When professional tennis player, JC Aragone, reached out to us on social media sharing with us that Chomps is one of his favorite snacks as someone who is a diabetic, we wanted to learn more about his story right away. For the month of January, JC Aragone is our Chompian of the Month. Read below to learn more about his story!
Can you tell us about yourself - what you do, a bit about your story, etc.?
I am a professional tennis player who is living with type one diabetes. I was diagnosed at 16, resulting from a series of unfortunate health issues. Shortly after being diagnosed, I went to the University of Virginia and joined the tennis team, where I had to learn how to manage the hardships of living with type one diabetes while playing high-level competitive tennis. At UVA, I helped my team win three consecutive NCAA championships. Post college, I immediately became a professional tennis player. On top of being a professional athlete, I am a motivational speaker at diabetes conferences to encourage others with type one to overcome the difficulties they face from type one and pursue their dreams.
What’s your best tip on how to stay positive?
Focus on being present and surrounding yourself with people who lift you up and believe in you.
What’s your workout routine?
My main workout is tennis, but a lot goes into staying healthy and fit to compete at the level I want, from daily gym workouts to preventative rehab sessions, ensuring that my body can take the strain of tennis. While making sure I am getting the necessary cardio workouts required to stay fit to run three-plus hours on a tennis court.
How do you consider yourself a “game changer?”
I love using my platform to inspire others to achieve their dreams and not let diabetes hold us back. I hope I am changing the game for a kid with diabetes and encouraging them to play sports, stay active and ultimately have fun.
What’s the best thing you do for your personal health everyday (mental or physical)?
I love taking my dog for a walk. It helps clear my head and do something stress-free yet peaceful.
What is your favorite Chomps product?
I love the Jalapeño Beef flavor, it has the perfect amount of kick to it.
How does Chomps fuel your lifestyle?
Living with type one diabetes, you learn to make intelligent choices including the snacks you eat. I am fueling my lifestyle with healthy, sugar-free, tasty snacks.
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