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AppleTree Educational Center Nominates Pecherski Family for State Award

The Top Healthy Families in New Mexico were recognized and honored at the Third Annual 2014 New Mexico Healthy Family Award Banquet on Monday, Nov. 17.

When measuring family outcomes, New Mexico is often on the bottom of the lists. The New Mexico Coalition for Healthy Families celebrates the “good” of New Mexico by identifying families who exhibit and model the positive traits of a healthy family.

Twenty-six nominated healthy families and their guests were invited to the Healthy Family Award Banquet. Over 250 people enjoyed the turkey and trimmings dinner followed by the awards presentation.

Research identifies six key elements of healthy families: Nurturing Relationships, Stability and Consistency, Adapting to Challenges, Commitment and Faithfulness, and Spiritual Well-Being.

The top three winners of the 2014 Healthy Family Awards were: Tim and Jennifer Lewis from Rio Rancho, James and Amy Pecherski from Truth and Consequences, and Tim and Des Tyler from Bernalillo. The Pecherskis were nominated by AppleTree Educational Center’s “Little Things Matter” home visiting program. After the plaques were awarded, each family shared their ideas with the audience. Tim and Jennifer Lewis spoke about their covenant marriage, James and Amy Pecherski spoke on resiliency, and Tim and Des Tyler spoke about the importance of prioritizing one’s marriage.

The New Mexico Coalition for Healthy Families’ mission is to improve the well-being of New Mexico’s children by supporting, expanding and coordinating programs that strengthen healthy family relationships. Their website is www.NMCHF.org.

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