Making the switch to a more natural, healthy lifestyle can seem intimidating. Sara Snow wants to help make the transition a bit easier for you.
In this week's episode of AH Radio:
- Truth in food labeling.
- Air quality in your home.
- Alternatives to manufactured cleaning products.
- Making changes in your diet—effectively and rationally.
Sara has been called “first generation organic”, and “green living’s real deal” and it’s easy to see why. Raised in the countryside outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, surrounded by organic gardens, solar panels and compost heaps, Sara enjoyed the benefits of one of the most fresh-oriented areas in the country and a family with a propensity toward and infectious passion for eco living.
Sara's parents were pioneers as the natural foods movement was just beginning. They studied macrobiotics, started a natural foods deli and made the decision to move their family from the city to live off the land in a cleaner environment. While other youngsters were chasing down their Sugar Smacks with cow's milk, Sara was sipping soymilk, munching on carob bars and dining on brown rice balls with nori (seaweed). Sara played in organic cotton t-shirts, washed her hair with natural jojoba shampoos and, at first sign of a rash or a sniffle, was treated with herbs and natural medicine. From her first years, Sara was schooled in the way of organic foods and natural living and her dad, Tim Redmond, lead by example, co-founding some of the heaviest hitters in the world of organics; Eden Foods, American Soy Products, and Blue Horizon Organic Seafood Co.
Snow continued to study natural living as an adult and was fortunate to see health as a constant companion. She began work in television and quickly gained some success, earning two national Emmy Awards as a producer for national cable documentaries; then going on to become an award winning news reporter and anchor. But after three years of working on an early morning news program, Snow’s health began to take a nosedive. With the stress and lack of sleep inherent in her role on daily news, her natural foods and healthy home environment were suddenly not enough. So Snow stepped back, spent some meditative and rejuvenative time with her husband, Ryan, and their dog Makana, and went back to her roots, creating the concept for a TV series with practical advice on living green.
Sara soon became creator and host of the Discovery Home primetime series, Living Fresh, cited in the media as the “first green television program in the country.” She followed that up with a fresher, hipper series, Get Fresh with Sara Snow, for Discovery Health. Millions of viewers have tuned in week after week for both series as they aired across multiple networks in the Discovery Networks family. With much anticipation, Sara’s first book, Sara Snow’s Fresh Living; The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home, will release in the Spring of 2009. It is already being heralded as “A fabulous book…practical, affirming and fresh” and “A must read for every family searching for a greener footprint.”
Each week Snow speaks to millions more through her featured segment Living Green on CNN.com LIVE, her regular column Green Eyes On on the environmental site Treehugger.com, through her own blog and as a featured speaker at events across the country, speaking on topics from the science behind organics, sustainable messaging for green businesses, to the simple steps everyday people can take to live a greener, healthier life. Sara and her work have been highlighted in publications including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, FoxNews.com, Harper’s Bazaar, Health, Woman’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens, Lucky, and Natural Health magazines.
Sara is a member of the Board of Directors for The Organic Center and on the Board of Advisors for Discovery’s newest 24-hour green lifestyle network, Planet Green.
Today Sara is living proof that green has gone mainstream. In recent years, sales of natural and organic products has become a multi-billion dollar industry, with more than half of all U.S. consumers buying organic products at least occasionally. Snow was and still is its cheerleader, and she’s waving the flag of green living for all to see.
Host: Marty Flanagan
Guest: Sara Snow - Natural living evangelist.
Producer: Trevis Carletta
Booking: Tara Dosh
9/14/2011 at 9:30 AM