In some instances, I can relate to over-weight children because I too wore the label “heavy”, as a child. I can remember desiring to be the fastest track star, and the all- star basketball player. But those opportunities never came; even when I was encouraged to cheer, it was still a struggle because of the discomfort I felt when I slipped on the uniform. Childhood obesity does not only effect this generation but also future generations, and that is why it is important to me. I dream of the day when I can reach out and become a role model for children who struggle with the same issues, I endured. I want children to be confident and realize they are greater than their weight. Ultimately, I aspire to open my own restaurant which would serve all organic food. I would also like to create a program that will empower children and teach them about healthy eating habits, building confidence and provide speech classes. After college I would love to come back to my community and build my program. I want to incorporate both communications and nutrition in a way that will specifically help children and encourage them. I feel I can be an inspiration to children because of my personal struggles. I want to teach them that it’s not about being skinny or popular, but more so about being healthy and confident. Although it may seem like a cliché, children really are our future; it begins with them.