A Better Body US, Inc.

Mental Health Education, Fitness & Safety Training

aka A Better Body   |   Havana, FL   |


To educate, equip, and empower, the people of Gadsden and Leon counties, who are at or below poverty level, for a healthier, more educated and resilient community.

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Principal Officer

Miss Anne Radke

Main address

1412 Fl Ga Hwy - Suite B

Havana, FL 32333 USA

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NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have been educating the youth and adults in Gadsden and Leon Counties for the past 28 years. The first sixteen years were in just teaching karate at community centers through Alpha UPKUDO Karate. Then in 2008 we began the non profit organization A Better Body.US and added life skills and mental health to the classes. In 2014 we added the REAL Essentials Life Management Program, teaching in the public schools during classtimes valuable life skills that help students succeed in life, motivate them, help with social skills and support the standards of education set forth by Cpalms, the 4 C's (Creative Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity), CCSS (Common Core State Standards), and ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). In 2020 the development of the ABB4Me course for Mental Health and Fitness was added. This program combines physical, emotional, social, and mental health needs.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


UPKUDO karate is a successful martial arts program for people of all ages. Families come to the evening classes. The age of the students range from 4 to senior. The program includes personal safety, the teaching of life skills such as honor, respect, confidence, focus, proper attitude, making right choices, teamwork, anti-bullying techniques, awareness, de-escalation tactics, point sparring for physical fitness and self-esteem, mental and physical conditioning, goal setting, social skills and much more. Striving for their personal best in training helps with grades, encourages good associations with others, family unity, a sense of belonging, and how to work with others. Experienced mentors and instructors in the class lead by example. Control of their actions and emotions, and how to face fears and challenges in life to be successful, are also learned in this program. It is evident that the love students receive and the positive teaching methods have made this art a success for people of all ages.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Seminars are taught at the personal development center in Havana or off location if space allows. Maximum attendance for each seminar is 30. Awareness, assessment, de-escalation tactics and proper action are taught. How to properly block, kick and punch as well as where and when to use the technique are taught. If the group is open to it, throwing techniques, and escape from locks and grabs are also covered. Tips on how to preserve their safety while shopping or traveling, at home and at work are covered. Printed handouts are given to each attendee. A list of potential attacks are listed for the attendees to express what they are most concerned about, and these are covered in the seminar. Also covered are how and what to report regarding incidents of personal attack. In the 1.5 hour session, each participant demonstrates which technique helped them the most. Attendees learn how to use their body as a defense weapon. A brief discussion of various personal safety devices is also held.

Population(s) Served

Training session-Includes on Location Training, Materials and Report A Better Body non profit organization program for class of 20 children maximum . Age groups of 1st through 5th grade Time Frame 1 hour Call to schedule (850)514-4334 or email [email protected] Brief survery of attendees conducted for report to What is a bully.A person who uses their words, strength or power to harm or create fear in or hurt those who are weaker. Bullies dont feel good about themselves or they would not be trying to hurt others feelings or bodies with their actions. Explain what bullying is in 3 levels Level 1: Level 2:Level 3: The following exercises are interactive with the children Identify Exercise #1 Understanding the impact of words/what people called you and how it hurt Identify Exercise #2 Learn how you cant take back mean things Identify Exercise #3 It takes more work to build a person than it does to tear one down What things can do you to report or stop bullying Another interactive activity Realize there are great things about yourself -everyone has something. Reinactment Activity by adults-have the kids identify each of the following Describe who is the person bullying you what happened-details where it happened-location when it happened-time of day (after class or between class etc) Recommendations to students how deal with or how to avoid bullies Adults Dos and Don'ts when handling situations: Give out word search for Bullying

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Life skills taught to middle and high schools where students where they learn to communicate better, make wiser choices, how to deal with temptations and obstacles, prepare for a career, choose the best mate in life, and much more.

Population(s) Served

This unique class is held weekly in the evenings twice a week at 6 pm. In the classes students work physically performing martial arts skills, practice techniques to help them combat bullying, and work on important mental skills. In each class learn or receive:
Respect for themselves and others
Self-confidence and self-control
Stress Reduction techniques
How to ask questions and express themselves
Set realistic goals
How to relax when they feel upset
Problem-solving skills
Flexibility and balance
Learn to follow rules and instruction given in class
To recognize their strength
How to interact with others in positive ways
Receive praise and encouragement in a positive environment

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Inspire, educate and equip all students, especially the socially and economically challenged students to finish high school and go on to college, pick better partners when dating, make smarter choices, avoid temptations, and overcome obstacles.

The ABB4ME mental health and fitness course also support at-risk youth to have a facility to go to and participate in activities through martial arts as well as mental health discussions in how to deal with anger and frustration, how to make good choices, and discuss positive ways to handle life challenges. These classes are for youth five to 24 years old. With the effects of COVID 19, many children and parents are having a hard time coping with the isolation and need support to get balanced on how they approach the changes taken place in their lives.

The Fitness Challenges are starting in 2021 which will be held virtually and this will help those who cannot come to classes due to transportation and time issues. In this challenge, they will participate in a physical challenge within thirty days and receive a medal and shirt for their accomplishment. These will be held quarterly with different themes. All ages five and up are invited to participate.

1. To teach 30 lesson plans virtually over a period of 15 weeks to middle and high school students.

2. Set up the Fitness Challenges quarterly in 2021

3. Acquire grants to support the programs

4. Expand by adding contract labor for media and instructors for teaching

5. Have classes after school and at night four times a week instead of just two which was cut back from the pandemic.

6. Recruit active board members for better support

7. The entire organization is run by volunteer efforts. One or two paid staff positions are greatly needed.

1. Take classes on Zoom to learn how to set up the classes and teach the student's life skills and provide
encouragement to set and meet goals

2. January 2021 starts the first Fitness Challenge called Rise UP, then learn from the actions taken and continue the challenges quarterly. Learn more about social media posting to get the word out. Reach out to more sponsors and apply for grants to support the program. Find a grant writer.

3. Pay a subscription fee to places like and talk to organizations that help non-profits apply for funding. Reach out to SBA or other sources for training to become a grant writer

4. Hire contract labor to help with the media posting and teaching classes. Look for partnerships and perhaps
trade services.

5. Resume classes more often once the pandemic is safe to do so. We have a facility so we can do that on location

6. Ask other professionals to be board members. Read books on how to organize and motivate the board.

7. By increasing grant and fundraising support, charging a small membership fee or entry fee to participate in the programs, we should be able to meet the goal of one or two paid staff members.

Twenty-eight years ago, karate was the main focus on teaching. Seeing physical health played a large role in a better attitude, several certifications in fitness were acquired. Later the mental health and life skills required additional certification so in 2014, REAL Essentials certification was acquired and began in the local schools having the classes as an elective class. It expanded to 4 additional schools and lasted six years. Ending in 2020 due to the pandemic. The classes were finished virtually over the phone since most students did not have the internet or computers.

In 2020 with the COVID situation, we realized how many have been affected mentally by the closing of schools and chaos. So A Better Body has acquired additional training in mental health coaching to help students adapt. A merge of the UPKUDO karate classes and the mental health training classes created the ABB4Me program. Once the facility was allowed to reopen classes began twice a week teaching physical, emotional, and mental skills to help the attendees feel better about themselves, learn how to cope with adversity, strengthen the discipline and respect aspects of karate and physically give them an outlet to work off stress. The classes also help them not feel alone and have a chance to interact while maintaining social distancing. All safety standards are adhered to such as temperature check and hand-sanitizing in addition to mask-wearing and social distancing. We also purchased a UV light that santizes and sterizes the room.

At the end of the classes, while students are stretching and cooling down from their workout, they are asked a few questions or given scenarios on how they would deal with the situation. Each student gives their opinion and the instructor guides them through core principles such as how to resolve conflict, how to deal with bullying, how to handle frustration and anger, and more.

The students miss competition but so many events are canceled so we decided to have fitness challenges a year where the students or anyone could participate in challenging themselves to a physical thirty-day exercise
program on their time at their location. The challenge also requires at least one random act of kindness to be performed. Social media will help us record some of the participants doing the exercises properly on YouTube and how they have had fun doing them. A suggested workout routine was created so that a child, adult or senior could do it with modifications. For those who have more strength, they can add more reps or weight based on what is available to them.

The best way to have a better body is to have a better mind and spirit. The Rise Up Challenge is sure to get people motivated. The ABB4ME is opening the door to rising up to new levels of confidence and happiness. All the programs have a common theme to do whatever it takes to create "A Better Me" . Competition has resumed and 30 students have signed up for ABB4ME program.


A Better Body US, Inc.

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A Better Body US, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/26/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Anne Radke

Executive Director

Term: 2014 - 2030

Board co-chair

Mrs. Lisa Roddenberry


Term: 2014 - 2025

Anne Radke

President/Executive Director

Lisa Roddenberry


Chantal Escoto

Assistant Director

John Escoto

Vice President

Karius McMillan

Board Member

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/16/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/24/2020

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.