Meet a Health Hero: Jeff Middleton

Read more about First Tee of Philadelphia's Jeff Middleton, a semi-finalist in our 2012 Health Hero Challenge!

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Name: Jeff Middleton

Occupation: FDR Golf Course program director, First Tee of Philadelphia, a golf program for kids.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?

I am motivated to share the advantages that good health plays in our lives, both young and old, so that the facts are presented to make intelligent choices.

Describe a health or fitness related turning point in your life.

Realizing how much stress and excess weight affects stamina, aging, coping skills and general mental health.

What “policy” would you institute to make Philadelphia a healthier city?

“No more Cheez Whiz.” No, seriously, I would have more public service announcements about sugar, its dangers and all the places it lurks in foods.

What’s the most important part of your health or fitness regimen?

Limiting starches and sugars in my diet.

What is your No. 1 piece of health related advice or encouragement?

Know the facts: Eat right with proper portions, at the right times throughout the day. Exercise consistently with the proper nutrition and good eating habits.