Laura Miller - Food for Thought


Like most 8-year-olds, Laura Miller had a dream. Some kids dream of making the last shot in the NBA Finals at the buzzer or being an astronaut on the way to the moon and beyond, but hers involved pirouettes and gracefully floating across the stage with the ease of butterfly. This dream came to an abrupt halt when a dance instructor told her that being a ballerina wasn’t in her future, and in so many words, that she was too fat for ballet.

“It really crushed me,” says Miller. “It had a huge impact on my self-image and my self-confidence. I don’t think it’s anything that any kid should have to go through.”

Years later, when David Wilson formed the Children’s Body-Image Foundation in Columbus, an organization dedicated to creating self-esteem for children who have health issues, it seemed like the perfect place for her to help. Now the executive director for CBIF, Miller helps children who might be burn victims or have prosthetics realize the self-confidence and courage to pursue their dreams.

“With some of the health issues that I had growing up and my issues I had with my own body image,” says Miller, “I thought that I could understand and help children deal with some of what I went through a little better.”

Miller also became involved in nutrition after years of being misdiagnosed as hypoglycemic by doctors only to find out that she had an allergy to gluten. It made her take a much closer look at the nutritional contents of everything she was buying for herself and her son, and made her realize most things marketed to children are unhealthy.

Once Miller improved her eating habits and started analyzing the nutrition facts for every item, her son began following her lead and doing the same. This lead to her creating Follow Me! Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids, a group to educate parents and children on better, healthier eating habits. The group has been putting on events across the state with tremendous success.

“I think there is a lack of education out there on what is nutritious, and it becomes harder to see through the marketing and convenience of foods that are not good for you,” says Miller.

Once Miller improved her eating habits and started analyzing the nutrition facts for every item, her son began following her lead and doing the same. This lead to her creating Follow Me! Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids, a group to educate parents and children on better, healthier eating habits. The group has been putting on events across the state with tremendous success.

“I think there is a lack of education out there on what is nutritious, and it becomes harder to see through the marketing and convenience of foods that are not good for you,” says Miller.