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Meet Tony Chase: New Member, HealthCorps Board of Directors

Posted 03/27/2015 | By HealthCorps

We are extremely pleased to announce the newest member of HealthCorps’ Board of Directors: Mr. Tony Chase.  Tony brings to HealthCorps great experience and an incredible background which includes serving as the Chairman & CEO of ChaseSource; receiving a law degree from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School; founding Chase Radio Partners, Cricket Wireless, and ChaseCom; and serving as a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center (read full bio).

We spoke with Tony about how fitness, nutrition, and mental resilience play a large role in his life (see below) and know that with his support, passion, and dedication to bettering the health & wellness of our nation’s youth, HealthCorps will continue to reach new heights and touch student lives.  Welcome to HealthCorps, Tony!

We teach resilience in HealthCorps.  Can you give us some examples of how resilience has served your life?

Resilience has played an important role in my life and reflects the ability to adapt to stress & adversity. When I was 14 I left home to attend an elite Southern boarding school begun in 1839. I was its first Black student. While the first couple of years were challenging I learned much and left there to attend Harvard College.

You are a Native Texan, what are some of the unique regional health problems you see?

Health issues in Texas prominently include obesity, diabetes and other behavioral related conditions.

If you could give someone one piece of advice regarding their health, what would it be?

My advice is regular exercise and eat in moderation.

You grew up attending public schools in Houston. Did your schools focus on health and wellness education? If so or if not, how do you think this affected your learning?

There was little or no health/wellness education in Houston public schools when I attended in the sixties. The effects are dramatic and negative. Most of my early classmates suffer poor health that reflect lifetimes of bad habits.

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