People Making a Difference!

People Making a Difference!

Published September 29, 2010

Last weekend I gave the keynote address for DC Family Wellness Day at The Boys & Girls Club in Southeast DC. I had the whole family out with me and we had an amazing time. Not only was there a puppet show about healthy eating for children, there was also yoga, Chi Kung and dance classes. What made this event really special was that the parents were not left out. Classes on healthy eating and exercise were well-received by parents. I met some fantastic people who gave time and money to make this event happen. You could really feel the love for the children and the community in the building.

I interviewed Dr. Yolandra Hancock, Associate Director of the Children's National Obesity Institute at The Children's National Medical Center. Yolandra is also Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University. Yolandra sees the effects of childhood obesity firsthand, so she stepped up and organized an event that got the children moving and the parents educated. She had some great tips to help you get started on your journey to health and wellness! Check out the interview:

I also had the honor of interviewing Dr. Khalid Randolph, VP of Programs and Outcomes for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Khalid made sure the message got out to the community and provided the venue for this event. Khalid also had some fantastic tips for parents. Khalid really walks the walk as he participates in 50-mile races on a regular basis! This man does a lot for the community! Check out his interview:

I wanted to give some recognition to some people who are really making a difference, but you don't have to be a doctor or a trainer to impact our youth in a positive way. Volunteer, get involved and mentor! Together we can get our youth healthy and competitive! These two inspired me so much and I hope they do the same for you!

Peace and Love,
Mark J

Written by Mark J


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