Were you aware of a local non-profit organization that…..
- Educates students and parents about proper nutrition and the importance of physical activity?
- Guides youth in becoming more active and making fitness an enjoyable part of their life style?
- Gets the whole family involved in improving their healthy lifestyles by offering educational workshops and discounted fitness programs?
Not knowing much about this organization called The Noble Path Foundation, I was able to catch up with Jennifer Johnson, Event Coordinator for “TNPF” to get some guidance or tips on how to NOT gain back my Freshman 15 during the holidays…..
Best Koast: The Holidays are around the corner – Do you have any suggestions on how to NOT gain that extra 5 lbs between now and the new year due to unavoidable over-indulging?
JJ: Over the last couple of years, I’ve heard “Summer bodies are made in the winter.” This is so true. You can’t crash diet to take off extra pounds and expect them to stay off, or for your body not to feel the longer-term repercussions of that. So personally, I like to have many veggies and salads around for the holidays. This doesn’t mean that I don’t indulge in treats over the holiday season. It just means that I balance those treats with many other good choices. Don’t be afraid to be that person that brings something healthy to a potluck or gathering. Show others that healthy food can be tasty and amazing!
BK: I’m sure you have witnessed from your experience with TNPF the many benefits for adults & kids (and their families) that get and STAY active. Any suggestions on getting moving and STAYING active in our Beach Community?
JJ: At The Noble Path Foundation, we advocate being active as a family. There are so many things you can do right at home or at a local park or school. You don’t need to be a member of a gym, etc. to exercise as a family. I know that on the weekends, we ride our bikes together, take the dog down to the beach for a walk, and go play games on the sand. Even doing little exercises when you wake up or before going to sleep, you’ll be surprised how the kids will want to join in. I love watching my kids attempt burpees, plank and push-ups! They’re so impressionable at this young age, and I always want my kids’ impression of me to be that mommy eats healthy, is active and takes care of herself! Because they now know at ages 7 and 5, that they are doing the same things and making the same good choices for their health. It’s a great thing to pass on to your children.
BK: Can you tell us more about the Noble Path Foundation and the mission or goal of this organization?
JJ: The mission of The Noble Path Foundation is to help change the world by changing the diet and lifestyle habits of our youth, since their health is what determines our future. Due to our current love affair with sugar and highly processed foods, we now have an epidemic of obese 6-month old infants and are treating young adults for diseases that once used to afflict only the elderly, making this the first generation of kids who are not expected to outlive their parents. In the United States alone, every 10 seconds someone dies from a diabetes-related death and with the proliferation of the Industrialized Global Diet, we currently have a real-life global crisis, where we have seen the number of people worldwide with diabetes increase over 700% during the last 25-30 years.
The goal of The Noble Path Foundation is to stem this tide of degradation and to promote the healthy benefits of eating REAL food because the good news is that this downward spiral in not only preventable, it is also reversible. In conjunction with awareness, we also hope to provide outstanding fitness programs and opportunities that can spawn a lifetime addiction to movement, exercise, and flexibility. By creating generations of healthy kids, we provide hope for a healthy world.
BK: We are excited to learn more and share what we know with all of you about this great organization in our community. (Now excuse me while I head to the kitchen to whip up the buffalo cauliflower bites she shared with me earlier!)
To learn more about the Noble Path Foundation – please visit their website and ‘like’ or ‘follow’ them on their Social Media Outlets. We sure hope TNPF will share more fitness and recipe tips with Best Koast in the future!
Facebook @ www.facebook.com/TheNoblePathFoundation/
Jennifer Johnson is the event coordinator at the Noble Foundation here in San Clemente. For the past 3 years, she has led her team in successfully organizing and putting on a great event which many of you have heard of known as the High 5 4Fitness. This event is held at San Clemente High School each year in May and encourages the whole family (and city!) to come out for a fun filled day of fitness. The Noble Path Foundation recently just sponsored COA’s (Community Outreach Alliance) charity golf tournament at Bella Collina and planning efforts are underway for next year’s High 5 4Fitness event. More to come on that and other school fitness programs held at our local schools!