His doctor said he didn't want Bryson to gain any more weight until he was 16.
"I noticed when he was playing ball last summer the amount of weight he was gaining," said Sarah Banks, Bryson's mother. "In two months, Bryson had gained 11 pounds last summer. His doctor said he didn't want Bryson to gain any more weight until he was 16. I didn't realize how bad it was. In the fall he had the CARDIAC Kids test and he was 'very high' in Triglycerides."
Sarah consulted Lauren Holland, Community educator at Cox Monett, who recommended the Committed to Kids program.
"Bryson has had nothing but fun since starting the (Committed to Kids) program," his mother added. "He's not using his inhaler as much."
"I feel better," Bryson said. "I can run faster. I can keep up. I don't always have to stop and get something to drink. In basketball, the only time I need my inhaler is at halftime. Before the only way I could get to first base in baseball was if I hit it over the fence. Before I always wanted food. Now I go out on the trampoline instead."
Bryson's mother observed her son at the grocery store reading labels, checking for fat and sugar content, something he never did before.
Bryson has encouraged his family to make better choices about food. That appears to extend to letting Grandma know her regular soda pop is not a healthy choice.