- Founder (Retired)
Jackie previously led the PADRES Foundation Children’s Hospital, Orange County. She developed an educational program for children with type I diabetes emphasizing a balanced diet low in sugar and fat, and increased physical activity to improve their condition. Over time she witnessed an increase in overweight children being diagnosed with type II diabetes, historically developed only in adults. As the rising obesity epidemic started to make headlines, Jackie partnered with ABC7 and Network for a Healthy CA and Kid Healthy was born. Our initial program offering was Steps to Healthy Living and shortly thereafter led to our other programs. Jackie’s vision of providing the tools and education to help students and families adopt life-changing nutrition and fitness solutions is the foundation of Kid Healthy’s mission.