group of kids dancing and laughing and eating snow off the roof of my boyfriend’s car. Perhaps we’ve finally realized that we can’t beat the weather, so we might as well have some fun with it.
Next time you’re stuck in a storm and the cabin fever starts to set it, get outside! Go play. Talk to your neighbors. Talk to strangers. Talk about the weather. Tell them about the Healthiest State Campaign and ask them if they have a Personal Health Advocate. Tell them they can become Champions and log their miles as part of our New Year’s Resolution Challenge.
And today, the sun is out, the streets are clear, and we’re back at work. Call us at 855-WA-HEALTH if you need help finding a health plan and plowing through the stormy world of health insurance.