Derrell Jackson was on hand Sept. 27 during a celebration at Rochester’s Cobb’s Hill Park highlighting local efforts to combat infant mortality.
A part of those efforts is educating families about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and, to that end, Jackson was at the event on behalf of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and its Be A Healthy Hero program. He was teaching moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas and pretty much anyone in his general vicinity how they could be more active and eat healthier and how doing this could benefit them and their loved ones. And he was doing it with an infectious enthusiasm.
It’s not easy to get strangers on board with a new regimen of diet and exercise, but Jackson was clearly the right man for the job. He was using his smile and his positive energy to get people to pay attention to his message, even if just for a few minutes. And a few minutes might be all it takes for people to see that they’re capable of taking the first small steps toward leading healthier lifestyles.