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The 365 FILES

The Author's Welcome!



Welcome to Idea4Idea and the Olymp-i-a Challenge! 

Photo: Lesa R. Walker, MD, MPH


As the author and administrator of this website, I invite you to embark on a journey of positive discovery.  I believe in the power of practice to generate positive change. Each of us has the ability to improve our own lives (our happiness, compassion, empathy, strength, energy, resilience, well-being) and improve the world when we practice positive steps to strengthen peace, green-living, and health in our everyday lives.  


My background:  I have worked as a physician in the field of public health and preventive medicine for over 30 years (MD, Baylor College of Medicine; MPH, University of Texas School of Public Health; Preventive Medicine & Public Health residency, University of Michigan; board-certification- General Preventive Medicine & Public Health; and, clinical work, Pediatrics).  I have worked for over 25 years in public health service systems for children and youth with disabilities.   As a wife and mother, I am passionate about family and I love children.  My interests and pursuits in life are diverse (4th Degree Black Belt in Kung Fu; volunteer service in Ghana and Kenya; animal conservation; art; poetry; film). 

I believe that health and well-being thrive in the practice of compassion, empathy, and life skills in peace, green-living, and health. The evidence-based research in neuroscience, positive psychology, and health supports this premise.   

I have developed the "Olymp-i-a Challenge" as a fun and simple way to engage in and strengthen this practice.  In an effort to "walk my talk," I do the "Olymp-i-a Challenge" myself.  For 2 years I posted my daily journey on Facebook.  I have recorded these 2 years of daily positive ideas and actions for peace, green-living, and health in the "365" files.

The daily practice has changed my life awareness and habits and continues to do so.  I learn about new things, discover new people and places, and have wonderful adventures. Most of all, I live life with intention and purpose and increase my overall sense of well-being and happiness.  As part of the practice, I have adopted habits that not only help me but also help others and the Earth.  I witness a ripple-effect cycle of positive change both from me to others and from others back to me.  

Since it is best to establish positive habits early in life, I am passionate about engaging children and youth in this practice in order to maximize their own well-being and success and to help create a better world.  I have developed "Olymp-i-a Challenge" models for schools and classrooms, camps and clubs, child care settings, libraries, Special Olympics, Scouts, and other groups.  Also, check out the Olymp-i-a Challenge publications.

Now, onward!    I hope this website helps you join in the journey.  Use the resources to inspire your own daily practice and to help you engage children and youth. Together, we can make a positive difference.

I welcome your feedback.  

Let us know how you are doing! 


Lesa R. Walker, MD, MPH 



© 2013 LRWalker  


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit." Aristotle