LightFull Lady–Judy Slack

Judy Slack photoNow that we’re in the full-swing of the back-to-school season, we thought it would be the perfect time to profile LightFull Lady Judy Slack.  It was during her time as a high school art teacher that she was inspired to write “Crunching Carrots, Not Candy,” a fun nutritional book for kids that was named as one of the Top 100 books by the National Education Association.

Q. Tell us about your career and how you got to where you are.

A:  My career in writing came by accident while working in the public school setting as an art educator where  I was exposed to the terrible eating habits of the students on a daily basis.   I watched them consume sugar, salt and fats in large amounts while their weight continued to grow.  The majority of food that the students were consuming was provided to them through the school cafeteria, snack bar and vending machines on campus.  I just could not get this out of my head! This generation of children will not out live their parents in age if they continue on the path that they are taking - they need someone to make a difference in their lives. That is how I got started writing nutritional picture books for kids!

Q. Tell us about your family life.

A:  I have two adult sons and two grandchildren that are intertwined in my daily life of home and work. My activities, family and work all seem to mesh together. At this point my writing, research and the marketing of my book are my priorities because health and nutrition are so important for a quality life…a message that I would like to convey to my family by example and daily involvement.

Q. Do you have any tips or tricks that you can share to help fellow busy women stay in balance? 

A:  Organization is my best friend when I want to stay balanced, focused, and productive. Making a list the night before I hit the sack for that 8 hours of rest and recovery saves me time the next morning and allows me to rest peacefully. It is amazing how much I can accomplish! I also make a conscious effort to wake up with a positive attitude that the day is going to be great so when challenges arise, I am ready to meet them head on.

Q. What are your goals for the future?

A:  My goal for the future is to keep writing nutritional books for kids, parents and teachers.  Health is so important - without it…there is nothing else to be had.