Dying Not To Exercise!

New York Post Article

October 21, 2018

If you ever needed a reason to hit the gym with one of our trainer’s the below article says it all!

“Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic or being a current smoker.  We’ve never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this.”

Let’s hit the gym together!!  Please click here to learn about all of our exercise programs!


Our Participant of the Month, Tanisha

Tanesha photo

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.

Spotlight on: Steven Nelson, the reluctant camper


At first, Steven didn’t want to go to the Live Light Live Right summer camp program. He was very stubborn and combative about the idea, his mom said. Before camp, his mom had difficulty explaining to him benefits of eating fruit, drinking water, and moving more.

But all that changed once he started camp. He has been exercising and has changed his eating habits completely. He now eats fruit, smaller portion sizes and hardly eats any junk food at all. He says that Miss Ebony and Miss Kim were very encouraging. They told him “no junk” and encouraged him to snack on granola bars and water. His mom says he has never consumed as much water as he does now! Continue reading →

Raquel’s Thoughts on Health and Weight

Raquel Allen

Live Light participant Raquel Alen wrote a wonderful article for her school newsletter. We were so impressed by how eloquently she spoke about weight and health. We just had to share it. 

Part of being healthy is getting to and staying at a healthy weight.  I am not talking about being model skinny either! We’re simply talking about how you can get to a weight that reduces your risk for diseases, like diabetes, in the future. Continue reading →

Sign Up for Summer Camp – 5 Years Strong

You might still be wearing a sweater, but summer really is just around the corner. And at Live Live Live Right we are gearing up for our fifth year of summer camp.If you haven’t been to our camp before, you are in for a real treat. We offer trips three times a week including swimming. We offer exciting, educational and fun programs twice a week at our on-site location. And we also offer classes in nutrition, art and cooking. We have surprise events and special guests all summer long. So, join our camp this summer and get ready for fun!

summer camp

We Have a New Fitness Program!


Live Light Live Right is thrilled to announce a new fitness program location at CAMBA East New York Beacon. The new program is great for two reasons: It will make it easier for our East New York participants to exercise. And, it’s a lot of fun.

Our experienced trainer, Curtis Jackson, is leading a group of kids towards health and fitness with all sorts of fun and challenging games.  If you love having fun but don’t like “exercise” then this is the program for you.  Mr. Curtis is all about games like dodge ball, kick ball and steal the bacon. He has a knack for sneaking exercise into play  so you don’t even realize you’re actually working out!

We started this site to make it easier for our participants living in East New York to get to the program and complete at least two hours of exercise a week.

CAMBA East New York Beacon
900 Van Siclen Avenue
I.S. 166 George Gershwin

Mondays and Wednesdays
5pm to 6pm

If this site is more convenient for you please call Rena at (718) 240-8125 or Genella at (718) 240-8325 and they can enroll you at this site.

Just look at the kids moving!




A Mom and Daughter Lose Weight Together

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.

10 Ways to Live Healthier Everyday

A healthy lifestyle starts every morning and lasts all day long. It’s about eating right, exercising more, and taking good care of your body from morning to night. Here are 10 ways to get started.

  1. Get plenty of sleep.  A good night sleep is extremely important.  Your body recuperates during sleep.  Between 7 and 8 hours is most ideal.
  2. Never skip breakfast.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It revs ups your body’s engine to keep it fueled well all day.  Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast with whole grains or protein.  This will keep you fuller longer and help with digestion throughout the day.
  3. Walk to school.  Many children live within 1 mile of the school that they attend.  This is a great time to get in 15 -30 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning.
  4. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.  Make sure half of your plate is filled with vegetables when eating any meal.  This will help in digestion, as well as, keeping you full longer.  Pick the vegetables that you like, or that are in season, steam them or gently stir fry with minimal olive or canola oil.
  5. Stay hydrated.  But not with juice or soda!  It’s important to drink throughout the day, but what you drink will determine your weight and your health.  Drinking lots of sugary juices or sodas add lots of calories.  Many times it could be 100’s of calories that just wait to be snug around your belly, thighs or buttocks.  Pick up a nice cold water or seltzer.  Make homemade tea at home with just some fruit tea bags, ice and a big jug of water.
  6. Mind your friends. You are known by the company you keep.  If you surround yourself with negative people there is a very good change you will pick up negative thoughts and behaviors.  This is not a recipe for success in health.  Keep yourself surrounded by positive thinking people, with you being the ring leader!
  7. Make dessert a physical activity.  Nothing wrong with having a little ice cream once in a while.  However, why not make yourself and your family exercise for it.  Walk together to the local grocery story and pick out a dessert that you could all share within the correct portions.  Then walk back home and enjoy!
  8. Turn off the TV, phone, DVD, IPad, Blackberry, IPod.  When eating any meal try and eat as a family.  Bonding together will help cure some of the mindless eating that tends to occur when family members are focusing more on their electronics than their eggs.
  9. Xbox, Wii – no problem.  You just want to sit on that couch and play video games?  Why not turn your gaming into a healthy activity.  On your next purchase, instead of the newest shoot up game why not try bowling, dancing or baseball as your next game.  You can play the game as a family and you’ll be exercising and bonding at the same time.
  10. Learn to cook healthy.  Check out a local community center and see if there are any low cost or free healthy cooking classes for you and your children.  Empower your children to take control of their own health destiny by educating them about healthy cooking. Many times local parks and recreations centers will offer these types of classes.  Be proactive about your health. The best way to start is in your own kitchen.