Erin MacLean is from Walpole, NH and became a Champion on June 8th, 2014 when she made the pledge to live, share, model and inspire the Healthy Monadnock 2020initiative. Erin is the Operations Manager at the Keene Swamp Bats, a local NECBL Baseball team in Keene, NH.
Erin became a Champion recently, but has lived a champion like lifestyle for many years. “I became a Champion because I want to live a happier, healthier life, and set a good example for those that I care about, hopefully influencing them to live a healthier, happier life as well”, says Erin.
In her own life, Erin says she “tries to work out five days a week, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and stay away from processed foods, as well as sugary foods and drinks.” She also carries that passion for health and wellness into her work as the new Operations Manager for Organizational Champion, Keene Swamp Bats this summer. “I make sure we have healthy options for Swamp Bats fans to eat during our games, such as our delicious veggie and chicken burgers, salads, and almonds for those who want a little snack!” The fun doesn’t stop there either! Erin also has worked hard to be able to provide “batter up boxes” filled with delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or salads, with tasty sides of fruit gummies, carrot sticks, apples, and of course, water for our young Swamp Bat fans to enjoy.”
Erin has also carried this Champion energy from the snack bar to the field. Erin shares that Ribby (HM2020 500th Champion) also pulls his weight in trying to make the community a healthier place. “At the bottom of the 3rd inning at every home game, Ribby goes out on the field for a “Champion instant recess movement break” with the Swamp Bat interns. During this time, Ribby and his friends get up and do a dance encouraging all the fans to stand up and join them in moving around, because even a few extra minutes a day makes a difference!”, says Erin.
Clearly from Erin’s personal passion for health and wellness and through her efforts at the Swamp Bats games this summer, she sees great value in the Champions program. “I see the Champions Program convincing and helping people in our community to make better choices when it comes to eating and exercise habits, to the point where being healthy becomes a comfortable lifestyle for everyone”, says Erin. “It’s all about helping our fellow community members make better eating choices, find fun and exciting ways to exercise, and all together gain a healthy way of living mindset. And we will be the healthiest community in the nation by 2020!”
She and Ribby also would like to invite all of the Swamp Bat fans, co-workers, friends, and families to become Healthy Monadnock Champions, too!