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Champion Mom Encourages Parents

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By Ashley A. Jones

Champion mom Sherle Webb's goal is to educate and help the community residents of San Bernardino and Riverside live life longer. Webb, who has served the Champions for Change campaign for 10 months said, " My role as a Champions for Change mom is to help others identify nutritional needs and inform them of the risk factors included with eating. I teach and educate people on health, nutrition, and children obesity."

Champions for Change is a program presented by the Network for a Healthy California African American campaign that serves African American women from the ages of 18-54 in the San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The campaign challenges California families to commit to a healthy lifestyle.

Webb has been married for eight years and works as a Registered Nurse. She has six children, 27, 19, 17, 16, 13, and 5. and will graduate in June 2008 with her BA degree from the University of Phoenix.

Sherle Webb

In addition to serving Champions for Change, Webb serves as Founder and President of New Beginning Community Services. Webb said, " My New Beginning Community Services works with unwedded teen mothers. I educate them and serve as a role model in order to help them and their babies have a healthy start."

Webb said good health is essential because it affects all aspects of the individual. She explained, "Good health is important because it helps with your self esteem, your overall mental health, physical health, emotional, and spiritual health. If you having challenges with your health, its going to affect every dynamic of your body."

Webb encourages other role models to promote healthy lifestyles. She said, "Good health affects the generations to come. We have a big impact on our kids and grandkids.  As role models they look up to us, they look at how we eat, how we think, and make choices."

Webb ended by saying, " I've learned that eating right and exercising has to be a priority. You have to look at it as a need, like water or air. Once you change your priorities, which start with changing your choices, you start looking better, feeling better, and you live longer. Other people will see and want to follow."

For healthy tips, recipes, community resources, or instruction on how to become a Champion mom, visit www.cachampionsforchange.net  or call toll-free: 1-888-328-3483.

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