Healthy Shout Out: The Incredible Ellie Cook-Venezia

Categories: Community Engagement

Name:  Ellie Cook-Venezia

Job: Senior Brand Strategist ► Robust Profile Writer ❇ WorkReadyNH Goodwill Ambassador ❇ Foodie ❇ Social Media Butterfly.

What song do you sing in the shower? LOL!  Despite dancing AND singing in school productions and attending drama class for two summers, if you heard me sing you would vehemently insist I keep my day job!  Today, I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.  However, I actually sing songs in the shower according to the season.  Who doesn’t enjoy a classic holiday song?!  Being an enthusiastic and positive person my fallback is always, in full unadulterated Soprano, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from the film “Oklahoma”.  Give a listen and join me in rousing chorus.

Everything in moderation…. What was your last guilty pleasure? The last weekend in July my husband, Ed, and I hosted a Scratch ‘n Sniff party. 

Ellie's Awesome Party Invitation
Ellie’s Awesome Party Invitation

The premise was each attendee brought 5 each New Hampshire Lottery scratch tickets to be pooled together as “collective wins” and a dish to share.  Hence, the scratch (lottery tickets) and sniff (the dishes to share).  Needless to say it was a great afternoon into the late evening event filled with (yes, winning scratch tickets), frivolity and wonderful food and beverages.  I had great fun creating the invitation as well.  Take a peek at part of it!

Best things to eat for breakfast? Hands down no more than 8 ounces of low fat, Greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons of uncooked oat bran and Korintje Indonesian Ground Cinnamon from Penzey’s!  If I’m having house guests, I make the crustless spinach quiche which was served at one of the HM2020 Champion events.  Everyone loves it, hot or cold, and it’s great with salsa, too.   (Perhaps it’s time to republish that recipe?)

Imagine it’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Where are you and what are you up to? This will be dependent on the season.  The majority of the time it is spent practicing “Ed and Ellie time” by making weekend day trips together.  We also love to conduct “R & D” on new recipes by cutting fat, salt or sugar content for optimal outcome in flavor and texture while remaining as healthy as possible.

Feelings on breastfeeding? As the mother of 2 children, both of whom I “nursed”, I wish more people looked at the natural and healthy aspects for both the mother and child.  I applaud New Hampshire for being “progressive” through their legislation!

What Healthy Monadnock project are you most excited about? Yippy, skippy – that would be the Healthy Monadnock 2020 ReThink realistic scenario model for testing large-scale improvement strategies against health outcomes and cost projections for the Monadnock Region!  Our own area, real numbers, to be plugged into a model for possible best outcomes.  I am thrilled to be an aspiring “legacy keeper” of our model.

Why should your friends reading this “like” the HM page? What’s not to like?  Seriously, here’s an opportunity to be a part of creating healthcare history in your own backyard, learn about other people with their health struggles and positive outcomes, participate and engage as a citizen, learn health tips you can easily institute along with family and friends, and celebrate the strides we have made shared through evidence-based information as we track our community progress.  Be a Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champion, like the Facebook page, and help take it viral.  And that may be one of the only times you will read “healthy” and “viral” together in a positive context!

What’s your next healthiest step? I am in week 9 of 12 on a 12-Week Guide to Healthy Walking.  I actually wrote about it and it is entitled, “Where the Hell Are You?!”  Spoiler alert – I have lost weight simply by walking.  At the end of 12 weeks I plan to slightly modify my diet to see what, and if, it will have any impact to weight loss and general overall feelings of health.  Stay tuned, film at eleven!  I’ll meet you on the other side of success!