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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2005 12:32 pm | Updated: 7:24 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

May 12, 2005

Summertime in Valerie Gustin’s childhood was a fastpaced time of play, newspaper routes, softball practice — and fast food on the go.

"We didn’t sit down much. We were a family of lots of activities. Family meals kind of went out the window," she said. "It sets you up for bad patterns."

Her lifestyle didn’t change to include home-cooked meals and a positive selfimage until a few years ago, when she turned 24.

Now an admissions coordinator for Chandler’s Remuda Ranch, which counsels young girls suffering from eating disorders, she hopes to be a mentor for young girls and boys.

The nationally known company is starting a summer enrichment program targeting girls and boys 8 to 13 years old who are overweight or at risk of suffering from an eating disorder. The program focuses on a positive selfimage and looking for the root of a child’s stress.

Cost for the two-week sessions is $875.

Remuda’s sessions are June 6-17, June 20 to July 1, July 11-22, and July 25 to Aug. 5.

Kila O’Neill, owner of My Gym Children’s Fitness Center in Ahwatukee Foothills, offers noncompetitive gymnastics classes that focus on healthy lifestyles and a positive image.

Visit or for information on programs.

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