A sunny window

Retail Associate Ellen Schlie is well known in her Columbia, MO, community for being a friendly face behind the window.

She found out just how well known when a customer posted a shoutout on social media describing Schlie’s kind assistance on a distressing day.

Nearly 200 Facebook “amens!” followed, inspiring a local television news reporter to make Schlie the focus of a feature last month.

Schlie, who has been with the Postal Service for more than 30 years, told the reporter, “I truly love the front window. I’ve had students that have gone all the way through school, gotten married, come back and introduced me to their children.”

The original poster, Shamon Williams, told the reporter that “I came in with a bit of distress” on the day in question and that Schlie had “this calm about her. She has this patience.”

When Williams left the Post Office with “a genuine smile,” she felt that such kindness should not go unacknowledged and decided to post her praise.

The responses came flooding in:

“I knew immediately, by your description, that you were talking about Ellen. I’ve never seen her in a bad mood.”

“I know which lady you are talking about. She really does make a difference in your day!”

“I actually step back and let others go first so I can wait for Ellen!”

Schlie was touched but modest about her uplifting effect on others. “It’s the one thing I can do that doesn’t really cost and I also found out that frowning uses more muscles than smiling,” she said.

“I’m really lazy. So, I smile all the time. I bet I smile in my sleep!” she said with — yes — a smile.

Move more, sit less

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, a time to learn about living a healthier life through increased physical activity.

Physical activity is one the best things people can do to better their health. Active people generally live longer and are at less risk for serious health problems.

About half of American adults live with at least one preventable chronic disease, statistics show.

Seven of the 10 most common chronic diseases can be helped with regular physical activity, yet almost 80 percent of adults don’t move enough.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity aerobic activity for adults, with two or more days a week of muscle-strengthening activities.

Older adults should also add balance training to help prevent falls.

Children ages 6-17 years should get at least 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a day.

Here are some ideas to stay active:

• Make family time active with a game or sport.
• Go outside for a walk or ride a bike. Mow the lawn, garden or catch up on household chores.
• Take breaks to move and stretch at regular intervals.

Remember to move more and sit less throughout the day. Some physical activity is better than none.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Health and Human Services websites and USPS Wellness LiteBlue page have additional information.

This information does not constitute medical advice. Individuals should consult a health care professional.