SCCA’s second video supporting C89.5’s Do One Thing initiative features Nathan Hale senior Daniel Martini, whose Do One Thing thing is to eat healthy. We love Dan’s story because it shows the importance of parental involvement in a young person’s life. And it illustrates how having a support group can make almost any challenge easier to overcome.
In Dan’s case, he was obese as a kid—by 6th grade, he was 5’4” and 230 pounds. For those of you keeping score, that’s a BMI of 39.5. Yikes. The issue went way beyond popularity or getting picked last in gym class. Dan’s health was in jeopardy.
With the help of his mother, a nurse, Dan enrolled in a weight loss research study at the University of Washington. There, he not only learned about nutrition and portion control, he lost a bunch of weight. For what it’s worth, maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of heart disease, as well as cancers of the esophagus, breast, colon, kidney and more.
In his video, Dan says he’d still like to shed a few more pounds. But we think he looks perfect. Nice work, Dan.