Live Light Live Right aligns with Robin Hood’s mission to fight poverty in New York City. The program comprehensively addresses the challenge of childhood obesity in a disadvantaged community where children’s health status is compromised by a lack of affordable, fresh food, physical activity programs, and safe play spaces. We are longstanding, enthusiastic supporters of the program simply because the Live Light Live Right program produces real results with hard data to prove it.
— Eric Weingartner, Managing Director, Robin Hood Foundation
The team at Live Light Live Right has been an invaluable resource to the community. While we try to serve the myriad of health needs of our pediatric patients, we also critically need the expertise of specialists who are extensively trained and experienced in the management of childhood obesity and its complications. Not only do we have a trusted place to direct our patients for the next level of tailored treatment, we primary care physicians also greatly benefit from the education and workshops Live Light regularly provides.
— Dr. Violetta Calibuso MD, primary care physician from Brookdale Family Care Center
The Live Light Live Right program is a great program for children because the staff helps the children, not only with weight issues, but helps educate the children about discipline so they can eat right and exercise daily. Since many of the children have low self esteem, it helps for them to be around other children that have the same problem. It makes them feel like they are ok. Even though my son is chunky he has learned that he is a great kid despite his weight. Live Light has helped me and Malik grow and learn how to manage a healthy lifestyle together.
–Malik Hinds’ Mom
Brandon has been blessed for participating in this program. When he started the program in 2008, he was 8 years old and weighed 137 lbs. Putting my son in this program has been one of my best decisions because I’ve seen a lot of improvements in my son’s health and self-esteem. Continue reading →
When Chastity Blair Holland joined the Live Light Live Right program, she discovered a newfound love for veggies and another unexpected surprise: her mom started losing weight too! Here’s what her mom had to say about it all:
I found out about the Live Light Live Right program through a co-worker. The program has changed my family’s life tremendously. We now look at nutrition labels and incorporate vegetables. Before joining the program we never really ate vegetables, now we love to eat them. Although it isn’t a competition, Chastity and I are both losing weight since the program encouraged me to participate with Chastity in the exercise program. We have so much more energy which gives us the ability to do more and enjoy life. I really feel because of what we have learned at the Live Light Live Right program we have made life-long changes that will lead Chastity into adulthood. Now she is so much more conscious about eating healthy and exercising. We exercise at the Brownsville Recreation Center and at P.S. 165. At first, it was hard and we wanted to give up. The trainer’s motivated us to keep going and now it isn’t so hard for either of us. I love the way the trainer’s encourage the children through their inspiring words.
“I think the Live Light Live Right program is a great program for children because the staff helps the children, not only with weight issues, but helps educate the children about discipline to eat right and exercise daily. Since many children’s self esteem is low it helps for them to be around other children that have the same problem. It makes them feel like they are ok. Even though my son is chunky he has learned that he is a great kid despite his weight. Live Light has helped me and Malik grow and learn how to manage a healthy lifestyle together.”
“I Feel like this program will help change my daughter’s life as she gets older. It’s also helping me help her. Now, we don’t drink much juice. We eat more vegetables and watch our portions much more than before. I really don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t find Live Light Live Right!”
“I was very concerned about Nazir’s health. I began to see that he was not eating well and gaining weight. My family has a history of weight issues and I didn’t want that for my son. His pediatrician was very harsh with me and told me that my son was obese. I thought I was being a bad mother, but then I realized that he was right and I had to do something. Our doctor gave me the Live Light Live Right pamphlet and once we started we never looked back. Nazir started the program at 6 years old and he is 15 years old now. The Live Light Live Right program has become a part of my family. We look to the physician’s, the nutritionist and the trainer’s for guidance all the time. As difficult as it was to hear Nazir’s doctor tell me he was obese, we are truly grateful to him and to the Live Light Live Right Program.”
“Anna-Lisa started the program when she was 9 years old. I started to see that her eating habits were not good and that she started to gain weight. She was getting food from her father that wasn’t healthy. I spoke to my insurance company and asked them to help, but they were of no help. I become very worried and asked my pediatrician if she could recommend a program to help us. The Live Light Live Right program has helped us tremendously. The exercise program has kept our daughter very active. The physician’s have helped me help my daughter. My husband and I are now on the same page in helping our family. I don’t know what I would do if we hadn’t found the Live Light Live Right Program. Anna-Lisa has taken charge of her own health thanks to the program.”
“Darieka started with the program over 6 years ago. We were referred by our pediatrician because Darieka was overweight. Darieka really likes the exercise classes. She really likes the friends that she has made. The trainer’s have taught her so much that even sometimes she works out at home. She makes us exercise with her at home! Her dad is a big motivation for her so he is always talking to her about eating right, exercising and to not drink too much juice and soda. She has recently told us that because of her participation in the Live Light program that she would like to become a certified trainer to teach classes when she gets a little older. We are really proud of her determination. We don’t know what we would have done without the help of the Live Light Live Right Program.”
“We learned Tristen was overweight at the age of 9 years old. His doctor recommended the program to us. I didn’t put Tristen in for the first few years after the doctor recommended us to the program. But then I noticed he was gaining weight so rapidly and I called for an appointment. We have never looked back! The Live Light Live Right Program has helped our family understand the disease of obesity. The friends he has made in the program are like his little family. His confidence has built up tremendously by being in the program. He was always such a home body. Now he wants to go out more. I used to have to pull teeth to get him to go for a walk and now he initiates the family walks! He also started trying out for teams at school. It all became a group effort. The program has brought our family together! I would have joined much sooner had known the effect it would have had on our family!”
“About 4 years ago our pediatrician mentioned to us that Seydi could benefit from the Live Light Live Right Program. When we had our first meeting I was quite impressed by the professionalism of the whole staff. The doctor’s were really great in explaining the disease of obesity to us, which gave us comfort in knowing that we had the ability to make changes that would help Seydi and our whole family. Our family is completely supportive of Seydi by encouraging him to participate in the exercise program and also by giving him advice as to what to eat. We have made changes as a family. This is not only Seydi’s challenge but a challenge for our whole family. With the support of the Live Light Live Right program we are able to give our son the best support. We are very grateful.”