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Member Spotlight: Kevin Bergsrud

Kevin Bergsrud

Kevin is a Seattle Parks & Recreation Enterprise Division Planner. He has been instrumental in managing public-private partnerships to revitalize Magnuson Park. Kevin and his wife, Anne, are two of our charter members, and their daughter enjoys going to the MiniMAC and Parent Date Night.

MAC:  Tell us a little bit about where you grew up and how you ended up in Seattle.
KB: Grad school at UW brought me to Seattle. First time visited Seattle over an Indian Summer weekend in 1989. I was hooked, what a fantastic city! I grew up in Phoenix. While I don’t have bad memories of the hot summer weather, I did dream a lot about what it would be like to live somewhere with fog and rain. Now I know!

USDA 10 Tips for Building Healthy Meals

A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. Think about how you can adjust the portions on your plate to get more of what you need without too many calories. And don’t forget dairy – make it the beverage with your meal or add fat-free or low-fat dairy products to your plate.

1. Make half your plate veggies and fruits – Vegetables and fruits are full of nutrients and may help to promote good health. Choose red, orange, and darkgreen vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.

2. Add lean protein – Choose protein foods, such as lean beef and pork, or chicken,
turkey, beans, or tofu. Twice a week, make seafood the protein on your plate.

3. Include whole grains – Aim to make at least half your grains whole grains. Look for the words “100% whole grain” or “100% whole wheat” on the food label. Whole grains provide more nutrients, like fiber, than refined grains.

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