“Being on Welfare was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
After ten years of spousal abuse, financial, mental, and emotional hardship, I swallowed her pride to take care of my very young sons and applied for Welfare … a word and a program that had never entered my vocabulary growing up in an upper-middle class family.
But this “opportunity” allowed me to see the flaws in the system when it came to childhood obesity, healthy habits, nutrition and exercise for the underprivileged. So in 2009, I enrolled at Kaplan University in their Health & Wellness program to major in Nutrition. My plan was to make a REAL difference.
I knew that engaging + educating these at risk kids (and their parents) was essential to the wellbeing of an entire population. Luckily, my schooling taught how to develop a community outreach program. But the project didn’t end when the class was over, it was just the beginning of a hard-fought goal to change the lives of low-income + at-risk families, permanently.
Fit2beKids is now a thriving non-profit that encourages long-term health and educates about the dangers of sedentary lifestyles, using the great outdoors as a catalyst for change.
--Shae T. Gawlak
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