Meet Eric & Maleka Beal
Eric and Maleka Beal are healthy lifestyle coaches, authors, speakers, and advocates for healthier living. Their own inspirational weight loss journey began in 2006, when during a doctor’s visit, Eric was shocked to discover his weight ballooned to 400 pounds.
Determined to gain control of his life, Eric immediately embarked on a systematic approach that led to a 150-pound weight loss. Maleka, whose own weight topped 276 pounds, set aside all her excuses and made the CHOICE to join Eric, resulting in her own incredible weight loss of 138 pounds.
Eric and Maleka started BetterChoices, LLC, a healthy lifestyle company with an emphasis on educating, motivating, and empowering individuals to live healthier lives, one betterchoices at a time. “We want to teach and show people HOW to love themselves better. The first step begins with your health.”
In 2014, Eric & Maleka started BetterChoices Healthy Lifestyle Foundation, a non-profit organization to expand their mission of educating and empowering families to live healthier & more active lifestyles so they can improve their overall health & wellness.
The truth is, over the last 4 decades, America’s obesity rates, deaths associated with obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes has steadily increased at alarming rates. According to the CDC,
- Over 60 MILLION adults are obese.
- 1 out of 3 kids and teens are obese.
- 7 out of 10 adults are overweight or obese.
- 8 out of 10 African American women are overweight or obese.
Once being part of these staggering statistics, Eric & Maleka know their journey was purposed to serve a greater mission. BetterChoices is NOT a weight loss program. It is a way of living–it’s a LIFEstyle.
Both New Orleans natives, Eric proudly served five years with the United States Army. He is an honored Gulf War combat veteran and recipient of the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal. As two successful entrepreneurs with over 20 years experience, Eric owned & operated Professional Asset Recovery, a commercial collection agency committed to being the ‘voice of reason’ & reconciling business relationships. Maleka owned and operated a small branding/graphic design studio, MJB Design Studio. She has worked effectively with start-ups, small business, organizations, non-profits, and local government.
As a couple, Eric and Maleka bring a unique perspective and approach to healthier living, weight loss, relationships, marriage, and parenting. Their approach is rooted in education, awareness, truth, and accountability.
After 16 years of marriage, their greatest joy is that of being each others’ best friend, parents of two wonderful boys Eric, Chris and Angel, the family Rottweiler.