Meet a Health Hero: Steve Liberati

"I believe there is a major difference between simply existing and thriving."

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Name: Steve Liberati

Role: Founder of Steve’s Club, a CrossFit program for at-risk and underserved youth.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
I consider myself a very self-motivated person. For me, I look and feel my best when I eat healthy, exercise regularly, sleep well, manage stress and practice self-care. I believe there is a major difference between simply existing and thriving. When I wake up every day, I want to look and feel my best and have the physical and mental energy to fuel my passions and live a fully productive and happy life.

Describe a health or fitness-related turning point in your life.
Failing to make the transition from youth sports to playing successfully in high school was the turning point in my life that motivated me to make fitness and health a big part of my life and help prove to myself and the world that you can still be an athlete despite whether you are on a sports team or not.

What policy would you institute to make Greater Philadelphia a healthier region?
I would work to improve the quality and food offerings at cafeterias in our schools around the country. I would require every school to serve real food, regionally sourced and sustainable meals. I would also shift the focus to having the kids learn how to cook and get a better understanding of the foods they are putting into their bodies and where it is coming from.

What’s the most important part of your health or fitness regimen?
Eating clean moderate portions keeps me on track more than anything. When I fall off and overindulge in unprocessed foods filled with sugar and gluten I get moody, feel sluggish, lack the motivation to workout and add unnecessary bodyweight.

What is your number one piece of health-related advice or encouragement?
Engage in physical activities that you enjoy doing and find others who share the same interest. For me, I enjoy doing CrossFit with the kids at Steve’s Club and taking walks on the weekends with my wife. Staying fit does not have to be limited to the gym either. You can stay fit playing sports, working out in the park or hiking in the woods.

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