Putting Kids on a Path to Health

SC Times | By Shelley Murphy

San Clemente resident launches a program aimed to combat childhood obesity and establish healthy lifestyles for area youth

In February 2012, San Clemente resident Cindi Juncal enrolled in So Cal Boot Camp’s three-month weight loss challenge. Juncal’s determination helped her win the competition that not only transformed her life, but also put her on a path to change the lives of many of the city’s youth.

“After experiencing firsthand how good health and exercise changed the way I felt and changed my interaction with others, it seemed like a natural transition to take my passion for fitness and health to kids. I love working with kids,” said Juncal, a married mother of two young adults, who earned her bachelor’s degree and special education certificate at the University of San Diego.

By late 2012, the energetic Juncal jumped from SCBC participant to fitness coach and created The Noble Path Foundation. Juncal and TNPF are dedicated to fighting childhood obesity by improving the health and fitness of youth through motivational education and exercise.

Juncal established TNPF after her extensive research revealed a lack of treatment and intervention plans for kids confronting weight issues.

“It’s so preventable,” Juncal said. “That’s what motivates me. I thought, ‘How do I affect change?’ I determined it’s through awareness.”
Young residents of the Mendocino Apartments get moving. Courtesy photo.

Young residents of the Mendocino Apartments get moving. Courtesy photo.

Her methodology for fighting the obesity epidemic unfolds in three phases. The first phase focuses primarily on awareness and education. Juncal leads seminars spotlighting nutrition.

“I want to tell as many kids as possible about the dangers of hidden sugars and processed foods,” she said. “If there were a news article that said something in our water is killing our kids there would be uproar. That’s exactly what’s happening with sugar. It is liquid poison.”

Educational seminars tackle nutrition topics and exciting exercise events promote fitness. Earlier this year Juncal hosted a family fun night at Talega’s Mendocino Apartments, and recently she and a group of San Clemente kids participated in both Irvine’s health and fitness Jamboree Day and its Run or Dye 5K race.

If the obesity epidemic continues, Juncal said, “Evidence suggests that today’s kids could likely be the first generation who won’t outlive their parents. It’s frightening.”

Next month, as Capistrano Unified School District schools prepare students to participate in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, at Vista del Mar Middle School, Principal Sandy McKinney along with physical education teachers will begin piloting Juncal’s nine-week challenge program. The event kicks off with day and evening nutrition assemblies to encourage parents and family members to participate along with their middle school students.

“Once a week, our certified SCBC trainers will conduct workouts, relays, conditioning and strength training during each physical education period,” said Juncal.

The positive approach of the challenge champions the progress of each physical education class and tracks gains in tests of endurance, strength and agility.

“Ideally, I’d love to have a program in every school and run a fun-spirited competition between the schools,” she said.

Phases two and three of Juncal’s plan include establishing independent locations for fitness training, nutritional counseling, after school programs and residential summer camps. TNPF, a nonprofit organization, also provides need-based full or partial scholarships.

“The goal is to ensure every child, regardless of race or income, has access to services to improve their lifestyle,” Juncal said. “I believe adopting a healthy lifestyle through exercise and sound nutrition can put one on the right path toward greater happiness and self-confidence.”

For more information, visit The Noble Path Foundation on Facebook.

2017-01-06T05:04:37+00:00February 28th, 2014|Media|

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    thenoblepathfoundation: "A huge HIGH5IVE 4FITNESS shoutout to all the winners of our battles this year: ESENCIA K-8, Battle of the Schools; DANA POINT CROSS FIT, Battle of the Gyms (Members); and KONVERSION FIT, Battle of the Gyms (Elite)!!! Congratulations to all our champions and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year!!! #healthykids #healthyworld #HIGH5IVE4FITNESS #TheNoblePathFoundation @joshua_kuluris @crossfitdanapoint @esenciahawks @jwellikson @benmedinaoc @taprilr 📸: @rosswhitaker"
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  • Each year at our HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS event, we honor the individual, school or business which best exemplifies our mission of creating "healthy kids for a healthy world". We are very pleased to announce that this year's recipient of the Mike Katke Inspiration Award went to the Orange County Academy of Sciences and Arts (OCASA)! _____________________________________________ As part of their annual semester long program on nutrition, OCASA has various speakers come and share their knowledge on food, nutrition and health. From restaurant owners to fitness professionals and plant-based chefs to child health advocates like Cindi, they speak on a number of topics, all related to the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices. _____________________________________________ OCASA also participates in the Harvest of the Month Nutrition Education Program through the Orange County Department of Education. It highlights fresh, seasonal, California fruits and vegetables and students not only get to taste each food...

    thenoblepathfoundation: "Each year at our HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS event, we honor the individual, school or business which best exemplifies our mission of creating "healthy kids for a healthy world". We are very pleased to announce that this year's recipient of the Mike Katke Inspiration Award went to the Orange County Academy of Sciences and Arts (OCASA)!
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As part of their annual semester long program on nutrition, OCASA has various speakers come and share their knowledge on food, nutrition and health. From restaurant owners to fitness professionals and plant-based chefs to child health advocates like Cindi, they speak on a number of topics, all related to the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices. 
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OCASA also participates in the Harvest of the Month Nutrition Education Program through the Orange County Department of Education. It highlights fresh, seasonal, California fruits and vegetables and students not only get to taste each food item, but also learn how and where it is grown. Their classroom curriculum covers topics such as the dangers of added sugars, education on cholesterol, how to make a healthy snacks, how farming affects animals, and many other important topics, while keeping the learning fun and informative. 
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In the area of arts, their music teacher John Schutza taught students three original songs on nutrition, produced a play called “Adventures of Nutrition” and did visual art games which included drawing still-lifes of healthy foods, writing poems and creating dances promoting better health. 
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We applaud OCASA’s wide-ranging and comprehensive approach to health and wellness for their students’ bodies and are pleased and honored to have presented this award to OCASA with principal Doreen Fioterro accepting on their behalf. 
_________________________________________________ 📸: Ross Whitaker 
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  • Leave it to @rosswhitaker to capture thru his lens what words cannot describe. This was one of the best moments of my day: a pause amidst the commotion and occasional chaos to remind me of why I love what I do. Huge thanks and gratitude to @jaclynkuluris and her athletes from Highest Potential Training for showing everyone in attendance that true grit, determination and a competitive spirit are intrinsic qualities, not physical ones. The 2019 HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS, featuring The Battles of the Gyms is now officially on the books. Thank you to everyone who volunteered, participated, competed and cheered. We couldn’t have done it without you and we’ll see y’all again next year!! Look for our epic photo album coming soon, with hundreds of amazing moments captured by world famous photographer, Ross Whitaker!!! Yasssssss... 📸 #HIGH5IVE4FITNESS #BattleoftheGyms #BattleoftheSchools #SportsChallenges #healthykids #healthyworld #forkdisease #realfoodforums #fitnessdays #TheNoblePathFoundation

    thenoblepathfoundation: "Leave it to @rosswhitaker to capture thru his lens what words cannot describe. This was one of the best moments of my day: a pause amidst the commotion and occasional chaos to remind me of why I love what I do.

Huge thanks and gratitude to @jaclynkuluris and her athletes from Highest Potential Training for showing everyone in attendance that true grit, determination and a competitive spirit are intrinsic qualities, not physical ones. 
The 2019 HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS, featuring The Battles of the Gyms is now officially on the books. Thank you to everyone who volunteered, participated, competed and cheered. We couldn’t have done it without you and we’ll see y’all again next year!! Look for our epic photo album coming soon, with hundreds of amazing moments captured by world famous photographer, Ross Whitaker!!! Yasssssss... 📸

#HIGH5IVE4FITNESS #BattleoftheGyms #BattleoftheSchools #SportsChallenges #healthykids #healthyworld #forkdisease #realfoodforums #fitnessdays #TheNoblePathFoundation"
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  • Please come join us and our wonderful group of TNPF volunteers this Saturday at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park! You can test out your sports skills and have a shot at winning $100! Watch some amazing competition during our Battle of the Schools and Battle of the Gyms! And don't forget to buy your raffle ticket(s) online if you can't make it. One $5 ticket can win you a 65" Samsung Premium Ultra 4K TV: https://thenoblepathfoundation.org/h54f/ #HIGH5IVE4FITNESS #BattleoftheGyms #BattleoftheSchools #SportsChallenges #healthykids #healthyworld #TheNoblePathFoundation

    thenoblepathfoundation: "Please come join us and our wonderful group of TNPF volunteers this Saturday at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park! You can test out your sports skills and have a shot at winning $100! Watch some amazing competition during our Battle of the Schools and Battle of the Gyms!

And don't forget to buy your raffle ticket(s) online if you can't make it. One $5 ticket can win you a 65" Samsung Premium Ultra 4K TV: https://thenoblepathfoundation.org/h54f/

#HIGH5IVE4FITNESS #BattleoftheGyms #BattleoftheSchools #SportsChallenges #healthykids #healthyworld #TheNoblePathFoundation"
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  • Please jump on over to our Fb page and check out our latest edition of HEALTHY HEROES, featuring MARK YANAURA! This guy spent the last 13 years training and mentoring middle school kids to run a marathon thru the group, Students Run L.A. “Mr. Y”, as he is affectionately known, is truly a caring, compassionate and remarkable man. We are honored and excited to highlight his efforts to improve the lives of our youth through fitness and adult mentoring. Thank you for all you do Mark. We love you!! P.S. Come cheer for Mr. Y and his teacher team from Vista Del Mar MS in our Battle of the Schools this Saturday at 10 am at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park! Hope to see you there!! #HIGH5IVE4FITNESS #BattleoftheSchools #BattleoftheGyms #SportsChallenges #funforthewholefam #healthyheroes

    thenoblepathfoundation: "Please jump on over to our Fb page and check out our latest edition of HEALTHY HEROES, featuring MARK YANAURA! This guy spent the last 13 years training and mentoring middle school kids to run a marathon thru the group, Students Run L.A. “Mr. Y”, as he is affectionately known, is truly a caring, compassionate and remarkable man. We are honored and excited to highlight his efforts to improve the lives of our youth through fitness and adult mentoring. Thank you for all you do Mark. We love you!! P.S. Come cheer for Mr. Y and his teacher team from Vista Del Mar MS in our Battle of the Schools this Saturday at 10 am at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park! Hope to see you there!! #HIGH5IVE4FITNESS #BattleoftheSchools #BattleoftheGyms #SportsChallenges #funforthewholefam #healthyheroes"
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  • Green might be our signature color here at The Noble Path Foundation, but today we'd like to share our love of ORANGE... 🧡🧡🧡 San Clemente's ORANGE THEORY has been on board with us from our first inaugural event in 2015 and has never let us down since. They are ALWAYS ready, willing and more than able to participate and lend their support for everything we do and we are so proud to have them as a partner in our quest to raise "healthy kids for a healthy world"! They will be taking the field once again for this year's BATTLE OF THE GYMS and it would mean so much to us if you could come and show them some LOVE this Saturday at our HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park! Oh, and in case you didn't notice from these pics, the one constant every year has been HEIDI SMITH. It would tickle us pink... er, ORANGE, if she and her team brought home the golden plate this year! Hope to see you there! Schedule of Events and General Info here: https://thenoblepathfoundation.org 📸: Ross Whitaker ...

    thenoblepathfoundation: "Green might be our signature color here at The Noble Path Foundation, but today we'd like to share our love of ORANGE... 🧡🧡🧡 San Clemente's ORANGE THEORY has been on board with us from our first inaugural event in 2015 and has never let us down since. They are ALWAYS ready, willing and more than able to participate and lend their support for everything we do and we are so proud to have them as a partner in our quest to raise "healthy kids for a healthy world"! They will be taking the field once again for this year's BATTLE OF THE GYMS and it would mean so much to us if you could come and show them some LOVE this Saturday at our HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park!

Oh, and in case you didn't notice from these pics, the one constant every year has been HEIDI SMITH. It would tickle us pink... er, ORANGE, if she and her team brought home the golden plate this year! Hope to see you there!

Schedule of Events and General Info here: https://thenoblepathfoundation.org 📸: Ross Whitaker 
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  • “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” - Agatha Christie HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the moms out there. Whether yours is near or far, in our present world or one beyond, the bond is never broken. A mother’s love endures forever... ❤️ #happymothersday #mamabearseverywhere #honoringourmoms

    thenoblepathfoundation: "“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” - Agatha Christie

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the moms out there. Whether yours is near or far, in our present world or one beyond, the bond is never broken. A mother’s love endures forever... ❤️ #happymothersday #mamabearseverywhere #honoringourmoms"
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  • Hey TNPF followers! Be sure to check out Cindi's article, FOOD: Public Enemy #1 or Secret Super Power? in this month's Special Edition of The San Clemente Journal's 100th Issue... on newsstands now! And hope to see you at our HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS event next Saturday, May 18th! _____________🥦_____________🥦 And don't forget you can buy raffle tickets online to win a 65" Premium 4K Ultra HD TV (no need to be present to win): https://thenoblepathfoundation.org/h54f/ _____________🥦_____________🥦 #sanclementejournal #thenoblepathfoundation #spreadawareness #sharethelove #healthykids #healthyworld #forkdisease #nourishtoflourish

    thenoblepathfoundation: "Hey TNPF followers! Be sure to check out Cindi's article, FOOD: Public Enemy #1 or Secret Super Power? in this month's Special Edition of The San Clemente Journal's 100th Issue... on newsstands now! And hope to see you at our HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS event next Saturday, May 18th! _____________🥦_____________🥦

And don't forget you can buy raffle tickets online to win a 65" Premium 4K Ultra HD TV (no need to be present to win): https://thenoblepathfoundation.org/h54f/ 
_____________🥦_____________🥦

#sanclementejournal #thenoblepathfoundation #spreadawareness #sharethelove #healthykids #healthyworld #forkdisease #nourishtoflourish"
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  • It’s hard to even begin to describe how excited we are to welcome HIGHEST POTENTIAL TRAINING to our HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS Battle of the Gyms this year, coming to you on Saturday, May 18th, from 9am - 2pm at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park Football Field. The heart and soul, brains and talent behind HPT is Jaclyn Kuluris, affectionally known as “Jax”. She believes the best course for maximizing abilities and independence involves individuality. Jax treats people and lives - not diseases, disorders, or injuries. Highest Potential Training has a goal of filling the gap in between physical therapy and personal training. Her athletes will participate alongside our other gym member teams with modifications designed by Jax to insure their safety while allowing them to experience the thrill of competition and demonstrate their strength, motivation and tenacity. It’s a battle sure to win the hearts and support of all those lucky enough to witness it and we hope you will come out to cheer them on! For more inf...

    thenoblepathfoundation: "It’s hard to even begin to describe how excited we are to welcome HIGHEST POTENTIAL TRAINING to our HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS Battle of the Gyms this year, coming to you on Saturday, May 18th, from 9am - 2pm at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park Football Field.

The heart and soul, brains and talent behind HPT is Jaclyn Kuluris, affectionally known as “Jax”. She believes the best course for maximizing abilities and independence involves individuality. Jax treats people and lives - not diseases, disorders, or injuries. Highest Potential Training has a goal of filling the gap in between physical therapy and personal training. Her athletes will participate alongside our other gym member teams with modifications designed by Jax to insure  their safety while allowing them to experience the thrill of competition and demonstrate their strength, motivation and tenacity. It’s a battle sure to win the hearts and support of all those lucky enough to witness it and we hope you will come out to cheer them on! 
For more information about Jax and HIGHEST POTENTIAL TRAINING, please visit: https://www.highestpotentialtraining.org

For general info on the 5th Annual HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS Schedule of Events, Battle of the Schools, Battle of the Gyms, Sports Challenges, and to purchase online raffle tickets, please visit: https://thenoblepathfoundation.org/h54f/

SEE YOU THERE!!! #HIGH5IVE4FITNESS #BattleoftheGyms #BattleoftheSchools #SportsChallenges"
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  • Doctors prescribing medication to treat the symptoms while ignoring the cause is like a plumber giving you a mop to sop up the water overflowing from a clogged drain without fixing what’s blocking it. We need to stop digging our graves with our own knives and forks... #forkdisease #preventionvspills #healthcarenotsickcare #nourishtoflourish #healthykids #healthyworld

    thenoblepathfoundation: "Doctors prescribing medication to treat the symptoms while ignoring the cause is like a plumber giving you a mop to sop up the water overflowing from a clogged drain without fixing what’s blocking it. We need to stop digging our graves with our own knives and forks... #forkdisease #preventionvspills #healthcarenotsickcare #nourishtoflourish #healthykids #healthyworld"
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