Progress continues toward the win against childhood obesity and youth physical inactivity

Childhood obesity can prove to be an achilles heel for many young adults but some forge ahead and do what they can to win the battle.

It was first reported in November 2013 that Tony Picard, a 17 year old running back for White Swan High School, weighed in at 400 pounds. However, during a January 2014 follow up interview with his coach, Andrew Bush, Picard’s real weight during that time was 413 pounds when the Washington Huskies, a University of Washington football team, weighed him during the same time frame.

Tony Picard

Former White Swan High School running back from Washington state, Tony Picard, recently weighed in at 400 plus pounds. He has since lost weight and now weighs 385 pounds. (AP PHOTO/YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC, GORDON KING)

Since last speaking to coach Bush in December of 2013 about his star running back, and during the follow up, coach had this to say, “Picard is doing quite well. He’s trying to stay in shape. He is not playing basketball this year due to all of the things he has going on that are keeping him busy.” Bush also added, “Tony was able to get his weight down to 385 pounds. He’s been spending a lot of time in the weight room and running.”

The Centers for Disease Control is still reporting a decline in obesity among low-income pre-school aged youth.

Georgia’s Entertainment Gala Hosts Second Annual Event

The Second Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala was held Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. It was an evening filled with classy sophistication that combined a tasteful insinuation from the roaring twenties era. The event honored the talent of those involved with film and television.

A number of different media outlets were readily poised alongside the red carpet, equipped with cameras and microphones in hand. They were eager to capture pictures and initiate interviews from film nominees and supporters who may have graced the red carpet. Among them was YUL Radio‘s Luscious Loni. Loni is YUL’s news personality and has been with the station for at least one year.

Hosea Feed the Hungry Needs Your Donations

Hosea Feed the Homeless is a non-profit organization founded in 1971 by Reverend Hosea and Juanita T. Williams, which prides itself on assisting individuals and families, who are faced with hard times, acquire basic necessities such as food, clothing, toiletries, medical supplies etc. Hosea goes beyond these measures however, “It seeks to prevent homelessness by providing rent, mortgage, and utility assistance, financial literacy and GED classes, school supplies and book bags to children, intensive case management and support programs to teach recipients how to develop small businesses and co-ops, as well as leadership training to independent farmers.”

Just as the homeless and those in need rely on the services provided by Hosea Feed the Hungry, the organization relies on donations and support from the community.

According to a 2013 article written in Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, Atlanta has taken steps to help the chronically homeless men, women, and children in the city to get off the streets. A special City Hall innovation team funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies grant has created a voluntary registry to help link homeless people with the appropriate available services and resources. The group focused first on homeless veterans. Mayor Kasim Reed also recently announced the creation of a nonprofit, overseen by board members who will be appointed mostly by him, that would help address the issue.

Hosea Feed the Hungry, needs your donations now and especially during the upcoming holiday season. Any contributions made would be greatly appreciated.

Please visit or call 404-755-3353 to see how you can help with donations or how you can volunteer your time.