My name is Jorge Martinez and I am the President and Founder of the Lean Teen Program. My wife, Kalina, is the Program Director and has over 18 years of experience as a psychotherapist and high school counselor working with teens. We started the Lean Teen Program in 2003 because we saw a great need to help teens develop healthy habits, lose weight, and improve their quality of life. The fact is that obesity is currently the number ONE cause of death in our country as more adults develop heart disease and stroke early in life. The GOOD NEWS is that all this preventable!
My wife and I truly believe that adolescence is the most important time in a person’s life to start developing healthy habits. The Lean Teen Blog is another tool we plan to use to inspire, motivate and educate teens to help them reach their goals and achieve permanent weight loss. Our journey is a story filled with challenges, perseverance, hope and lots of faith! It began in 2002 as we ventured into entrepreneurship to follow our passion and start a fitness and weight loss center that we named Ladies Inshape.
We began Ladies Inshape to help women lose weight and as the name implies, get back in shape. As our business grew, we realized that that while there were many fitness and weight loss centers for women there were no programs to help teens lose weight and develop healthy habits. To fill this need we developed the Lean Teen Program as a complete program that included nutrition, support and exercise. Our mission was to give teens all the tools they needed to change the way they think about food and exercise and transform their lives.
From the beginning, the Lean Teen Program became popular among teens and was even featured in the Miami Herald Newspaper and on the Channel 7 Prime Time News with Marilyn Mitzel (Click here for link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvN9seiixkQ). Our teens were finally getting help losing weight and gaining the strength, confidence, and self-esteem they needed to be successful. As the Lean Teen Program became a big part of our life, my wife and I also faced our own personal struggles. We had a strong desire to have children of our own but unfortunately couldn’t have any.
After lots of prayer and planning, we decided that our best option to have children was to move to Charlotte. We sold our business in 2005 to take on the challenge of infertility. It was a difficult struggle and after 8 years of trying to have children we realized that God had different plans for us. God wants us to have lots of children. Our Lean Teens will be our children and it is our calling to share our love of nutrition and exercise with them. We look forward to serving our teens with excellence and hope to make a BIG difference in their lives as we grow the Lean Teen Program.