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Cesar Chavez lineman slims down, rises up

Cesar Chavez lineman slims down, rises up

by Richard Obert – Aug. 24, 2009 09:56 PM
The Arizona Republic

Sara Burciaga started to cry when she saw her 18-year-old son, Juan, walk into their south Phoenix home this summer.

For nearly a month, the Laveen Cesar Chavez High senior lineman lived with assistant coach Bill Patterson at his Mesa ranch home. Burciaga poured and shoveled cement. He ripped apart concrete slabs. He cleaned horse stalls and fed buffaloes. He ran. He lifted weights. He did rope drills in sand. He pulled out river rock from the bottom of a pool.

A remarkable transformation of body, mind and spirit turned Burciaga from a guy who couldn’t get into a three-point stance last year to a possible four-year-college football prospect as he enters his final season.

Since last season, the 6-foot-3 Burciaga went from carrying 50.6 percent body fat to 28 percent, from weighing 370 pounds to 269. He had not been under 300 pounds since he was 11. Continue reading

South Phoenix PhotoVoice Project

 

 The PhotoVoice project is a part of Arizona’s effort to decrease obesity. The children aged 10-12 met every Saturday to upload their photographs they took and to recognize and talk about them in relation to health, exercise, nutrition and body image. Not only did they learn about these concepts but also they learned photography basics from ASU graduate of the photography program and local artists…

full article via South Phoenix PhotoVoice Project, Photography Exhibition.