Niche Bryant is 15 years old and is doing so amazing in the Live Light Live Right program under the supervision of Dr. Dhupher. These two photos represent the incredible change in Niche from when he began the program from 2015 to 2019. Niche loves to participate in the exercise programs and including the special events. When Niche started in the program he was not interested in attending any of the special events. His mother always encouraged him and explained all the benefits to his health and wellbeing. His mom no longer as to ask him to go to events or any of the programs. His self-esteem is up to the roof and she is so proud of him. He walks with confidence now. It is working!! His blood pressure and stamina have improved. Niche is now top two of his gym class for most laps run in the physical test. When he started high school in September of 2017 something really clicked. He wanted to do better. He now strives both physically and academically. Niche is in the honors program maintaining a 90 average. I know it has everything to do with feeling better about himself. His parents cannot take credit for Niche’s success because Niche works hard at everything he does. Niche does not have any snacks or fast food on the weekdays and also himself one cheat day. His parents are very appreciative to all the staff including, Dr. Dhuper for treating Niche like he is one of her own children, Ms. Rena, for always making sure Niche has all his appointments and knows about all the events, Ms. Ebony for always making sure Niche is doing proper exercises and always encouraging him, and Ms. Kim, for always keeping Niche on his toes.
Live Light Live Right has partnered with the Brooklyn Hospital Medical center expert team of surgeons to offer weight loss surgery to Teens and youth suffering from severe obesity and its complications and have been unable to lose weight successfully with diet and exercise.
This is an excellent option for those who are motivated to take the next step and get their life back together
Please visit the website for the weight loss center and hear from one of our own her success story.
If you are 16 years or older and are considering weight loss surgery please contact Live Light Live Right program at 718-221 -1598 to make a medical appointment for a complete evaluation and referral to the surgical team.
The Edwards family has been with Live Light Live Right for the past 8 years, they have two girls 16 years old and one son, 8 years old. Mom has had her own struggles with weight and had bariatric surgery several years ago. That is what makes this even more personal for her, she stated, “She does not want her kids to go through what she has gone through herself.” They all feel that Live Light Live Right has made them more conscious about what they should be eating and how to have more balanced meals. The children have been able to build up their confidence and find friends that understand their struggles.
Denville Adams is a 12 years old male, who joined Live Light Live Right (LLLR) in August 2013. He has shown tremendous progress in the program. Through hard work and diligence he has decreased his percentage of body fat from 26.0% to 18.1% in a year. Denville says that he loves the exercise program. He likes the combination of the exercises such as squats, using weights, jump rope, step ups, and jumping jacks. He enjoys the strength training workout with trainer, Ms. Kim, at the Brooklyn Recreation Center. He praises her for motivating him to stay focused on becoming healthier. Denville continues his workout outside of the LLLR program, at home and in his martial arts class throughout the week.
Rushell’s journey with Live Light Live Right began in 2011. She was not happy with herself and wanted to live a healthier lifestyle. She was on a roller coaster ride with her weight and was very frustrated. In 2014, Rushell made the decision to get bariatric surgery. She witnessed the success of her mother’s surgery and wanted the same for herself. Rushell, like every normal teenager wanted to wear cute clothes, go on rides and do what all teenagers do. Rushell also struggled with how she viewed herself, concerns about her health and how the weight was impacting her health, she was determined to get healthy.
Chastity is a 15 year old female who has been in our LLLR program since July 2010. Her BMI was significantly elevated at 44.44 in July 2010 and this lead to her developing a kidney dysfunction. The doctors at LLLR explained to her the need to change her lifestyle and become physically active if she did not want to go on dialysis. She had a kidney biopsy in November, 2010 when she was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis Stage I. Chastity and her mother decided to take this advice seriously. She has been following the medical and dietary advice such as, cutting down her juice intake, increasing fiber intake and increasing her intake of vegetables and fruits. She has also increased her physical activity which helps her in being an active member of girl scouts.
Once a shy and quiet young man Niche Bryant quickly became the leading fitness participant at the Camba Beacon Live Light Live Right Program. Niche started the program January 2014 and struggled heavily with the exercise. As time passed, I watched Niche quickly progress. He went from being a participator to a motivator in the blink of an eye. He was so motivating that even the adults found it hard to keep up with him, but they try their best. You can see in his exercise sessions he loves and excels in them. His favorite workout is the obstacle course which consists of moving quickly through a variety of exercises, i.e. sprinting, jumping jacks, push ups, squats, burpees, etc. When he is not at our program Niche is an avid reader and writer. He strives at keeping his mind, as well as his body fit. He takes all that he has learned from our LLLR workouts and implements them into his school gym classes. In addition to doing that he has brought those workouts home to his family. His family is one of the strongest support systems I’ve seen. Just as Niche is dedicated to his health and wellness, the Bryant family shows the same dedication to helping him reach his goals by participating as a family. They keep close contact with his trainers and makes sure he attends his appointments for regular check ups. With his mindset, determination and commitment to his health and wellness, Niche Bryant is quickly becoming an unstoppable force in the Live Light Live Right program. He continues to show us that with a little faith, courage and support, there is nothing he can’t do!!!
Tanisha is 15 years old and has been in our program since 2012. When she began her journey she weighed 189.5 lbs, her height was 5 feet 1 inches tall and her BMI was 34.4. Her doctor, Dr. Coulanges, referred her to our program because she wanted to change her lifestyle. Tanisha was motivated to lose weight and improve her eating habits to improve her health. Another big motivator: she was going to be starting high school that year.
She eliminated soda, cakes, cookies (except for special occasions) and junk food from her diet. She also stopped eating after 6 p.m., started drinking lots of water and exercising more. One of the great things that she learned and has implemented was reading food labels. This has really helped her to make the right food choices.
She said her friends have really noticed the difference in her, they support and encourage her. Her family has been instrumental in her success. They also changed the way they eat and now eat the same food that she does, making it easier for her to stay focused. Her mom used to fry a lot of foods prior to her starting the Live Light program. Now they eat more salads and whole breads.
Currently she weighs 158.3 pounds and her BMI is now 28.0. Tanisha wants to lose another 15 pounds. With all the work and commitment she has shown, she will be able to do it.
The Live Light team is really proud of her success.
When Ariana’s grandmother learned that her 9-year-old granddaughter was developing insulin resistance and would be prescribed medication, she rallied the support team together. She wanted to do everything she could to stop the disease process in its track and make sure Ariana would be healthy.
The family listened to the treatment teams’ advice to cut out excess sugar, eat plenty of vegetables, stop frying food and stop drinking juice. Ariana took more dance classes. And when she did a repeat blood test, she no longer needed to be on medication! This goal was reached because everyone in the family participated.
Ariana said it wasn’t hard, but her grandmother noticed that at times Ariana struggled with this new way of eating. Along with modifying her diet, Ariana continued to exercise at the BRC. Ariana fondly calls the BRC trainer Ebony “a pusher”. Ariana explained that Ms. Ebony “pushes me, but I love it.”
Ariana further explains that “To whom much is given much is required”. To Ariana, that means that if someone gives you the opportunity to do something you should push yourself and try your very best to succeed.