Michelle Kwan: 'It takes six weeks to create a habit, a good habit or a bad habit'
Q: Is getting married good for your waist line or bad for your waist line?
“It had an affect on my husband. He lost 20 pounds. I’ve always cooked. I live near a grocery store. His eating habits have changed drastically.”
Q: As athlete, now as a diplomat on the President’s Fitness Council, how do you see the childhood obesity crisis?
“I think it’s astounding when you see 1 in 3 children are obese in the United States. I think we have to encourage parents and teachers to get moving. This morning, this afternoon you talked to Hunter. His story is very powerful. Athletes’ stories are very power. When I trained for the Olympics, I trained many, many hours. Morning, afternoon, evening. I ate healthy. I slept. I felt rich.”
“It takes six weeks to create a habit, a good habit or a bad habit,” Kwan notes about the President’s Fitness Challenge — a program encouraging children to exercise 60 minutes five times a week.
Q: How do athletes transition after training?
“From the moment I woke up, I thought about competing at the Olympics.” Kwan says that perseverance translates outside of sports into real life.
Q: When you were a kid, did you have any bad eating habits?
“I wasn’t born eating kale, I ate a lot of candy when I was competing. But I wasn’t performing well.”