Turning the Tide on Childhood Obesity

//Turning the Tide on Childhood Obesity

Turning the Tide on Childhood Obesity

San Clemente Journal

Cindi Juncal enrolled in So Cal Boot Camp’s three month fitness challenge in February 2012 and came out a winner—and, surprisingly, so did the youth of San Clemente.

“If a fitness challenge can be life-changing to someone like me who is over 50, think of the endless possibilities given to a child, teen or young adult with their whole lives ahead of them?” Juncal thought.

By late 2012 Juncal’s passion for fitness led her to leap from SCBC participant to fitness coach and founder of The Noble Path Foundation, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to turning the tide on childhood obesity through nutritional awareness and physical fitness.

“I want to share how adopting a healthy lifestyle can put anyone on the right path towards greater happiness and self-confidence,” said Juncal, who has a special education degree from the University of San Diego and a long history of child advocacy.

“My goal is to educate as many young people, and their parents, on how their food choices affect their potential health problems in the future – diet and nutrition are crucial steps in stopping the obesity epidemic,” said Juncal.

In her nutrition seminars Juncal reveals startling statistics on the rising obesity rate. If the upsurge continues she said, “This generation of kids will be the first in the history of our culture not to outlive their parents.”

In the 1970s the FDA recommended reducing fat consumption to 30% and sugar consumption skyrocketed; the global population saw a 727% increase in diabetes in from 1985 to 2010. “The only ingredient that correlates with the increase in diabetes is sugar,” she says.

Sugar regulates the same receptors in reward centers as other chemical addictions; therefore, to satisfy sugar cravings it’s necessary to ingest more and more sugar to achieve the same pleasure.

“This is the definition of addiction. And we’ll be dooming our children to this sugar addiction if we don’t do something to stop it,” said Juncal. “I devour literature on this topic, and the more I learn I get infuriated with the food industry—they know what they’re doing. It’s like poisoning; people are dying because of the food they’re eating.”

Juncal’s extensive research and steadfast dedication to assist adolescents inspired her to create a goal oriented 9-week challenge combining physical activity and nutritional education. “It’s a one-of-a-kind program never before offered,” she said.

Juncal met with Vista Del Mar Middle School (VDMMS) Principal Sandra McKinney and Physical Education teachers Mark Yanaura, Sandy Tenney, and Sam Shepherd to discuss implementing her program.

Principal McKinney said, “We’ll incorporate this program into our Physical Education classes one day a week for nine weeks. VDMMS is committed to ensuring that our students are educated on sound nutrition and healthy lifestyles.”

P.E. teacher at VDMMS for eight years, Yanaura said, “Our P.E. department believes that proper exercise and nutrition is a necessity not a luxury.”

Juncal recruited Samantha Johnson, So Cal Boot Camp Personal Trainer & Nobel Path Foundation Training Director and Youth Sports Specialist to join the team. Johnson said she jumped at the opportunity, “I want to educate kids at a young age and get them excited so hopefully they continue it for years to come.”

Yanaura agreed, “We believe this program will not only increase the quantity of life, but more importantly the quality of life.”

Johnson said the program’s both fun and functional, “We’re going to introduce students to a wide variety of activites and each week we’ll be covering something different. The entire program’s injury prevention based, as well.”

Yanaura hopes the pilot program both enhances programs already in place and motivates students to reach standardized curricular objectives. One objective is preparing students for the annual Presidential Youth Fitness Program.

“We’re looking at different assessments, one being improvement in the Presidential Fitness test score; including endurance, flexibility, upper body strength, agility, and abdominal strength,” said Yanaura. In addition, students will write a reflective assessment of their experience.

While the 9-week program encourages students, parent involvement plays a key role in student success.

“So Cal Boot Camp is offering parents a discounted membership rate so they can workout at the same time as their kids and be doing something together,” said Johnson.

“We believe parents will be as excited as we are knowing students are being motivated and educated about a healthy life style,” said Yanaura.

Ultimately both The Noble Path Foundation and VDMMS share similar goals. “We all hope the kids see that getting involved with sports and becoming more active makes them feel better about themselves and they’ll want to incorporate exercise into their everyday activity as a lifestyle,” said Johnson.

At the conclusion of the 9-week program Principal McKinney said, “We’ll evaluate the results with staff, students and parents and based on this feedback we’ll discuss options for next school year.”

While school applies their methodology to measure the program’s success, Juncal said her criteria is quite clear: “If I can make a difference in the life of just one of these kids, then everything I’m doing is worth it.”

2014-08-19T03:05:48+00:00February 28th, 2014|Media|

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  • 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

    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 
#MikeKatkeInspirationAward #HIGH5IVE4FITNESS #healthykids #healthyworld #TheNoblePathFoundation #OCASA"
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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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