Josie Clayton Continues Healthy Living Practices She Learned from Kaiser Permanente’s ‘High Five to Health’ Program for Teens
At the age of 15, Josie Clayton’s doctor told her she was at an unhealthy weight and pre-diabetic. She was enrolled in Kaiser Permanente’s High Five to Health, a pediatric healthy lifestyle program that taught her the basics of healthy eating and the importance of being active.
Now 19 years old and 60 lbs. lighter, Josie has taken her healthy habits with her to the University of Nevada, Reno, where she’s a freshman planning to major in community health sciences so that she can help others. .
Josie, who is half-Native American, has already helped family members move away from unhealthy traditional foods and get hooked on fresh fruits, veggies, and healthier meat options like turkey.
She’s determined to help guide her young cousins to stay on the right track. “I’ve been trying to do the little things like giving [them] an apple instead of chips or cutting out dessert, or taking them to the gym just to get them walking on the treadmill.”
“She’s inspired us,” says Josie’s dad, Robert. “Everybody’s making healthier choices and decisions now.”