We’re teaming up with Blue Shield of California to celebrate local San Diego moms who have inspired us to seek healthy, balanced lives.  This week, meet Lisa Druxman, Founder of Stroller Strides.

A noted authority on pre/postnatal fitness, an acclaimed author and CEO Stroller Strides (not to mention one of NBC’s Favorite Moms in America), Lisa helps moms nationwide achieve their ultimate physical and emotional potential, while inspiring them and their kids to make fitness a part of their daily lives.

Red Tricycle: You’re part of a group of moms that are on a serious mission.  What’s yours?
Lisa Druxman:  Our mission at Stroller Strides is to make strides in fitness, motherhood and life.

RT:  Stroller Strides is a national phenomenon! What inspired you to first pursue this passion?
LD:  Becoming a mom gave me the inspiration to blend my passion for fitness with motherhood. I realized the opportunity that I could share with other moms to have a career that was supportive of motherhood, and to raise healthy kids in a healthy world.

RT: For many women, balancing fitness and family is a huge challenge.  How do you involve your kids?
LD:  My kids live the business with me. I do my best to model how to raise healthy kids in a healthy world through my own life. They not only inspired the business but have been a part of it. They are far from stroller age now but they still know the business is very much part of the fabric of our lives.

RT:  I’m sure that throughout the years, they’ve had some funny things to say about how “fit” your family is, right?
LD:  Yes!  Especially when they realized that living healthy is part of my business!  When I wanted to get healthy snacks for Halloween, my kids told me,  “Really, Mom? We don’t want to be THAT family!”

RT:  We’re inspired by your commitment to fitness and your business. For other moms wanting to do something like you, what advice would you give them?
LD:  I think you need to know WHY you want to start. For me, I knew I wanted a career that was supportive of motherhood. I created that for myself. But figure out your top priorities and then delegate the rest. If you try to be a full time entrepreneur and a full time mom, something will suffer.

Be Like Lisa!  Blue Shield of California’s Wellness Challenge:
Lisa lives and relishes the Stroller Strides mission statement every day, by helping moms make strides in fitness, motherhood and life—and you can do the same.  Try something as simple as a daily walk with your kids, swapping afterschool snacks from chips to apples, or forgoing your usual take-out Friday dinner.  Then encourage even just one friend to do the same for their family

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