Video Transcript: The Survivor Story of Marlon Glenn
Marlon Glenn: My sister, she passed away. She had an aneurism. She was only 37 years old. And my wife and I, it kind of threw us for a loop. Because when you have one of your siblings who’s younger than you and she dies, it kind of makes you contemplate things. And you think about, maybe I need to do a better job of taking care of myself.
So I just jumped head long into—I changed everything. I probably changed too much too fast for my wife, because I got a little pushback. You know when you change everything. We stopped the McDonald’s, the fast food, the whole thing. The kids were like “What? Are you serious? We can’t eat these things anymore? Are you kidding?”
But I was serious, because my mind had been made up about it as a father. And you’re a father as well Ty. You know how important it is for us to lead our families. I have two daughters, I have a son, I have my wife, and I’m accountable for what we bring into the home and for what we do.
So I took that responsibility seriously and I said, if I’m going to embrace this change, it can’t just be about let Marlon be healthy. I have to let the whole family be healthy.
And then I take that same mindset into the schools. I work in urban districts. And those districts are known for very poor eating habits. You can see people coming in first thing in the morning, Ty. you see hot Cheetos, Twinkies, cupcakes, and this is breakfast. They’ll have a full 2 litre Mountain Dew, and that’s what they’re eating and that’s what they’re drinking.
And I said, I can’t just watch them do this and not say anything. You can’t just educate the mind and not educate the entire body, the whole spirit.