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PBK Teen Leadership Team ready for new year

Posted: June 01, 2019

The Personal Best Karate Teen Leadership Team has been quite busy since forming this past spring. They have already met a few times, established their peer support sessions and held their first charitable fundraiser. 

Being on the ground floor of this team sure to have longevity has been very rewarding, said Team Director Paul Relyea, a student at the Personal Best Karate School in Foxboro and one of the founding Board members. "We really want to offer teens the opportunities to lead in fun and impactful events in the community," he explained. 

"(Founder) Master Christopher Rappold and I spoke about creating the group and what we could offer for the members," Relyea said. The vision of the group was to create a social atmosphere but still be the support for each other. "We facilitate meetings where kids can bring their problems and we work together to offer our support," said Relyea.


She's been fighting since she was two

Posted: June 01, 2019

The powerhouse Grace Jarboe is an 11-year old natural-born fighter. Yes, she just earned her 1st Degree Black Belt in June. Yes, she is currently a lacrosse and ice hockey player. And, yes, she fought cancer and won - but she did that when she was 4 years old.

A conversation no parents wants to have with their pediatrician, Grace was diagnosed with Bilateral Wilms Tumor when she was two years, nine-months old. A form of kidney cancer, Grace went through treatments until she was four and continues with scans. Though she has since recovered, Grace was left with the use of only 80 percent of one kidney. 

St. Jude's Hospital was such an integral part of her journey, that when choosing a charity for the charitable giving portion of their Black Belt Training Cycle, the class elected to donate to the organization. "If it wasn't for St. Jude's I wouldn't be here," she said emphatically.


How to Make Health and Wellness part of your Families Lifestyle

Posted: May 27, 2019

As adults, we are responsible for our lifestyle choices and in many cases, our children’s lifestyles. Whether or not our children get enough exercise and eat healthy foods has a lot to do with the example we set for them and the choices we provide them with.

According to USA Today, the percentage of children who are overweight has doubled in the last 20 years! But don’t blame the kids. Keith Ayoob, an associate Professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine says, “I never see a child who has better eating habits than his parents.” Children eat the foods that are served to them or what is easily available at school or home. Family rules and routines can compromise exercise any time they like, but an eight-year-old more than likely requires supervision. Children have obstacles to overcome when it comes to lifestyle choices.


Don't let negative people occupy space in your head!

Posted: May 25, 2019

Raise the Rent and Kick Them Out!

Excerpt from Be Your Personal Best: Focus by Master Christopher Rappold

Ever wonder how many different morning routines there are to get ready for school or work in the morning? Some start by jumping in the shower, others start by brushing their teeth and washing their face. Others fix their bed and lay out their clothes. What is important to understand is there are probably a thousand different sequences, none right or wrong, just different. Some may be slightly quicker, some, based on the person doing them may seem more logical but all generally lead to the same end goal of getting ready in the morning.


The antidote for a lack of confidence - a gratitude list

Posted: May 25, 2019

Excerpt from Be Your Personal Best: Confidence by Master Christopher Rappold

Lacking self-confidence is a focus on not being enough. Coming from this feeling, it is no wonder it feels hard to get out of your own way. The good news is there is a way you can take control of this feeling of not having enough. It starts with a simple inventor of what you have.

Think about it: how much would someone have paid 20 years ago for the phone you carry in your pocket today? How much would someone in 1995 have paid for the total and complete access you have to the internet today? How much would a person have paid who died of a disease that today has a cure? The answer to each of these questions is so big that it can’t be defined. The challenge is because we are so close to what we have, we tend to take it for granted. By taking the time to read through and continually add to all the things you have in your life that you are grateful for, instead of coming from a place of lack you start to change your feeling to coming from a place of abundance.


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