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In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents, with the prevalence highest amongst low-income Hispanic families. Although this startling statistic is a “known”, the degree in which communities are able to make an impact in changing these behaviors, as well as providing ample resources for change, is little to none. Knowing this, founder and CEO Shae Gawlak of Fit2beKids, knew there had to be a change. After ten years of spousal abuse, financial, mental, and emotional hardship, Shae became part of the “system”, where in which she saw first hand the desperation in these mother’s eyes, the lack of nutrition education and physical activity in these children’s lives, and the struggle on a daily basis for these families to simply put a wholesome meal on the table. Without knowing why or how, Shae opened up her ears and her heart to her calling - a calling to make a change in the lives of these families who so desperately needed her. But this calling wasn’t typical. It wasn’t to create another “after school program”, or to start up a recreation league where there would be fees and dues. This calling was to provide something for the entire family. To provide a place where children would be engaged in physical activity, while their parents were educated about nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To provide a safe haven for children who experienced mental, emotional, and physical abuse. To provide acceptance for children with special needs. To provide an opportunity for children to learn organized sport without paying a dime. To provide an environment where there is constant support, where there is constant engagement, but most importantly, where there is constant love.
Fit2beKids is an organization that changed our life for the better. Some of you may be aware of the challenges Mason, our 10 year old son, has faced on-a-daily basis. They're not insurmountable, but greater than those faced by most kids his age. We knew those challenges, but we couldn't get medical professionals to listen. We were turned away from services that could have greatly benefited Mason early on. By the time he was five, we were asked why we didn't seek early intervention for him, which was just maddening. He was shutout from receiving County services and we were told he'd only be able to receive assistance from the school once he entered kindergarten or if we went through our insurance, which wanted to fight us on the issue.
I lucked into Shae Gawlak and got hooked up with F2BK, and our lives haven't been the same. Shae and William Cook (Bill) took Mason under their wings and began the process of transforming him. We've been participating now for four and a half years. We've been given the courage to broaden Mason's opportunities (he's playing baseball and football now). This is a great non-profit program run by two of the best people I've been lucky enough to know for several years now. Please feel free to share so we can keep this program funded for all the kids who so greatly benefit from the services provide.
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