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Raise the Bar©


How many T.V. commercials and magazine ads promise weight loss as the main benefit of exercise? What if exercise not only helped you lose weight, but also raised your self-esteem?

It seems like only yesterday when I had the privilege of working alongside Dr. Wynn F. Updyke at Indiana University 3 year study of Physical Fitness, Self Esteem and Academic Achievement of Elementary Inner City School Children. I was convinced based on my own experiences that higher levels of self-esteem could be a result of increased exercise and personal fitness.

Self-esteem means "appreciating one's own self-worth and importance, having the character to be accountable for self, and acting responsibly toward others."

Years later my team and I are wrapping up a model fitness program for SOS Village in Chicago. I am surprised and deeply disappointed to discover that most of our participants still face the same fitness and health risks that I encountered with Dr. Updyke’s research.
Measurements revealed high body fat, weak grip strength, hydration levels below normal, poor endurance and decreased strength.

Gray and Stafford Ride for Child Obesity


We are gearing up to take on one of the biggest challenges of our lives: a three-day, 375 mile bike ride through the mountains of Puerto Rico. We will be joined by 600 riders from all over the world for La Vuelta, known to be a very challenging endurance ride.

But the daily struggles we will encounter on our trip are nothing compared to the struggles that obese children in the U.S. deal with every day. During our trip, we will be calling attention to the need for exercise and healthy living for the more than 100 million obese children living in the U.S.

Will you help us by giving a small donation to our cause: ProActive Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit program offered through area hospitals that changes the lives of obese children through a strict program run by experts in fitness, nutrition and psychological counseling?

ProActive Kids and Right Fit Make A Great Team

ProActive Kids (PAK) and Right Fit Trainers, Kyle Anderson and Steve Gray, were on the Channel 7 news this week! PAK is a comprehensive, inclusive program designed to treat the whole child physically, nutritionally and emotionally. It is built around the stability and commitment of family. Right Fit Sports Fitness Wellness has been working with PAK for over 4 years and designed and implemented the fitness program. In Karen Johnson’s “In Your Neighborhood”, segment, it highlights plenty of children working hard to reach their individual fitness, lifestyle, and nutrition goals. Two children in particular, brothers Hassan and Said Krahwish, have transitioned from PAK to the Right Fit Kids Fit and Fun classes. They can be seen in the news segment working harder than even they knew was possible prior to PAK. They carry the same devotion and motivation from PAK to their exercises at Right Fit. Kyle, their PAK and Right Fit Coach, says that he “can see great improvements in the boys overall health and wellness”. It is always wonderful to see young individuals being “proactive” and in control of their well-being.

Service and Motivation Can Make All the Difference

This summer our family (including the Right Fit Family) welcomed Tiger, a mixed hound dog from Moore Animal Control in North Carolina. Tiger’s journey to Chicago wasn't easy. In fact there were times when considering a local adoption would have been the “easier road” for everyone.

As each obstacle presented itself, clear thinking and plans were the only thing that made it possible for this “special” pet to reach his new home. I can still remember my son asking me “Why this dog? What’s so special about him?”

I am sure his name (Tiger) caught my attention along with the way he cuddled and licked everyone in sight with those big brown eyes. Wherever he went, there always seemed to be a little extra joy that followed him and was passed along to those who were fortunate enough to meet, pet and play with Tiger.

Autism: Fitness is an Essential Intervention Around the World

The Raise the Bar Autism Fitness Program travels to Happy House Centre in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Right Fit Team, Suzanne Gray and David Bellisario are thrilled to begin implementation of the Raise the Bar Program for children ages 3 to 8. Gray states, "Autism knows no boundaries. My team is ready and excited to work with our world neighbors and challenge them to utilize fitness as a solution for the many obstacles of autism."


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