Spotlight On: Joe and Jeannie Kopasky

June 10, 2013


Joe and Jeannie Kopasky

UNH Grandparents

What does health mean to you?: It means love and respect for your spirituality, your body and mind.

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: We attend games and encourage our grandchildren with their UNH sports. Grandpie Joe has attended all of his grandson lacrosse practices and games. While watching lacrosse, Joe got his exercise by walking around the perimeter of the Wit field. He has even counted 50 steps around the field!

How do you stay fit?: We make caring for our health a priority. We work out every other day at the gym, and spend most of our time outdoors. We kayak, hike, bike, ski, fly fish. We share our love and passion for nature, outdoor activities and the National Parks with our grand-kids. Now that we are aging, we enjoy our motor home, traveling to South Carolina and the Florida Keys. We often invite family and friends to come share it with us. Staying active is key!

Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: We buy healthy food like fruit and vegetables, drink water, energy drinks and take vitamins. We regularly eat fish, chicken and very limited red meat. When we are in our motor home, we don’t buy any junk food.

How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: Positive thinking, prayer, the goal to be pain-free enables us to be healthy. The goal is to be able to perform activities…to be active in a variety of ways, to enjoy each other, family and friends. Our faith tells us as humans to respect nature and ourselves to the fullest, so that is our biggest motivation.

Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: No stress, no stress, no stress! Have healthy boundaries. Seek truth in all things and act on it. Learn and work at good communication skills with others. Our goal is to be a blessing. Our purpose is to make a difference.

Anything else you would like to add?: We recommend setting five and ten year goals. We retired early (age 51). Our goal was (1) to run a bed & breakfast, (2) raise golden retrievers, (3) do organic gardening (blueberries and vegetables), (4) to spend time with our grandchildren and (5) be active in caring ministries (Stephen Ministry). We took our grand-kids on mission trips to Bolivia and Austria to build schools, to give back. You only have one life to live and it’s a gift. Developing cancer was a wake-up call to LIVE WELL, LAUGH OFTEN AND LOVE MUCH! And grandpie Joe adds, "It’s important to be safe in all circumstances."

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