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"I’m impressed by  Teens helping teens — much more likely to be effective than adults admonishing teens.  I am blown away by Elias Rosenthal’s perspectives and leadership on this most important health issue of our time. He sees the problem, and rather than standing idly by, Elias has stepped forward to be part of the solution.  As a scientist and practicing doctor, I know that it takes much more than men in white coats to solve problems like type 2 diabetes – it takes the leadership of people just like Elias to make a difference.  He may be in my corner, but I am in his."

— Robert Lustig, M.D., M.S.L., President, Institute for Responsible Nutrition; pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital; author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease 

    — Guenet Sebsibe, M.D, MPH, former University of California Berkeley School of Public Health faculty. 

"Since 2012, has been contributing to our youth health workshops at the Strongholds Youth Empowerment Conference and our Inter-tribal Variety Fundraisers.  Teens4Health cares about the health crisis our youth face: over 30% of our Native American teens live in poverty. Our teen obesity rates are increasing dramatically and we're facing a horrible diabetes epidemic.  Native American teens have the highest rates of suicide, obesity, and diabetes of any group in the U.S.   The teen-friendly education Teens4Health provides is more important than ever."

    — Tamaka is a Board Member of Friendship House, Association of American Indians of San Francisco, the largest center of Indian Americans in California.  A member of the Oklahoma Choctaw tribe, he is a teacher of the Choctaw language, Native American traditions and cultures.  A film actor and magician, Tamaka performs Native American storytelling for schools and community festivals. 

“As a health educator and physician, I find Elias's inspiring. No wonder it’s growing: it's well thought-out and utilizes a well-proven method of peer-to-peer education to effectively encourage young people to think about their food and fitness choices. The combination of highly processed sugary foods and low physical activity creates many health issues in our teens today. creates a positive space that engages teens of all backgrounds through contests, social media, field-trips and other appealing resources such as easy cooking videos and films. Most of all, Elias's approach is fun. What better way to engage teens to take an active step in their own health. Go Elias!” 

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