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Gimme Five: Lisa Morrison’s Zach Brooks speaks with a Leader every week to get a quick look at why he or she loves working to create healthy environments for kids. Want to take part? Click here to see Zach’s profile and contact him.

This week, Zach chatted with Leader Lisa Morrison, the founder of Infusion Wellness and the creator of the Zenergy® Program. She has been a professional fitness consultant, yoga teacher and entrepreneur for more than 25 years. Lisa founded Infusion Wellness in 2001 with the goal of making wellness more accessible by bringing the benefits of yoga to people of all ages and all walks of life.

Name: Lisa Morrison
Title: Founder
Organization: Infusion Wellness

What inspired you to start working on childhood obesity?

From my work with kids over the past 12 years, especially those in at risk neighborhoods, I have observed that childhood obesity, attention deficit and bullying are really symptoms of a greater issue, which is lack of empowerment in our kids. My greatest motivation is to give our kids the tools they need to overcome the obstacles in their lives so they can dream big and reach their true potential.

How are you helping to reverse childhood obesity?

By using the healthy life approach that yoga provides to empower kids. My Zenergy program combines yoga and [the concept of having] superpowers in a way that is energizing and fun so that kids can learn to channel their energy, find flexibility through change, build strength, develop endurance, sharpen their focus and bring balance into their lives.

What’s your biggest accomplishment so far in helping reduce childhood obesity?

Partnering with the amazing Dr. Toni Yancey and her Instant Recess program (featured in last week’s Gimme Five) to help spread the benefits of Zenergy to classrooms around America, 10 minutes at a time. You can view a video about the program here.

Who is your role model in your work?

Oprah Winfrey, who over the course of her life has overcome so many struggles and still was able to remain an independent and strong woman. I aspire in some small way to follow her path, motivating so many people and making an enormous positive impact on their lives.

What game or sport did you play growing up?

We loved to play a game called Release the Den. I grew up in Pittsburgh, and on hot summer nights when it would get dark and the street lights would come on, all the kids in the neighborhood would gather together to play. The game is like hide and go seek with teams. We would run around in the dark for hours — it was a blast! Growing up with five kids in my family we could easily make a team ourselves.

Click here to connect with Lisa Morrison.