We envision a world where all children will enter adulthood physically and mentally equipped to live successful, healthy and productive lives.
Children, today, struggle to maintain a consistently healthy lifestyle due to a dangerous and pronounced culture shift in diet, physical activity, and level of environmental and emotional stress. Affecting countries both rich and poor, this shift has become one of the most serious global public health challenges of the 21st century.
If we don’t act soon to reverse this trend, we’re in danger of raising the first generation of children who may live sicker and die younger than the generation before them.
With a host of serious illnesses including cardiovascular disease, stroke, asthma, certain types of cancer, and mood disorders influenced by diet, activity, and level of stress – it is imperative that communities work together to intervene early to promote healthy habits amongst today’s youth. By doing so, we will make our world healthier and stronger, ease the financial strain on our health care system, and save lives.
The latest research shows that the environments in which we live and the public policies enacted by our leaders directly impact how young people eat, the physical activity in which they engage, and the level of happiness that they feel. When schools offer healthy foods and beverages in cafeterias and vending machines, students eat better. When communities feature parks and bike trails paired with vigorous physical activity programs, children and parents are more active. When neighborhood supermarkets and farmers’ markets sell affordable healthy foods, families eat more nutritiously. However, when communities are dominated by unhealthy food establishments and have only a few safe places to play or exercise, our families do not eat as well and are less active – and thus, their health suffers.
Gasol Foundation focuses its time, energy, and financial resources on increasing physical activity, wellness, and healthy eating, with an emphasis on children and their parents in the United States and Spain.
About The Gasols
Marc and Pau Gasol are brothers, Olympians and All-Star NBA athletes committed to making a difference. Originally from Spain, the Gasols have garnered the national and international spotlight for both their athletic prowess and dedication to philanthropy. Most recently in 2015, Marc and Pau were awarded the Princess of Asturias Award in recognition of their contributions to the sports and philanthropy sectors in Spain.
Marc Gasol has played for the Grizzlies in Memphis, Tennessee since 2008. He was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and 2015 and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013. He is widely considered the best passing center in the NBA. Additionally, Marc is a tremendous community advocate both in Memphis where he is an Ambassador to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and back home in Barcelona, Spain.
Pau Gasol is a power forward for the Chicago Bulls. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2008-2014 as well as the Memphis Grizzlies from 2001-2008. He is a five-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, and has won two NBA championships. In 2012, he won the NBA J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for outstanding service and is an ambassador for UNICEF, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
From a very young age, Marc and Pau Gasol have shared a passion for children’s health. Their mother was a doctor and their father a hospital administrator who practiced at home what they preached at work: healthy kids lead to happy families, who then, together, contribute to successful communities. Marc and Pau had regular access to and were educated on the importance of physical activity, healthy food and emotional security. Some of their fondest family memories were moments spent together actively living a healthy lifestyle. They strive now, as part of their own foundation’s work, to do everything they can to ensure that same level of access and enjoyment for today’s global youth.