6th Annual Greco Tournament To Fight Obesity in Children- June 16th, 2014!

Posted by Fight Obesity in Children | Posted in Events | Posted on 09-05-2014


Registration now open, please click here to Register – Spots limited!

Join us for our famous Greco Golf Tournament for the Foundation to Fight Obesity in Children. Support a great cause, meet some local celebrities and have a great time!
Greco Golf Tournament June 2014

Tony Greco Donates to Ottawa East End Park (with Jim Watson – Photo)

Posted by Fight Obesity in Children | Posted in News/Updates | Posted on 14-08-2013


Park Rebuild - Tony Greco, Jim Watson..Foundation to Fight Obesity in Children

Dear Tony,

On behalf of Ottawa Community Housing and its tenants, we would like to sincerely thank you for the donation of $5,000 from the Foundation to Fight Obesity in Children. The contribution, which was used towards the building of a new playground in the Carson’s Road Community, will ensure that the children and youth of this community have a wonderful opportunity for active and healthy play.

We were very appreciative to have your team of volunteers join us on Saturday, August 10 to build the play structure and finish the surrounding landscaping. The essence of volunteerism cannot always been seen, but its impact can have an enduring influence on individuals. Hopefully, the volunteers left the site with an understanding of the true value of what they have provided to their community – a sense of pride and worth. Your investment in this project, along with your team’s commitment made this event a complete success!

Best regards, Jo-Anne Poirier
Chief Executive Officer

5th Annual Greco Tournament To Fight Obesity in Children- Live Auction Item

Posted by Fight Obesity in Children | Posted in Events | Posted on 23-05-2013


5th Annual Greco Tournament To Fight Obesity in Children- Live Auction Item

5th Annual Greco Golf Tournament - Live Auction Item

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5th Annual Greco Tournament To Fight Obesity in Children- June 17th, 2013!

Posted by Fight Obesity in Children | Posted in Events | Posted on 13-05-2013


5th Annual Greco Golf Tournament for the Foundation to Fight Obesity in Children

Save the Date:

Monday, June 17th, 2013.

Please see flyer above for more information – click here for registration form.

For amazing sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marcela Elizondo at the email in the flyer.

5th Annual Greco Gives Back Gala – February 14th, 2013!

Posted by Fight Obesity in Children | Posted in Events | Posted on 11-01-2013


Please join us for an elegent evening of dining, dancing, and romance!

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Hampton Conference Inn, 200 Coventry Road
Live and Silent Auctions
Cocktails @ 5:30pm / Dinner @ 7:00pm

For tickets, donations or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Debbie Brown at 613-727-5326 or Email debbie@grecoleanandfit.com

Save the Date! June 18th, 2012 – 4th Annual Greco Golf Tournament!

Posted by Fight Obesity in Children | Posted in Events | Posted on 07-03-2012


4th Annual Golf Tournament - Save The Date

The 4th Annual Greco Gives Back Gala was a Huge Success!

Posted by Fight Obesity in Children | Posted in Events, Sponsors, photos | Posted on 07-02-2012


Together, Sponsors, Clients, Greco Schools and friends helped raise $60,000 for the Foundation To Fight Obesity in Children. It was a fun and fancy evening with guests dressed to the nines and ready to bid and support kids and their community!

Mrs. Laureen Harper, MP Pierre Poilievre and Mayor Watson also attended. Several Ottawa Senators and their wives joined in the fun, donating signed jerseys for the auction and a special cheque presentation by Popeye himself with an additional $4971.

A special Thanks to Bell Media’s Graham Richardson and Kurt Stoodley for MCing as well as Stuntman Stu for his suave auctioneering skills!

We would like to thank our Corporate Partners; Popeye’s Health Supplements, Minto, Jason Shinder, CanvasPop, GRC Architects, Engel & Associates, Kelly Santini, Deloitte, Preston Hardware

This year The Foundation has committed $10,000.00 to Holy Spirit School in Stittsvile and $25,000.00 to Ottawa Community Housing (Carson’s Rd Re-Development)

This money will be spent on outdoor playgrounds for the kids. 6 guests from the Carson Community were generously hosted by GRC Architects.

Thanks also to our team of volunteers! Arlene, Karen, Michele, Sean, Savannah, Dave, Carolyne and Miriam.

Playgrounds Build Healthier and Safer Communities

Posted by Fight Obesity in Children | Posted in Donations, News/Updates | Posted on 12-01-2012


Foundation To Fight Obesity in Children TonyGreco Donation Ottawa Community HousingTony Greco meets with Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) and Overbrook Forbes Community Resource Centre staff to pledge $25,000.00 for a new playground in 2012.

The expansion of the Carson Road Community by 26 additional homes is part of a $5.5 Million Dollar social housing development project led by City of Ottawa and OCH.   Mr. Greco and the Lean & Fit centres across the capital have made this commitment through their charity The Foundation to Fight Obesity in Children.

The Foundation is approached weekly with requests for assistance. “ We are hearing more and more about schools and community centres whose existing play structures are being condemned with no funds available for rebuilding. “ says Greco. “The basic ability to get outside and play, interact with peers and develop basic physical and social skills is fundamental in building healthy kids.”  adds Greco. “Playgrounds are not just about providing children with an opportunity to play.”  adds Brian Gilligan, Executive Director of Community Development at OCH, “They are also a community gathering point that allows neighbors and families to meet and build friendships.”

It goes beyond that in Carson Road community.  Brigitte La Rose, Community House Coordinator, is very proud of the community that she has been dedicated to for the past 7 years.  As an employee of the Overbrook Forbes Community Resource Centre, she is committed to bringing positive change such as afterschool programs for children and youth, healthy food programs, and literacy development.  During her time there she has seen the efforts of her agency, OCH, and other partners help newcomers to Canada integrate into the community and the neighborhood children and youth become successful in their studies. She is particularly proud of the many youth in the community who are committed to giving back as volunteers.

Tony Greco and The Foundation to Fight Obesity is proud to be a part of this community that is dedicated to building stronger healthier kids and families through their choices of exercise and good nutrition.  On February 2, 2012, the 4th Annual Greco Gives Back Gala will be held at the Chateau Laurier. “Our staff, our clients and our sponsors are proud to be a part of this great community initiative!”

There are 7 Lean & Fit Locations across the capital region. www.grecoleanandfit.com

In the picture are:
Denis Michel, District Director, Tenant Service Centre (East) OCH
Brigitte LaRose, Community House Coordinator
Tony Greco, Canada’s Leading Fitness Specialist
Brian Gilligan, Executive Director, Community Development OCH

Foundation to Fight Obesity in Children Donates $10,000 to Rebuild School Playground

Posted by Fight Obesity in Children | Posted in Donations, photos | Posted on 28-11-2011


Tony Greco Foundation - Donation to Holy SpiritTony Greco meets with the kids, teachers, Principal Caroline Tarrant and Parent Co-Chair of the Holy Spirit School Yard Improvement Committee, Christine Pristanski, at Holy Spirit School in Stittsville.

In 2006 the school lost any play structures they had and were advised that they would need to do their own fundraising to rebuild. With many bake sales, play-athons and used book sales, the school and parents committee have managed to raise just over $20,000 for the rebuild.

Today, Tony, his Lean & Fit Studios and dedicated clients have committed through their Foundation to Fight Obesity in Children $10,000.00  to boost this project and get it done in Spring 2012!

The Foundation believes very strongly in the benefits of basic playground structures. Studies have shown that these activities not only increase a child’s physical activity, but also builds children’s social skills.

One in Four Canadian Children is Considered Overweight!

Posted by Fight Obesity in Children | Posted in News/Updates | Posted on 25-11-2011


Childhood Obesity on the rise!With the number of overweight Canadian boys and girls rising, weight-related health problems only stand to increase unless Canadians commit to encouraging active lifestyles and healthy eating habits in all age groups.

Photograph by: Getty Images

One in four Canadian children is considered overweight — among the highest rates in developed countries, according to a report released Wednesday by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Some children grow out of obesity, but others don’t and grow into adults with severe weight issues, which can cause diabetes, heart disease or other chronic health problems.

The Health at a Glance report, which combines health statistics from 34 OECD countries to give a comparative picture of health-care systems around the world, showed only Italy and the United States scored higher on the childhood obesity index.

In a related measure, the prevalence of diabetes in Canada is also among the highest in the group of countries, said Brenda Tipper, from the Canadian Institute for Health Information... Read more

Body Shapers That Make Me Feel Good

When I first saw Waist Trainerz being advertised, I honestly thought that it was just really nice lingerie. I wanted to learn more about it though, so I went to www.waistrainerz.net, which is the official website for Waist Trainerz. It was at this site that I learned that they are more than just really pretty garments that women can wear. I didn’t even consider the name, but it is true to what it does. These bits of sexy fabric are actually quite good at helping a woman to shape her body into the hourglass figure that she wants.

Even though they look like they would be for show only, they are actually designed so they are helping a woman smooth that area of her body. After wearing one for just a short period of time, the difference is absolutely noticeable. I knew that I was going to get at least one or two, but the hard part came next. I had to decide which ones I was going to get, because I honestly did want all of them. Read more…

I Am Getting One of These New Wristbands

For years, I wore a simple pedometer on my waistband every day to try to keep track of the steps I took every day. My goal was to try to reach at least 10,000 steps every day because that is what all the fitness magazines said was the magic number that would help to keep you fit. But I have since learned that there is a new type of tracker available called “Fitbit” that does so much more than a simple pedometer. So, recently, I started looking around to learn more about the differences between the Fitbit Flex vs Charge trackers.

Both of these really neat wristbands are really stylish. Read more…

Working out Has Become Easier to Do

I have been working out on my own at home for awhile. I tried getting to the gym at night after work each night, but the amount of time it took to drive there and then get home in time to see my kids and wife was really putting a damper on my home life. Yet, I needed to be able to work out in a way that would challenge me. My boss said that I should try out the Navy Seal Gym program when I asked him how he was getting into such good shape. He said that it is the best workout he has had since he left the military. Read more…

Getting Quality Men’s and Ladies Bikes

My wife and I ride bicycles. We have a couple of mountain bikes even though we do not ride on mountain trails. Where we ride is called rail trails. It is where old railroad lines used to run. All of the tracks and ties are removed, and a surface of packed fine gravel and sand is laid down. Since railroads run on flat areas wherever possible, you can go for miles and miles just at a leisurely pace. I went and got us two quality bikes. I looked at men’s and ladies bikes. The brand I got had both styles.

The real difference is the frame layout. A bike made for a woman has an angled frame tube while the men’s version goes straight from the handlebars back to the seat. I am not sure of the reasons or the origin of the style, but it is the main thing that differentiates the two bikes. Read more…

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The Choice Is Yours

You have already made a million smart choices for your children.

From the moment you discovered you were an expectant parent, you began to change your life. You thought hard about your finances, setting aside some frivolous expenses in order to save for a new future. You looked at your home, your neighbourhood, your life and thought – is this a good place for a child to grow up? And you made some hard choices there, as well.

That’s what being a parent is all about – making choices, not on your own behalf, but on behalf of another. It’s a difficult job, and you should be proud of what you’ve already achieved.

But not every choice is clear-cut. Feeding your kids well, and keeping them healthy, is a particular challenge – especially in today’s fast food culture.

Consider this: Since the 1970’s, the obesity rate in this country has doubled, with two-thirds of our population now overweight. A recent study at Harvard found that obesity may soon surpass tobacco as the number-one cause of cancer deaths. No matter how frightening that may sound, the statistics are even worse for our children. The percentage of overweight youths age 12 to 19 has nearly quadrupled between 1976 and 2004. Indeed, 17 percent of this country’s youth are now overweight or obese.

So what’s causing this crisis? And what, exactly, is happening to our children? Here’s the truth: It’s not the TV, and it’s not the Internet, and it’s not the video games or the cell phones or the iPods. It’s not the culture that’s endangering our children’s heath.

Our Children’s Future

A child who’s overweight is 15 times more likely to be overweight as an adult. What does that really mean in terms of your child’s health?

Overweight people are:

  • 50 percent more likely to develop heart disease (obese: up to 100 percent)
  • Up to 360 percent more likely to develop diabetes (obese: up to 1,020 percent)
  • 16 percent more likely to die of a first time heart attack (obese: 24 percent)
  • Roughly 50 percent more likely to have total cholesterol above 250 (obese: up to 122 percent)
  • 14 percent less attractive to the opposite sex (obese: 43 percent)
  • Likely to spend 27 percent more a year at the pharmacy (obese: 105 percent)
  • Likely to stay 19 percent longer in the hospital (obese: 49 percent)
  • 20 percent more likely to have asthma (obese: 50 percent)
  • Up to 31 percent more likely to die of any cause (obese: 62 percent)
  • 19 percent more likely to die in a car crash (obese: 37 percent)
  • 120 percent more likely to develop stomach cancer (obese: 330 percent)
  • Up to 90 percent more likely to develop gallstones (obese: up to 150 percent)
  • 590 percent more likely to develop esophageal cancer (obese: 1,520 percent)
  • 35 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer (obese: 70 percent)
  • 14 percent more likely to have osteoarthritis (obese: 34 percent)
  • 70 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure (obese: up to 170 percent)

It’s the food

The Hidden Health Danger to our Kids.

When a child’s weight begins to grow out of proportion, so does his risk of disease – both in childhood and in his or her later life. Consider:

  • The most common form of diabetes is called Type 2 or ‘adult onset’ diabetes and is caused primarily by years of poor eating habits. But ‘adult onset’ no longer fits because for the first time in history, we realize that children can come down with it, too. Indeed, doctors have reported seeing children as young as 4 with the disease and the Canadian Diabetes Association say it is approaching catastrophic proportions in teens. The Centres for Disease recently predicted that one in every three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes at some point in his or her lifetime. The laundry list of diabetes’ complications? Blindness, Heart Attack, Stroke, Amputation.
  • Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that overweight kids were more likely to suffer bone fractures and 30 percent more likely to suffer joint or muscle pain than children of normal weight.
  • The Centers for Disease Control fount that almost 60 percent of overweight children have at least one cardiovascular disease risk, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and abnormal glucose tolerance. Twenty-five percent of overweight kids displayed at least two of these risk factors.
  • A link between body weight and asthma in children has emerged in recent years. A 2008 study in the Journal of Asthma found that a disproportionate percentage of children with asthma were overweight, and that overweight sufferers of asthma had more severe cases than those of normal weight. And according to Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, obesity in children is also associated with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome, which can contribute to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Those are some strange and scary statistics, but the reality of our children’s obesity epidemic is unavoidable. It’s right there in front of us – at the school, in the playground, and too often, in our own homes.

But how is this happening? How are our children being supersized? And why do we seem powerless to stop it?

Here’s an eye-opener: The Centers for Disease Control found that Canadian kids eat more than 150 calories every day than they did in 1989.

Let’s run the math on that one. It takes 3,500 calories to create an extra pound of body weight. That means every 20 days; the average Canadian child eats enough calories to weigh a pound more than his 1989 contemporary. Over the course of a year, that’s enough to add 18 pounds of extra weight to your child’s frame.

How Can This Be?

We have added extra calories to traditional foods.

In the early 1070’s, food manufacturers, looking for cheaper ingredient to replace sugar, came up with a substance called high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Today, HFCS is in an unbelievable array of foods – everything from breakfast cereals to bread, from ketchup to pasta sauce, from juice boxes to iced tea. According to the FDA the average Canadian consumes 82 grams of added sugars every day, which contribute an empty 317 calories to our diets.

We have been trained to supersize it.

If you can get a lot more food for just a few cents more, then it makes sense in the world to upgrade to the ‘value meal’. And because food is so inexpensive for manufacturers to produce large scale, your average fast-food emporium makes a hefty profit whenever you supersize your meal – even though you’re getting a 73 percent more calories for only 17 percent increase in cost.

We have laced our good with preservatives.

A generation ago it was hard for food manufacturers to create baked goods that would last on store shelves. Most baked goods require oils, and oil leaks at room temperature. But since the 1960’s, manufacturers have been baking with – and restaurateurs have been frying with – something called trans fats. Tran’s fats are cheap and effective: They make potato chips crispier, Oreo cookies tastier and they let fry cooks make pound after pound of fries without smoking up their kitchens. The downside: Trans fats increase your bad cholesterol, lower your good cholesterol, and greatly increase your risk of heart disease.

We are drinking more calories than ever.

A study from the University of California found that we consume 450 calories a day from beverages, nearly twice as many as 30 years ago. This increase amounts to an extra 23 pounds a year that we are forced to work off – or carry around with us. Many of the calories come from HFCS in our drinks – especially, when it comes to kids, in our ‘fruit’ drinks that are often nothing more than water, food coloring, and sweetener. In fact, anything you have for your kids to drink in the fridge right now – unless its water or milk – probably has HFCS in it.

We don’t know what’s in our food.

More and more, marketers are adding new types of preservatives, fats, sugars, and other ‘new’ food substances to our daily meals. But often, they go unexplained (what is xanthan gum anyway?) or, in the case of restaurant food, unmentioned. Unless we are eating it right off the tree, its hard t know what exactly is the in the fruity


Giving Back

The Foundation to Fight Obesity in Children has up to date provided approximately $40,000 in fitness equipment, coaching services and nutritional consultations to families and non – profit organizations working with low income families.


  • Founded by Tony Greco in 2008
  • 2008 1st Annual Greco Gives Back
  • 2008 donation to Christie Lakes
  • 2008 donation to Project STEP
  • 2009 Golf Tournament
  • 2009 enrollment of first child in training program
  • 2009 2nd Annual Greco Gives Back
  • 2009 donation to Christie Lakes
  • 2009 donation to Project STEP
  • 2010 Golf Tournament
  • 2010 24 hour Lean & Fit Marathon
  • 2010 Halloween Party


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