by Cesca Janece Waterfield
Faces of Hope is a non-profit organization that works to fight and prevent obesity in children and their families. Based in Richmond, it offers a comprehensive program educating families at home about fitness and nutrition.
Because of the health complications associated with excess body fat, obesity is considered a medical condition generally defined as weight that exceeds what is recommended for one’s height by 20 percent or more. It’s linked to many diseases, including heart disease, type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea, even some forms of cancer. Currently, one in five children nationwide is obese, and the number of obese Americans is expected to climb to 120 million before 2014.
Educate, Equip and Empower
Founded in 2006 by Chesterfield residents Jeannette Cordor with her husband Jeramin, Faces of Hope promotes its 12-week program as an introduction to a healthful lifestyle. “HOPE” stands for Healthy Options for Personal Empowerment,” and to provide them, a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Dietician and Certified Fitness Trainer work with clients.