Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in this country. The children in school today are on track to be the first generation in more than 100 years that will have a shorter life span than their parents... because of unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise. Trish Colasurdo is tackling this issue in Southern Lehigh. As a member of the Southern Lehigh Education Foundation, Trish decided that she would like to create a Triabiathlon, encouraging children to get active and increasing awareness of childhood obesity. The Triabiathlon is an event in which children bike and run. She wanted the kids to know what it was like to have a goal and reach it so they can feel a sense of accomplishment and control over their bodies.
What is most challenging? Trish is a chiropractor and mother of three boys; she coaches cross country for middle school, helps out the SLEF, organizes the Health and Wellness Expo for the Coopersburg 5K and sits on the board of the Wescoe Community Fund. “The hardest part is balancing it all.”
Does Trish find organizing these events rewarding? The best part is seeing the kids accomplish something they never thought they could. “I recall one girl who finished last in the Triabiathlon. She was so proud of herself because she never thought she could finish the race. Her whole family cheered her on.” Trish loves hearing about how the events make children more confident.
Why do it? Dr. Colasurdo is very passionate about health and wellness. She wants to be a good example for her children and instill the love of being active in all children. In charge of the snack stand for Southern Lehigh Youth Wrestling this past year, Trish made sure there were healthy, nutritious snacks for the young athletes. She believes that healthy habits should start early in life.
How does Trish pull together an event like the Triabiathlon? “Having Jen Wescoe-Schanninger by my side and the SLEF team helping, everything goes off without a hitch.” She says everyone just finds his or her niche and chips in wherever needed. On volunteering, Trish says, "You gotta do it with your heart."
Originally from Florida, Trish loves living in Southern Lehigh. “I like the small-town feeling, knowing a lot of people, running into people I know wherever I go.” She calls Southern Lehigh a “hidden gem” that only people who live here seem to realize.
For more information on the Triabiathlon, check out www.triabiathlon.com